More than 80,000 people filled the stands at Olympic Stadium to watch the ceremony in London and NBC estimates more than one billion people watched it on television.
The show began with a history lesson of sorts, showing the progression of British history. Through short videos, dances and excerpts from famous books, the opening ceremony had a little of everything. Queen Elizabeth made her debut with actor Daniel Craig, who played James Bond. The two were in a short video together, which made it look like the Queen and the legendary actor arrived by jumping from a helicopter. Soccer star David Beckham brought in the Olympic torch via a motorboat, and of course, the ceremony included the parade of athletes.
The opening ceremony went on for three hours. What did you think of the ceremony? There was a lot of talk about the last opening ceremony in Beijing, was this better or worse? What did you like? Dislike? Let us know what you thought in the comment section below.