London: The London Olympics blasted off with a highly creative ceremony ever witnessed in the history of the hallowed Games on Friday night.
Danny Boyle, one of Britain's most successful filmmakers, who directed "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Trainspotting," had a ball with his favored medium, mixing filmed passages with live action to hypnotic effect, with 15,000 volunteers taking part in the show.
Queen Elizabeth II playing along with movie magic from Boyle provided the highlight of the Oscar-winner's high-adrenaline show. With film trickery, Boyle made it seem that Britain's beloved 86-year-old monarch and its most famous spy parachuted into the stadium together.
Daniel Craig as 007, the queen, playing herself, and her royal corgis starred in a short movie filmed in Buckingham Palace. "Good evening, Mr. Bond," she said before they were shown flying by helicopter over London landmarks and then leaping " she in a salmon-colored dress, Bond dashing as ever in a black tuxedo " into the inky night over Olympic Park....more
09:34 AM, Jul 28, 2012