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Royalty and Hollywood glitterati at world premiere for James Bond film Spectre

Published 26/10/2015

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund's Royal Film Performance 2015 of the 24th James Bond Adventure,
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund's Royal Film Performance 2015 of the 24th James Bond Adventure, "Spectre" at Royal Albert Hall on October 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Daniel Craig attends the Royal Film Performance of "Spectre"at Royal Albert Hall on October 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
Stephanie Sigman attending the World Premiere of Spectre, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 26, 2015. See PA Story: SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
David Walliams during the World Premiere of Spectre, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 26, 2015. See PA Story: SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry 9left) attending the World Premiere of Spectre, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 26, 2015. See PA Story: SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Ben Whishaw arrives for the World Premiere of Spectre, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 26, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge (right) and The Duchess of Cambridge meet charity representatives as they attends the World Premiere of Spectre, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 26, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bond Royal. Photo credit should read: Chris Jackson/PA Wire
Ronan Keating and Storm Uechtritz attending the World Premiere of Spectre, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 26, 2015. See PA Story: SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Mohamed Al-Fayed and family attending the World Premiere of Spectre, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 26, 2015. See PA Story: SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Ronan Keating and Storm Uechtritz attending the World Premiere of Spectre, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 26, 2015. See PA Story: SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Joan Collins attending the World Premiere of Spectre, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 26, 2015. See PA Story: SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Monica Bellucci attending the World Premiere of Spectre, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 26, 2015. See PA Story: SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Tanya Burr attending the World Premiere of Spectre, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 26, 2015. See PA Story: SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Dame Joan Collins attending the World Premiere of Spectre, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 26, 2015. See PA Story: SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Sam Smith attending the World Premiere of Spectre, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 26, 2015. See PA Story: SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Ralph Fiennes attending the World Premiere of Spectre, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 26, 2015. See PA Story: SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Gareth Bale and girlfriend Emma Rhys-Jones attending the World Premiere of Spectre, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 26, 2015. See PA Story: SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Lea Seydoux and Daniel Craig attending the World Premiere of Spectre, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 26, 2015. See PA Story: SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Laura Bailey attending the World Premiere of Spectre, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 26, 2015. See PA Story: SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Naomie Harris attending the World Premiere of Spectre, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 26, 2015. See PA Story: SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Ben Whishaw attending the World Premiere of Spectre, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 26, 2015. See PA Story: SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Naomie Harris attending the World Premiere of Spectre, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 26, 2015. See PA Story: SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
(L-R) Britain's Prince Harry, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Britain's William, Duke of Cambridge arrive for the world premiere of the new James Bond film 'Spectre' at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 26, 2015. The film is directed by Sam Mendes and sees Daniel Craig play suave MI6 spy 007 for a fourth time. AFP PHOTO / POOL / CHRIS JACKSONChris Jackson/AFP/Getty Images
British actor Daniel Craig (L) kisses his wife Rachel Weisz before the world premiere of the new James Bond film 'Spectre' at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 26, 2015. The film is directed by Sam Mendes and sees Daniel Craig play suave MI6 spy 007 for a fourth time. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ALAN DAVIDSONALAN DAVIDSON/AFP/Getty Images
British actress Joely Richardson (C) poses with her daughter Daisy Bevan (L) on arrival for the world premiere of the new James Bond film 'Spectre' at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 26, 2015. The film is directed by Sam Mendes and sees Daniel Craig play suave MI6 spy 007 for a fourth time. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
British singer Ronan Keating (L) and Storm Uechtritz pose on arrival for the world premiere of the new James Bond film 'Spectre' at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 26, 2015. The film is directed by Sam Mendes and sees Daniel Craig play suave MI6 spy 007 for a fourth time. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Italian actress Luciana Paluzzi poses on arrival for the world premiere of the new James Bond film 'Spectre' at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 26, 2015. The film is directed by Sam Mendes and sees Daniel Craig play suave MI6 spy 007 for a fourth time. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Swedish actress Kristina Wayborn poses on arrival for the world premiere of the new James Bond film 'Spectre' at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 26, 2015. The film is directed by Sam Mendes and sees Daniel Craig play suave MI6 spy 007 for a fourth time. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
British television presenter Chris Evans (L) poses on arrival for the world premiere of the new James Bond film 'Spectre' at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 26, 2015. The film is directed by Sam Mendes and sees Daniel Craig play suave MI6 spy 007 for a fourth time. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman poses on arrival for the world premiere of the new James Bond film 'Spectre' at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 26, 2015. The film is directed by Sam Mendes and sees Daniel Craig play suave MI6 spy 007 for a fourth time. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman poses on arrival for the world premiere of the new James Bond film 'Spectre' at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 26, 2015. The film is directed by Sam Mendes and sees Daniel Craig play suave MI6 spy 007 for a fourth time. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Austrian actor Christoph Waltz poses on arrival for the world premiere of the new James Bond film 'Spectre' at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 26, 2015. The film is directed by Sam Mendes and sees Daniel Craig play suave MI6 spy 007 for a fourth time. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
French actress Lea Seydoux (L) and Italian actress Monica Bellucci pose on arrival for the world premiere of the new James Bond film 'Spectre' at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 26, 2015. The film is directed by Sam Mendes and sees Daniel Craig play suave MI6 spy 007 for a fourth time. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Austrian actor Christoph Waltz poses on arrival for the world premiere of the new James Bond film 'Spectre' at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 26, 2015. The film is directed by Sam Mendes and sees Daniel Craig play suave MI6 spy 007 for a fourth time. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
British comedian David Walliams (L) and TV presenter Susanna Reid take part in the live broadcast for the world premiere of the new James Bond film 'Spectre' at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 26, 2015. The film is directed by Sam Mendes and sees Daniel Craig play suave MI6 spy 007 for a fourth time. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Daniel Craig and wife Rachel Weisz attend The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund's Royal Film Performance 2015 of the 24th James Bond Adventure, "Spectre" at Royal Albert Hall on October 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Davidson /WPA Pool / Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Daniel Craig and wife Rachel Weisz attend The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund's Royal Film Performance 2015 of the 24th James Bond Adventure, "Spectre" at Royal Albert Hall on October 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Davidson /WPA Pool / Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Daniel Craig and wife Rachel Weisz attend The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund's Royal Film Performance 2015 of the 24th James Bond Adventure, "Spectre" at Royal Albert Hall on October 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Davidson /WPA Pool / Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (C) meets charity representatives as he attends The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund's Royal Film Performance 2015 of the 24th James Bond Adventure, "Spectre" at Royal Albert Hall on October 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund's Royal Film Performance 2015 of the 24th James Bond Adventure, "Spectre" at Royal Albert Hall on October 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Davidson /WPA Pool / Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Will.i.am attends the Royal Film Performance of "Spectre"at Royal Albert Hall on October 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Lea Seydoux, Daniel Craig and Monica Bellucci attend the Royal Film Performance of "Spectre" at Royal Albert Hall on October 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Lea Seydoux, Daniel Craig and Monica Bellucci attend the Royal Film Performance of "Spectre"at Royal Albert Hall on October 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Naomie Harris attends the Royal Film Performance of "Spectre"at Royal Albert Hall on October 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: David Walliams and Susanna Reid attend the Royal Film Performance of "Spectre"at Royal Albert Hall on October 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have joined the stars of the new James Bond film at the world premiere of Spectre in London.

