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Michael Nyman unhappy with 'Chariots of Fire' in Opening Ceremony

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Michael Nyman has taken issue with the use of the theme from Chariots of Fire in Danny Boyle's London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.

The Oscar-nominated composer wrote a post on Facebook to complain about both the choice of song and the humour in the segment featuring Rowan Atkinson.

British composer and pianist Michael Nyman

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Rowan Atkinson appearing in the Opening Ceremony as the famous Mr. Bean

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"Michael Nyman is filled with wonder over the most 'significant' musical item in the Olympics opening ceremony," he said

"You take Simon Rattle and the LSO to play not music by a British composer but by Vangelis, a Greek."

He continued: "But it's there because it is the memorable soundtrack to Chariots of Fire, a film dealing with British Olympic endeavour in the in the pre-Big Mac era.

"But both the music and the film itself have the p*ss taken out of them by Mr Bean.

"What was the thought, if any, behind this and would Danny Boyle and Stephen Daldry welcome other film directors 'subverting' Slumdog or Billy Elliott in some other huge event shown to millions of TV viewers, even those, I suspect, watching NBC?"

Atkinson's take on the Chariots of Fire theme cause the biggest spike in conversation on social networking site Twitter during the evening of the opening ceremony.

Poll: Do you agree with Michael Nyman that 'Chariots of Fire' was unfairly subverted in the Olympics Opening Ceremony?
Yes9.19%
No90.81%


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