Olympics Opening Ceremony 2012: The Queen and Daniel Craig Star in Mini-Movie, J.K. Rowling Honors Nurses (PHOTOS)

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Olympics Opening Ceremony 2012
After years of planning, and millions of dollars spent, London officially kicked off the 2012 Summer Olympics this Friday evening with a ceremony with cameos from British icons Paul McCartney, J.K. Rowling and -- yes, your eyes are not misleading you -- Queen Elizabeth II and James Bond, erm, Daniel Craig "parachuting" out of a helicopter.

What other show-stopping spectacles did London have to offer?

Launch the gallery for highlights from the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

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."

What do you think of the Olympics opening ceremony? Sound off in the comments.

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