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Opening Ceremony will be a star-studded spectacle

The Olympic Stadium at the Olympic Park in

The Olympic Stadium at the Olympic Park in London. (Getty Images) Credit: The Olympic Stadium at the Olympic Park in London. (Getty Images)

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.

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