James Bond and a Beatle Headline Opening Ceremony
The 2012 Summer Olympics: What to Watch, July 27
The Opening Ceremony
Time: 7:30 pm Eastern (tape delay), NBC
Years of preparation and months of hype are finally giving way to actual competition, but today's highlight is undoubtedly the Opening Ceremony kicking off the Games of the XXX Olympiad (careful when you Google that phrase, by the way).
In addition to the entrance of hundreds of athletes and the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron that will burn for the next fortnight, the Opening Ceremony is designed to showcase the culture of the host country, so it's no surprise that Londoners have chosen to feature two of England's most significant cultural contributions: James Bond and the Beatles. Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire) has assembled an extravaganza titled "The Isles of Wonders," and among those wonders will be a major role for actor Daniel Craig, best known for portraying James Bond, and a performance from Beatle Sir Paul McCartney that will close the night.
In between, there are reports that 70 sheep will take part in the ceremony, along with a few horses, chickens and sheep dogs. Seriously. Draw your own conclusions.
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