The 2012 London Olympics opened on Friday (Saturday morning in Manila) with a bang. The humour-filled ceremony was witnessed by 80,000 spectators at the London Olympic Stadium and more than one billion TV viewers around the world.
[The opening scene called "A Green and Pleasant Land" was directed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle of Slumdog Millionaire. Credit: Gettyimages]
[The Olympic Rings rise above the Olympic Stadium. Credit: Reuters]
[Mary Poppin's characters descend from the roof to fight Lord Voldemort. Credit: Press Association]
[James Bond and The Queen parachute into the London 2012 Olympic Stadium from a helicopter. Credit: Facebook]