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(The Next Web)   If there's one way for the queen to cap off her silver anniversary, it's BASE jumping into Olympic Stadium with Bond, James Bond. Queen looked shaken... But not stirred   (thenextweb.com) divider line 42
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2012-07-28 10:56:00 AM
4 votes:
I gave up watching at the third commercial into the parade of nations. I don't care how much money they got for advertising, unless it all goes to legitimate (*cough*noSGK*cough*) charities, then it was a farking waste.

NBC is rightly a laughingstock this morning in America for the "coverage" they had last night.

MAYORBOB: Ripping good stuff no matter what a lot of bleeding Yanks have to say.


Listen, wanker, we're not complaining about how good or how bad the ceremony was, because it was very good. We're complaining about how we want to rip the vocal cords out of the still-breathing bodies of Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira and Bob Costas and shoot the person who thought cutting a memorial piece to terrorism victims in favor of face time for Seacrest and Phelps was a good idea.
2012-07-28 10:10:00 AM
4 votes:
The Queen is 86 yrs old...and was up way past her bedtime. And, she has to make sure her 91 yr old husband next to her is not going to croak. Give Her Majesty a break

Queen/James Bond thing rocked last nite. Whiners need to get a life
2012-07-28 09:29:58 AM
3 votes:
"As God is my witness, I thought monarchs could fly!"
2012-07-28 05:21:14 PM
2 votes:
So. Very. British. I don't mean all the famous landmarks, or even that it was the Queen and James Bond. It is that peculiar brand of cheese found only in British entertainment that I love so very, very much. Straight faces the whole way, totally understated, totally ridiculous: "look, it'll be awesome, just go with" turned up to 11.

Any wonder that these are the people who make Doctor Who?
2012-07-28 04:45:06 PM
2 votes:

Elegy: Was anybody else shocked by the number of tasteless dictator comments by the NBC commentators? Come on people, now is not the time - you're making Americans look stupid again.

/Idi Amin, anyone?


There's a reason why those two aren't professional sport commentators. And now we know why. NBC should have chucked the more famous faces for real sport commentators who know when to shut up when things are happening and when to chat during the quiet parts.

Oh, and the opening ceremony was the cheesiest opening ceremony that I have ever seen for any country.

It was also the most fun.

I loved watching it and trying to make out all of the references because they were going fast and furious. It was less an Olympic opening ceremony and more like a West End musical. I was entertained.

See, Beijing had an opening ceremony. London had a show. And it was an awesome show.
2012-07-28 12:37:27 PM
2 votes:
This was farking AWESOME! What a fabulous sense of humor! Gawd, but I loved this bit - thank you, Royal House of Windsor and BBC.
2012-07-28 10:41:02 AM
2 votes:

SharkTrager: Bungles: I wonder what Free Republic made of the 20 minute love-letter to the NHS...

I'm not on the right and I found that bit kind of tacky and even creepy.


It's a big deal to the Brits. At a time they were shutting down the empire, they were starting up the welfare state and the NHS was the first single payer healthcare system in the world. In terms of national identity it's pretty fundamental. Moreso than Merrie Olde Englande or royalty, because it impacts very directly on everyone's lives there.
2012-07-28 10:37:27 AM
2 votes:

SharkTrager: Bungles: I wonder what Free Republic made of the 20 minute love-letter to the NHS...

I'm not on the right and I found that bit kind of tacky and even creepy.



Well it's one of the best things that the UK invented, and it's adored in the UK. I don't see a problem with celebrating it
2012-07-28 10:17:43 AM
2 votes:

Nem Wan: "Good evening, Mr. Bond" from the mouth of Queen Elizabeth II is the absolute apex of the 007 franchise under any circumstances.


