I was a little cynical about the ability of the organisers to come anywhere near the last (Beijing) opening ceremony - I was wrong to be. I watched it on TV from start to finish and found the main sections not only well orchestrated but very original.
There was a solid historical theme supported by aspects of political development plus good music from the period covered - not to mention two separate areas of well recognised humour in 007 and Rowan Atkinson. I never thought I would see HM aiding and abetting hamming it up.
Certainly both the lighting of the flame and the cauldron (if that is the correct definition) itself have never been seen before. Passing the responsibility to the next generation in the manner it was will take some beating in the future and the design, assembly and function of the cauldron was innovative.
There were some parts not to my taste but that is to be expected. Overall a world beating performance I thought.