There will be sheep. A cricket game. Nurses. Plus Paul McCartney and possibly James Bond.
Officials want details of the 27 million-pound ($42.3 million) London Olympics opening ceremony to be a secret so that viewers can be surprised, but director Danny Boyle has already disclosed select details: Real farm animals on meadows; plows and maypoles; an idyllic picture of England as the ''green and pleasant land;'' a dance number featuring nurses and a closing song by McCartney.
Many reports are also suggesting a pre-recorded segment filmed inside Buckingham Palace featuring actor Daniel Craig as Bond, and a stuntman dressed as 007 who will parachute into the stadium to start the show. Later, the pastoral first act will be replaced by a grim scene reenacting a coal-blackened, industrial Britain at the mercy of towering chimney stacks and giant cogs.
How will it all come together?
The ceremony's mastermind, filmmaker Boyle, has stressed that the 3-hour show will take ...