Johnnie English sat down alongside other versions of 007 but Mr Bean stole the show dreaming of Chariots of Fire at the London Olympic Opening Ceremony 2012


I loved this “mr bean london youtube” video and shared it on facebook and next day went to embed it here, so I could watch it again, but the olympic committee pulled it due to copyright. They don’t understand marketing if they pull their most potent selling example in order to protect something people won’t purchase without a reason, but… it’s their copy right…

I found another version available – for now, so you can go watch mr bean at london but not on youtube.

Rowan Atkinson (aka Mr Bean) and his Olympic Dreams

I loved the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics. It was whimsical and wonderful. It honoured their talent and icons, honoured their people, remembered their history and stated what they believe in.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 27: British actor Rowan Atkinson in his role as Mr Bean takes part in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

We love to laugh, so Mr Bean is always fun, being the naughty selfish child inside us all. But it was wonderful to listen to Tubular bells and Dark side of the moon and Abide with me, among others and remember these British musicians.

It was interesting to see the depiction of the industrial revolution and it’s impact, and then to see Tim Berners Lee there, sitting at a desk, the unwitting architect of the digital revolution that has changed our world forever too.

It was a grin to watch Voldemort and the dementers banished by Mary Poppins. To watch kids jumping on beds in the NHS scene, and all those many people drumming and dancing who volunteered to be part of it all, and no doubt have been practising for years now for this one glorious day.

So much more I could say, but after all, just well done. Let the games begin and we’ll get on with seeing this new batch of olympians from all over the World, shining with pride when they accept their medals.



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