David Beckham Brings Olympic Torch to London Opening Ceremony

David Beckham passes under Tower Bridge driving a speedboat which carries the Olympic Torch with its torchbearer on July 27, 2012 in London. , England. Athletes, heads of state and dignitaries from around the Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images

Let the Games begin!

Soccer hunk David Beckham officially ushered in London's 2012 Olympic Games Friday evening by driving a speedboat to Olympic Stadium with the all-important flame on board.

Traveling down the River Thames, Beckham, 37, joined by young soccer standout Jade Bailey, said of Friday's festivities: "Today is going to be an amazing moment."

"I am going to be just proud just to be there as a fan more than anything," Victoria Beckham's husband continued. "In a part of London where I grew up playing soccer over the fields that have been changed now. As a fan and an Englishman I am going to be very proud."

Inside the stadium, stars including Princes William and Harry and Kate Middleton looked on as filmmaker Danny Boyle kicked off the festivities with a pre-recorded skit featuring Daniel Craig in character as James Bond. As the movies' theme song played, a stuntman appearing as Bond parachuted into the arena — followed by a stunt person in Queen Elizabeth garb! (While the actual parachuter was a double, the monarch did appear in the Boyle's three-minute film.)

Roylas at the Olympic Games
Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry in London. Startraks Photo

Also included in Boyle's tribute to England ahead of the Games: Mary Poppins, Mr. Bean and Harry Potter's Lord Voldemort.

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