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British royals join cast of new Bond film for glitzy London premiere

Actor Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig arrives for the world premiere of the new James Bond film “No Time To Die” in London on Tuesday.
(Matt Dunham / Associated Press)

Britain’s royals joined Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux and the rest of the cast of “No Time to Die” on the red carpet for the film’s world premiere Tuesday, a glittering event that marked the new James Bond movie’s release after multiple delays from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The film, the 25th in the long-running 007 franchise and Craig’s last outing as the suave super-agent, was initially due to be released in April 2020.

Craig, who turned up for the red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall in a pink velvet dinner jacket, told reporters how relieved he was that the film was finally making its way to cinemas.

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“A year ago, this was just a dream. It didn’t look like we’d get here. But we have and I’m just happy that we’re here and we can celebrate with everybody,” he said.

Seydoux echoed the sense of relief, saying: “It’s been such a crazy time for all of us. And now to celebrate, you know, with this film, to reunite. And it’s great. I’m really happy.”

Craig, 53, has played 007 in five movies, beginning with “Casino Royale” in 2006.

Now that “No Time to Die” has officially had its world premiere, all your burning James Bond questions can be answered. (Without spoiling all the fun.)

Asked how he felt about saying goodbye to the role, he said: “I’m good. I’m really good about it.” As for who would be his successor, he quipped: “Not my problem.”

Prince Charles; his wife, Camilla; his elder son, Prince William; and William’s wife, Kate, made a rare joint appearance at the premiere. Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, stole the show with a sparkling gold cape dress by designer Jenny Packham.

Actor Rami Malek, who joins the franchise as villain Safin, later met the royals. He was joined by Lashana Lynch, who plays Nomi, the first Black female 00 agent, and Naomie Harris, who returns as Moneypenny.

Healthcare workers and members of Britain’s armed forces were among those invited to Tuesday’s premiere as thanks for their work during the pandemic.

The film will be released in British cinemas Thursday.


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