Yep, being a long-time Bond fan, it gave me goosebumps. The rest of the vid was so-so, but when he gently "coughed" to announce his presence to the queen it was classic Bond. "I don't care if you're the bloody Queen, I've got a job to do".
2012-07-28 10:07:57 AM
2 votes:
That was fun. For all the turmoil the Royal family has been though I think it's cool for the Queen to actually participate and say "O.K." to the idea that she'd jump in from a helicopter, even though the sleight-of-hand was patently obvious.
2012-07-28 09:47:18 AM
2 votes:
She helped kick Hitler's a$$, she can look grumpy as far as I'm concerned.
///Godwin?
2012-07-28 09:32:16 AM
2 votes:
The video may have surprised anybody who was expecting a mini-007 film because it treated James Bond as a fantasy figure come to life (like the Churchill statue) rather than attempting to credibly dramatize the notion that the Queen has summoned her best MI6 agent to get her to the stadium. Abandoning any pretense that Bond is a real secret agent, the Brazilian schoolchildren and the people in London in the video were delighted to see him as the first of many beloved characters arriving at the ceremony.

Daniel Craig, known for playing Bond seriously, did a remarkable job staying in character in this situation. You see his mind focusing on the one thread of verisimilitude, that of course Bond would serve the Queen. "Good evening, Mr. Bond" from the mouth of Queen Elizabeth II is the absolute apex of the 007 franchise under any circumstances.
2012-07-28 09:09:28 AM
2 votes:
Ripping good stuff no matter what a lot of bleeding Yanks have to say.
2012-07-28 07:14:32 PM
1 votes:

thamike: [media.tumblr.com image 500x278]

"I believe we are looking for a menstruating child who is waterproof to a depth of fifty meters."


HA! I loves me some Sir Digby Chicken Caesar!

/That's Numberwang!
2012-07-28 05:47:32 PM
1 votes:
I don't want to rub it in any more, but the BBC website for the Olympics is spectacular. Every single event live and in catchup, you can build your own schedules.

That's obviously in addition to the 20-odd BBC Olympic channels on TV, showing every single event live.

And did I mention the 6 different versions of the Opening they offered? One without any commentary, one with audio description.... one in bloody 3D.

And actual sports experts and past Olympians commentating, not Ryan Seacrest.

Oh, and no ads.


tee hee.


/I'm currently watching womens fencing, just because I can.
2012-07-28 05:19:40 PM
1 votes:
I had the opportunity to see the ceremony live (thank FSM, BBC 1, and the Internets) and the NBC presentation. I thought I was watching something completely different.

NBC clearly did a cut and paste with commercials and Phelps, et. al. We're going to stick with "Auntie Beeb" for the rest of the Games.

NBC: Nothing But Commercials.

"Welcome back. While we gone Di Arrunnzio scored 7 hits and took the lead 8 - 2 in this gold medal match. We'll be back after this message for Budwiser Clydesdale Piss."
"Welcome back. While you were gone Vallezzia came back and won the match 15 -14 in overtime. This has been Brent Slackjaw, and if you had been watching our sister network you could have seen the medal ceremony 45 minutes ago. And now back to whoever it is in our studio in New York with a list of events that have been tape delayed for our convenience."

NBC might be an American network, but they are making a dog's breakfast if not a total shambles of these Games. I am so glad we lined up that condo in Rio.
2012-07-28 04:03:26 PM
1 votes:

FriarReb98: Bungles: /NBC coverage was apparently utterly awful though

Yes, yes it was. All it was missing was Al Roker throwing out random jokes that leave everyone feeling awkward.


Did you miss the part where Costas was mocking those stupid wogs with there gabble-gabble names?
2012-07-28 01:22:45 PM
1 votes:

Elegy: Was anybody else shocked by the number of tasteless dictator comments by the NBC commentators? Come on people, now is not the time - you're making Americans look stupid again.

/Idi Amin, anyone?


My head jerked when they were talking about Pakistan. I mean really? I tried to remember back to 1984 and whether the announcers said "and here are the dastardly rooskies, who the world is watching for any nogoodnik activities, and their lovely gymnasts."
2012-07-28 01:09:30 PM
1 votes:

Elegy: Was anybody else shocked by the number of tasteless dictator comments by the NBC commentators? Come on people, now is not the time - you're making Americans look stupid again.

/Idi Amin, anyone?


They do it every time! It's terrible. The BBC did a little bit of it but not much. Mostly mentioned countries that never won a medal but there wasn't a smug gleeful tone in their voice like there always has been with Costas and Company. NBC's coverage is a good example of why so much of the world thinks we're arrogant pricks.
2012-07-28 12:48:01 PM
1 votes:
Was anybody else shocked by the number of tasteless dictator comments by the NBC commentators? Come on people, now is not the time - you're making Americans look stupid again.

