(CBS News) Filmmaker Danny Boyle directed London's opening ceremony spectacular titled "Isles of Wonder" on Friday.
Boyle has worked on films including, "Slumdog Millionaire, "127 Hours," "28 Days Later" and "Trainspotting."
Th Oscar-winning Boyle, whose show included a bit where the queen has a meeting with James Bond said, "The queen made herself more accessible than ever before."
He had a ball with his favored medium, mixing filmed passages with live action in the stadium to hypotic effect, with 15,000 volunteers taking part in the show.
Boyle acknowledged that following Beijing's incredible, money-no-object opening ceremony of 2008 - the costliest in Olympic history - would be daunting.
"Beijing is something that, in a way, was great to follow," Boyle said. "You can't get bigger than Beijing, you know? So that, in a way, kind of liberated us. We thought, 'Great, OK, good, we'll try and do something different.'"