While NBC's coverage of the spectacular 2012 Olympics opening ceremony did a terrific job of conveying just how epic the whole thing was, it was lacking in one distinct thing: Benedict Cumberbatch. However, British viewers tuning in on BBC got just the right amount of the Emmy-nominated 'Sherlock' star with an introduction video that was not broadcast to international audiences.

It's an introduction that straddles a fine line between getting its audience pumped up and blatant propaganda, but we'd be lying if we said it didn't instill a certain amount of pride in us despite our being headquartered one Atlantic Ocean away. In the clip below, Cumberbatch stares straight into the camera and, with quiet confidence, tells us how London has survived countless troubles over the years, only to rise up, stronger than ever. Whether Cumberbatch is simply proud of his nation's capital or warning the athletic competition that England doesn't go down easily is unknown, but it sure is effective.

What do you think of the video? With Cumberbatch's star on the rise (he's in 'The Hobbit' and 'Star Trek 2' next), it's surprising that no one outside of England was able to see it.

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