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Opening ceremony will start Games

Updated: July 27, 2012, 2:44 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Britain is ready to greet the world with an extravagant celebration that includes Bond, the Bard and a Beatle -- and a formal welcome from no less a figure than its jubilee queen.

London's seven-year countdown to the 2012 Olympic Games will come to a crescendo Friday night with what promises to be a stunning, imaginative, whimsical and dramatic celebration of the host country.

One of Britain's most successful contemporary movie directors, Oscar winner Danny Boyle, will preside ...

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