Personally, I especially enjoyed this 3 minute film and opening to the games, for it was totally unexpected. As far as the records show, this was the Queen's first role in a movie, and she had graciously opened her private quarters back in April for one day of filming with Daniel Craig and the producers of the opening ceremonies.
After taking her place in the stands, the Queen made the statement that officially opened the 30th Olympics. Let's be clear, watching her face it seems that this is SERIOUS business. No smiles forthcoming from her at this official announcement. Let the games begin then.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed the opening movie segment with the queen, I still must wonder why she is such a serious person. Is it the tradition that goes along with being the figurehead of England? Or is it just her own reserved nature?
Some people say that Friday night the elderly monarch "was remade as a pop-culture icon" with her movie debut. Others call the Queen's opening a "show-stopper." Then some felt the Queen finally changed her general perception of being reserved and unapproachable.
I don't know what she's really like, but she sure seems stiff to me, just judging by her face. She lost a few points with me later, when, as the athletes of her own country marched in, she stood by picking her nails. No smile, no applause, no cheering. One must wonder if she felt pride in her team, or even noticed them at all. Loosen up a bit Elizabeth, please!
I like smiles from a person. I feel good when a person exudes warmth. Well, whatever Queen Elizabeth II is really like, when I saw the next picture of her with James Bond, I was glad to see she was finally smiling.
But let's be honest here folks, if I were standing next to him, I would be smiling too!