/Idi Amin, anyone?
2012-07-28 12:10:59 PM
1 votes:
In conclusion to my 24 hours of rabbiting on about it, here's my final analysis of the (BBC version) ceremony.

Bucolic pastures transformed into industrial hell: Inspired, and just the sort of thing, a genuine sense of history and theatrics, that the UK can do well.

Releasing the balloon with the rings that gave the final shot, live from space: Brilliant, but you'd only know what it was if you read the onscreen labels. I presumed it was CGI when I saw it.

Queen's arrival: Great, very daft and very British.

Mr Bean: Clearly for the Japanese and Germans. They love Mr Bean far more than the UK does.

Great Ormond Street funded by Peter Pan: a little odd, but immensely enjoyable, and two of the things the UK is rightly proud of. 100 foot Voldemort and 60 flying Mary Poppins. Can't argue with that.

7/7 tribute: perfectly pitched and haunting. One of the highlights.

Athlete's parade: as long and dull as always, but the green grassy hill for the flags was a nice touch.

1960s-2010 musical medley: Weakest part for me. Great soundtrack, but the whole "lots of people doing synchronized things" is * exactly* what needed to be avoided in order to avoid Beijing comparisons. China is awesome at that. The UK isn't. It looked cheap and daft. Tim Berners-Lee at the end of it was great though.

Bike butterflies: Ok, we're clearly filling time here. But why not. It looked nice.

Paul McCartney: Oh god. Why not do a Beatles hologram, a la Tu Pac? That would have been awesome.

Cauldron lighting: Excellent. Prettiest and best symbolism for a Cauldron so far. Just peaked the fire arrow one for me.
2012-07-28 11:51:49 AM
1 votes:

Any Pie Left: Dear Lauer, Viera, and Costas:

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The only way that NBC can get out of this PR clusterfark of massacring the ceremony is if they show the BBC version, uninterrupted, unedited, with a silent "sorry" placard at the beginning.
2012-07-28 11:49:57 AM
1 votes:
Dear Lauer, Viera, and Costas:

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2012-07-28 11:38:40 AM
1 votes:

one0nine: William and Harry would likely stage a stadium ambush themselves, however... William flying the chopper and Harry rappelling down to show center.


I said that last night: if William were monarch at this point, he would have just done the stunt himself.

/would have been AWESOME
2012-07-28 11:23:06 AM
1 votes:

Trance750: gopher321: Trance750:

I've heard The Monarch can have the Prime Minister removed via 'Royal Command'. Is that true?


I've heard the American president removes his human skin at night and consumes great quantities of fried badger livers. Is that true?

I'm just curious. No need to be an asshole


You have the largest and most readily searchable compendium of knowledge ever assembled in human history literally at your fingertips. You could satisfy your curiosity in a matter of seconds. But no, you ask others to google that for you. So on reflection, who is the asshole?

Seriously, the Internet is completely wasted on at least half the people who have access to it.
2012-07-28 11:15:22 AM
1 votes:

p the boiler: What kind if weird atmosphere does London have? It was sunny on the helicopter, but dark elsewhere.


They crossed the Prime Meridian when flying from Westminster to East London. Duh.
2012-07-28 11:11:32 AM
1 votes:
Watching the opening ceremonies now and I just have 1 thing to say:

Matt and Meridith need to shut the fark up!

Watching Arctic Monkeys now, and Matt keeps blathering on about what a great job they're doing. Ya know, if you would shut your pie hole I'd be able to listen to the music and make up my own mind. The more I watch the more annoyed I get with their mindless commentary.

Jeez, they're annoying as hell.
2012-07-28 10:40:30 AM
1 votes:
I got a copy of the BBC broadcast since the NBC one was, well, just f'ing awful.
Night and day difference. Listening to a BBC radio interview show over the olympics coverage, the typically understated BBC said that the NBC coverage was "painful".
2012-07-28 10:33:00 AM
1 votes:
As a long-time Bond fan and an admirer of the Queen, last night's event was utterly, utterly brilliant. I rather doubt Charles would have the gumption or humour to engage in such sport.

