Opening Ceremony will be a star-studded spectacle
Olympic officials have tried their best to keep the details of Friday night's Opening Ceremony under wraps, but one thing is certain: it's going to be a spectacle.
Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, the art director for the extravaganza, teased a few details Thursday on NBC's "Today" show, revealing that the show will open with the gong of a 27-pound bell forged at the same foundry that made the Liberty Bell and London's Big Ben. The show's theme, "Isles of Wonder," is based on a line from Shakespeare's "The Tempest," which reads, "Be not afraid, the isle is full of noises."
The ceremony kicks off at 9 p.m. in London, and will be broadcast by NBC starting at 7:30 p.m. in New York. About 62,000 are expected to attend the event, including Michelle Obama. An estimated 1 billion will tune in to watch broadcasts worldwide.
The rest of the ceremony is rumored to include a man parachuting into the stadium dressed as James Bond, a prerecorded appearance by Queen Elizabeth II and Daniel Craig and a closing number by Paul McCartney.
On tv: 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony airs at 7:30 p.m. on NBC.