The Olympic Flame

The 2012 Olympic Cauldron by Thomas Heatherwick - design by Thomas Heatherwick studio

From his speedboat, David Beckham handed the torch to Sir Steve Redgrave, who in turn passed the glory moment to the next generation of athletes. Redgrave is a British rower who won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games from 1984-2000.

The Olympic cauldron looked really amazing!

London 2012 Olympic Cauldron designed by Thomas Heatherwick studio

A group of seven young athletes light the Olympic Cauldron.

The Olympic cauldron rises into position during the opening ceremony

London 2012 Olympic Cauldron design by Thomas Heatherwick studio via

London Olympics 2012

London 2012 Olympic Cauldron - Petal - design by Thomas Heatherwick studio - after the games the cauldron will be dismantled and each competing country will take home one of the 204 petals. via

London 2012 Olympic cauldron design by Thomas Heatherwick studio

Thomas Heatherwick - London 2012 Olympic cauldron

On route: David Beckham's role became clear midway through as he delivered the flame via speedboat

London 2012 Olympic torch route

It's arrived: David Beckham looks pleased as he carries the Olympic torch at RNAS Culdrose this evening 18 May 2012

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It worked! Beckham lights the cauldron at the airbase after escorting the Torch from Athens. It will begin its 70 day trip tomorrow

Olympic Flame speeds to the Stadium along the Thames by David Beckham

A speedboat carrying footballer David Beckham and the Olympic Torch races under Tower Bridge during Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Games in London.

Even before the Games start, there are losers. Although Paris was a frontrunner to win the Olympics from the beginning, last minute lobbying from Tony Blair clinched it for London. Paris lost the Games by four votes.

Becks Bond? - David Beckham passes under Tower Bridge driving a speedboat named 'Max Power' which carries the Olympic Torch with its torchbearer.