Spectacle Launches London Games

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27:  Chris Hoy of the Great Britain Olympic cycling team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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    With a wild opening ceremony directed by Danny Boyle, the 2012 Olympic Games are officially beginning. Boyle’s vision for the highly anticipated ceremony includes a homage to preindustrial England, a journey through the decades of British pop music, and a skit combining the forces of James Bond and the monarchy. The New York Times is live blogging the event, following as flag-bearing teams from across the globe enter the stadium and as famous Britons like Daniel Craig, Rowan Atkinson, J.K. Rowling, and, of course, Queen Elizabeth II make appearances.

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