In feverish anticipation of tonight's London 2012 Opening Ceremony, we thought we'd bring you some of the best moments from opening ceremonies past
In feverish anticipation of tonight's London 2012 Opening Ceremony, we thought we'd bring you some of the best moments from opening ceremonies past. What do you think tonight's will feature? Since Danny Boyle is directing, perhaps heroin addicts dancing around an operating table which is struck by lightning. When the smoke clears, a blond mop of hair rises up and starts declaiming Greek… Anyway, let us know in the comments.
Seoul 1988: The doves are released too early… and are perching on the cauldron… Jump to 3'00″ for that.
Beijing 2008: The unsurpassable, frankly rather frightening banging of 3,000 drums.
London 1948: Amazing colour footage of King George VI, in an era when austerity really meant something.
Berlin 1936: Leni Riefenstahl's film shows Hitler giving the Nazi salute as officials walk by. Terrifying. The tolling bell with the Olympic rings under the Nazi eagle is also chilling. Not really 'top', then, but certainly notable.
Barcelona 1992: The cauldron is lit by an archer. Impressive.
And one closing ceremony: Los Angeles 1984: Lionel Richie singing All Night Long. Turns out he fired his manager after this because he had a global audience and had no new album to promote.