Daniel Craig and his co-stars including Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes and Christoph Waltz walked down the red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington, before the arrivals of William, his wife Kate - who added a touch of glamour in a blue Jenny Packham gown - and Prince Harry.

The royal trio spoke to director Sam Mendes and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson for a few minutes after they arrived.

Spectre was graced with royal presence after it was selected for the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund's Royal Film Performance 2015.

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).

Craig, who has reprised the role of 007 for the fourth time, said he could not wait for fans to see the movie.

The 47-year-old actor, 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.

He later said he is "proud" of the new film, telling the Press Association: "I'm very proud of it and I hope people will enjoy it."

The latest film sees the MI6 agent confronting enemies from his past through a shadowy organisation known as Spectre.

"We just try to make it as real as possible and it will give an insight into his character."

Craig also thanked fans who had waited hours for the cast, saying: "Thank you for everyone who has made it out tonight. I'm incredibly proud of all the people who made this movie and I can't wait to see what you make of it."

He also joked about his knee injury, which happened during a fight scene with former professional wrestler Dave Bautista, who plays henchman Mr Hinx.

Filming had to be delayed while Craig recovered from the operation but the actor said: "I'm still standing."

David Walliams and Good Morning Britain's Susanna Reid joined Edwards in interviewing the stars on the red carpet, with special guests including Sam Smith - who sang the Spectre theme song, Dame Joan Collins, Will.i.am and new Top Gear host Chris Evans.

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.

Mendes, back in the director's chair after Skyfall, 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 filmmaker, who previously hinted this would mark his last Bond outing, remained tight-lipped over whether he could be back for a third time.

"Who knows? I don't know," he said.

But he said of his Spectre return: "It feels very familiar and it's exciting to be working with friends and people I've known now for five years.

"That was a lovely feeling that they would trust me. That's a large part of why the movie is what it is because people were willing to go the extra mile."

Fiennes and Harris, who are back as M and Eve Moneypenny, revealed it was a joy to return to their roles.

"I was a Bond fan when I was a teenager. I've always loved the films and the Bond books so I feel a childish delight to be in them," said Fiennes, who could not resist dancing on the red carpet.

Harris - who wore an orange gown by Stella McCartney - added: "It feels like a real privilege because as an actor you go around the world and film one film after another with a different bunch of people. The best time is when I get to reunite with the same band, the same group of people. I love that."

The 39-year-old actress hopes to reprise her part again, saying: "I hope so. Fingers crossed."

The franchise's newcomers such as Waltz, Bautista, Andrew Scott and Bond girls Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci were also on the red carpet.

Two-time Oscar winner Waltz, who portrays Bond's nemesis Franz Oberhauser, said: "I don't set out to make a mark on a legacy. I just play a part and I was thrilled that they entrusted with it but the rest is work."

Sherlock star Scott, who plays new MI6 boss Max Denbigh, described the experience as "one of the best jobs."

He said: "It was really exciting to be a part of this. I didn't know which way it was going to be but it was incredibly easy to make - lovely people and it's one of the best jobs I've ever done. I'm glad this is a tiny intimate celebration tonight."

Bellucci, who wore a plunging green velvet dress by Ralph and Russo, plays Lucia Sciarra who is left widowed by 007.

"I loved being a part of these amazing films and to be a James Bond lady is something iconic in cinema," she said.

Seydoux, who was cast as Dr Madeleine Swann, added: "It's very moving because for an actress to be in such an iconic role is amazing."

The French star, who has also appeared in Blue Is The Warmest Colour and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, said she was especially excited about meeting the Duchess of Cambridge.

"I love Kate," she said.

When asked about being a Bond girl, 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."

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

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