£27 million / $42 million and seven years of planning have been poured into the 2012 Summer Olympics and kicking things off on Friday (July 27th), Queen Elizabeth II and James Bond (Daniel Craig) parachuted out of a helicopter as part of the Opening Ceremony directed by ‘Slumdog Millionaire’s’ Danny Boyle.
The buzzing crowd of 60,000 people watched attentively as Boyle’s extensively planned three-hour opening ceremony unfolded, giving viewers a look into the history of England, which was accompanied by fighter jets, fireworks, highly-choreographed dance routines and much more.
At the end of it all, Sir Paul McCartney closed the ceremony with an impressive and fitting performance. Opening with ‘The End,’ he sang “And in the end. The love you take is equal to the love you make,” before launching into a rendition of The Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude.’
The 70-year-old British legend closed the opening ceremony in a way that only he could accomplish as both the athletes and the crowd sang along word for word as they swayed from side to side.
“I declare open the Games of London, celebrating the 30th Olympiad of the modern era,” said the 86-year-old monarch, who was accompanied by her husband, Prince Philip, and International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge.
The complete Olympic soundtrack,‘Isles of Wonder – Music For The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics’ will be made available for purchase on Saturday July 29th, and ‘A Symphony of British Music: Music For The Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games,’ will become available for purchase on August 12th.
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