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Bond Spectre premiere: Duchess Kate has licence to thrill as dress turns heads at the star-studded 007 night

By Shereen Low

Published 27/10/2015

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 most in-demand Royal couple, the most sought-after venue - the first showing of Spectre was a night like no other.

The Duchess of Cambridge - looking typically glamorous in an elegant blue Jenny Packham gown - the Duke and Prince Harry 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 hotly-anticipated arrival of the young Royals.

The sparkling 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 happy with the new film, adding: "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.

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 roll into the premiere in style, arriving in a silver 1951 Rolls Royce.

"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.

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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