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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

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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