Sounds familiar as Queen and Bond fly in

Well, it wouldn’t have been a true celebration of Britishness without some reference to the Second World War’s most famous tune – and this duly turned up in what was probably the most Wow Factor moment. Check the soundtrack between 2.30 and 4.30 on the video link below, and marvel again at the wit and vision of Danny Boyle and his colleagues in producing the most stunning Olympic opening ceremony ever. [Hat tip: Jane!]

BBC IPlayer link for UK readers

Try this link if you are outside the UK :

9 thoughts on “Sounds familiar as Queen and Bond fly in

  1. philip croft July 30, 2012 / 4:54 pm

    GULP ! I’m reluctant to say this-BUT! The Dam Busters march at an OLYMPIC opening ceremony ?? I’m afraid I found it cringeworthy. How embarrasing for the young German athletes and officials etc. I’m as patriotic as anyone, I have always supported the promotion of our historic acheivements, especially with regard to the war on the Nazis. My young half brother died 5 days before wars end in a Halifax bomber raid on Kiel–THEE last raid of WW2. BUT–we risk deserving the critique, that we really ARE fixated and timewarped into this era, and makes us look –a little foolish. We must NEVER forget our boys bravery (theres a correct and suitable time for this) but not this occasion, it was misplaced. The Olympic ideal has many aims, one is to unite in harmony for a shared dream of athletic ambition and acheivement. P.Croft.

  2. Robert Howell July 30, 2012 / 5:26 pm

    Completely disagree. Lighten up!

    • philip croft July 31, 2012 / 8:09 pm

      That’s your perrogative. I have nothing else to say.

  3. FredW August 2, 2012 / 2:57 pm

    Well said Philip! It was completely out of place in an international friendly setting such as the Olympics.

  4. Joel Joy August 5, 2012 / 2:18 am

    There was no intent to antagonize people with this tune. It’s just a really great peice of music. And besides the present-day German’s know full well that the Nazis were idiots, so lets move on.

    • Michael Schmidt September 25, 2012 / 11:20 am

      I completely agree. As a German myself I was not the least offended. I thought of it only as a nice opening-ceremony. I know that my friends felt the same way, and most will have felt the same (if they recognized the tune at all – DamBusters is not well-known here). Besides, we (hopefully!) have easied up. is a really GREAT piece.

  5. George December 19, 2012 / 7:33 am

    Eckehard Stier, Chief Conductor of our wonderful Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra conducted the Dambusters March last year.
    Shows we have all grown up I guess!
    Yes Eckerhard is German by birth, and I was surprised at his choice of music, but glad that history is behind us and we can all enjoy the wonderful music. Look up the history of the piece too!
    New Zealand

  6. Mo Davies February 14, 2015 / 9:50 am

    I first saw the Dam Busters film in a German cinema in about 1964. The Germans were cheering the “good Guys” and crying at the tragedies. The film is an international story of triumph over adversity. I hope the second film, when released, is as good.

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