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Skyfall premiere best yet: Craig

James Bond star Daniel Craig has declared the red carpet launch of Skyfall his greatest 007 premiere yet as the film series celebrated its 50th anniversary.

The actor, playing the agent for a third time, was the first of the film's stars to arrive at the Royal Albert Hall for the royal premiere.

Daniel, wearing a Tom Ford suit, said he was "incredibly proud" to once more be playing the suave hero created by Ian Fleming, who first appeared on the big screen in Dr No in 1962.

Three months after he played a part in the Olympic opening ceremony alongside the Queen, Daniel was due to meet her son the Prince of Wales who was the royal guest at the screening. He said: "I've never been to a premiere like this, it's incredible."

He was joined by fellow stars Naomie Harris, Javier Bardem - who plays Bond's nemesis Silva - and Ben Whishaw, who stars as Q.

Javier said he was always drawn to Bond villains after seeing the metal-toothed baddie Jaws in Moonraker as a youngster.

Asked about the enduring appeal of the films, he said: "Well, 50 years is a long time. That means they have been doing something really right, starting with the actors who have played Bond. They have all brought their own flavour to it."

Also among the hundreds of guests filtering into the Albert Hall was Dame Judi Dench who returns once again as secret service boss M.

Daniel Craig revealed it had been important to get some of the humour seen in previous Bond films back for Skyfall.

The 44-year-old actor said: "I always wanted to get the old Bond trademarks into the movie, and we had the chance. It was just a joy to put some of the gags in and get some of the old characters back. I think they're very important."

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