Royal appointment for new James Bond movie Spectre


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have joined A-list stars at the world premiere of Spectre.

William, his wife Kate - dressed in a blue Jenny Packham gown - and Prince Harry spoke to director Sam Mendes and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson for a few minutes after they arrived. 

Bond star Daniel Craig said he can not wait for fans to see the movie as he took to the red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall.

Craig, who was the first star to arrive, told red carpet host Rick Edwards: "It's just fantastic to see everybody out tonight. I'm not overwhelmed, I'm very excited and I can't wait for people to see the movie."

He added that he "hated" watching himself on screen, but said "I love playing James Bond."

Wearing a black tuxedo, with a poppy pinned on its left side, Craig spent time signing autographs for fans.

The film's director Sam Mendes told Edwards: "I'm very proud and quite nervous, but I'm used to the theatre where things can go wrong. With a movie, everyone is going to give the same performance... so that aspect isn't too nerve-wracking.

"I want people to like it, I want people to like it as much as I do. I'm really proud of it, we sweated blood over it for two years. I'm really thrilled and a bit relieved."

The rest of the film's cast including Naomie Harris, Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes and the franchise newcomers Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista and Bond girls Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci were also on the red carpet. 

When asked about being a Bond girl, French actress Seydoux quipped to Edwards: "I can't really believe it, but I don't know if I'm a Bond girl, I'm just a blonde girl."

David Walliams and Good Morning Britain's Susanna Reid joined Edwards in interviewing the stars on the red carpet. 

The presenting duo slipped into one of the movie's cars to arrive in style at the premiere, arriving in the silver 1951 Rolls Royce from the movie.

"What a way to arrive," said Walliams, adding that Spectre is "bigger and better" than its predecessor, Skyfall. 

The 24th James Bond film, directed by Skyfall's Mendes, was graced with royal presence after it was selected for the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund's Royal Film Performance 2015.

Spectre, the 24th instalment in the 007 franchise, is the third Bond film chosen for the Royal Film Performance since its inception in 1946, following previous premieres for Die Another Day (2002) and Skyfall (2012).

Harris, who reprises her role as Eve Moneypenny, admitted the cast are unlikely to mingle with the royals at the film's afterparty.

She said: "I don't think so sadly. We're all off to Zurich the next day to do another premiere, so I think we'll all be tucked up into bed straight away."

For the first time, the new Bond film will open in cinemas throughout the UK on the same day as the premiere.