William and Harry would likely stage a stadium ambush themselves, however... William flying the chopper and Harry rappelling down to show center.
2012-07-28 10:27:24 AM
1 votes:
I wonder what Free Republic made of the 20 minute love-letter to the NHS...
2012-07-28 09:58:22 AM
1 votes:

Trance750: I've heard The Monarch can have the Prime Minister removed via 'Royal Command'. Is that true?


In theory, the Queen has a lot of powers. It's presumed she would know when to use them, but as long as the system is working there is no need. She has received intelligence briefings for 60 years. Whenever she meets a prime minister or another world leader she probably knows more than the person she's meeting. She may not exercise much power but she is a reservoir of power.
2012-07-28 09:53:53 AM
1 votes:

thisispete: midpoint: Terror victims tribute at 1:18:10 in the full show recording here: Link

If anyone can find a standalone clip of this segment I'd appreciate hearing about it. This is the bit NBC apparently cut away from, so you might not have seen it.

Abide With Me is a beautiful hymn. Perhaps NBC was a little worried about mixing religion with sport.


not likely considering most of the early music in the opening were hymns too.
2012-07-28 09:43:08 AM
1 votes:

gopher321: Trance750:

I've heard The Monarch can have the Prime Minister removed via 'Royal Command'. Is that true?


I've heard the American president removes his human skin at night and consumes great quantities of fried badger livers. Is that true?


I'm just curious. No need to be an asshole
2012-07-28 09:35:28 AM
1 votes:

Trance750:

I've heard The Monarch can have the Prime Minister removed via 'Royal Command'. Is that true?



I've heard the American president removes his human skin at night and consumes great quantities of fried badger livers. Is that true?
2012-07-28 09:28:29 AM
1 votes:

Trance750: EngineerAU: Fark Rye For Many Whores: Could've been more believable. Why just her ankles getting into the chopper? Why not a body double for that. Then the double jumps into a target(but it's a room that will hide you) and out walks the queen, who's been hiding there.

I suspect they were already pushing the limit of what she was willing to do even with the short bit filmed in the palace. Most of the actual power of the monarchy is gone, they've really only have prestige left. It wouldn't do for the institution to become part of humorous pop culture.

I know nothing but UK Politics and don't pretend to, but does she not appoint the Prime Minister?


No. She can't appoint anybody, but there is a polite bit of fluff that the Queen asks whoever won the election if they will be Prime Minister, but that is the only person she can ask. It's not like if she doesn't like the person she can veto it or anything.
2012-07-28 09:18:44 AM
1 votes:
Not my farking Bond. Where's Sean Connory or Pierce Bronson?
2012-07-28 09:11:49 AM
1 votes:

Fark Rye For Many Whores: Could've been more believable. Why just her ankles getting into the chopper? Why not a body double for that. Then the double jumps into a target(but it's a room that will hide you) and out walks the queen, who's been hiding there.


I suspect they were already pushing the limit of what she was willing to do even with the short bit filmed in the palace. Most of the actual power of the monarchy is gone, they've really only have prestige left. It wouldn't do for the institution to become part of humorous pop culture.
2012-07-28 09:06:36 AM
1 votes:
i36.photobucket.com
2012-07-28 09:06:11 AM
1 votes:
Could've been more believable. Why just her ankles getting into the chopper? Why not a body double for that. Then the double jumps into a target(but it's a room that will hide you) and out walks the queen, who's been hiding there.
2012-07-28 09:04:08 AM
1 votes:
Terror victims tribute at 1:18:10 in the full show recording here: Link

If anyone can find a standalone clip of this segment I'd appreciate hearing about it. This is the bit NBC apparently cut away from, so you might not have seen it.
mjg
2012-07-28 08:58:38 AM
1 votes:
larrybrownsports.com

Christine Merrill
hurdles, Sri Lanka
(studies at UCSD)

/some were asking who she was last night
//fyi
2012-07-28 08:57:44 AM
1 votes:
I just admit, quite candidly, that my monocle fell into my glass of sherry.

A bit shocking I do say.
 
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