Olympics Opening Ceremony 2012: The Queen and Daniel Craig Star in Mini-Movie, J.K. Rowling Honors Nurses (PHOTOS)
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Directed by Slumdog Millionaire's Danny Boyle, the ceremony itself was a spectacular retelling fo London's history. From the Industrial Revolution to Beatlemania, no stone was left turned -- or firework unlit -- for the special occasion.
Opening the show with an idyllic countryside backdrop, the stage was then transformed into a large dusty factory as workers forge the famous Olympic rings from molten hot irons.
Switching from the live stage to the silver screen, the Queen herself had a hand in the show as she starred alongside Daniel Craig -- the current James Bond in the successful franchise -- in a short movie, which ended with the duo, or some body doubles that looked a lot like them, "parachuting" out from a helicopter hovering above the stadium.
Harry Potter author J.K Rowling also made an appearance in the ceremony, paying tribute to Britain's most beloved institutions -- the National Health Service -- as hundreds of nurses danced alongside children in a large-scale choreographed routine.
Rounding out the fireworks-filled spectacle, music from Queen, David Bowie, the Sex Pistols, New Order was heard blaring from the speakers as Beatles member Paul McCartney closed the ceremony with a live performance of "Hey Jude."
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