LONDON (AP) -- The queen and James Bond have given the London Olympics a royal entrance like no other in an opening ceremony that rolled to the rock of the Beatles, the Stones and The Who.
The highlight of Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle's $42 million show was pure movie magic, using trickery to make it seem that Britain's beloved 86-year-old Queen Elizabeth II had parachuted into the stadium with film's most famous spy.
A short film showed 007 driving up to Buckingham Palace in a black London cab and, pursued by the royal dogs, meeting the queen, who played herself.
They were shown getting into a helicopter -- she in a melon-colored gown, he in a black tuxedo -- that flew them over London landmarks to the stadium, where they jumped out into the inky night.
At the same moment, real skydivers appeared in the skies over the stadium. And moments after that, the monarch appeared in person, accompanied by her husband Prince Philip.
Elizabeth stood solemnly while a children's choir serenaded her with "God Save the Queen," and members of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force raised the Union Jack.