The official opening of the 30th Olympic Games of the modern Olympiad got off to a spectacular start in London. Hollywood-style pizzazz marked the occasion and decorum thrown out the window in the normally staid land of Britain.
Queen Elizabeth II, who solemnly opened the Games, got into the spirit of the evening with an Olympic-sized entrance that left spectators gasping. A video shows the elderly monarch accompanied by actor Daniel Craig, playing his now iconic role as British super-spy James Bond, taking a helicopter from the grounds of her palace through the evening skies of London and finally to the ceremonies at the Olympic stadium as thousands looked on.
Taking a cue from the movies, the queen took a leap into history and into the hearts of her countrymen, in a display of good humor and sincere patriotism. The British monarch to later jump into the stadium via parachute where thousands of spectators watched and gasped.
The joke was on them when she emerged at her seat, accompanied by her husband Philip, to officially open the Olympic Games, shaken but not stirred.