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World premiere of the new Bond film: applause for Craig's finale

At the world premiere of the new James Bond film, lead actor Daniel Craig is celebrated farewell in London. The Royals cannot miss Craig’s last stake either.

London – Actor Daniel Craig (53) was celebrated with great applause at the world premiere of his last James Bond film “No Time to Die”.

In addition to the stars and makers of the film, two generations of the British royal family were among the guests at the glamorous gala in London’s Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday evening.

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The Royal Marines Band plays on the red carpet ahead of the world premiere of the new Bond film at the Royal Albert Hall.

Heir to the throne Prince Charles and his wife Duchess Camilla watched the agent thriller, which was supposed to premiere in April 2020, together with Prince William and his wife Kate. The Duchess attracted attention in a sparkling gold dress.

Craig says goodbye to 007 after 15 years

During the longest film in the 007 series at 163 minutes, applause from the scene broke out in the hall several times. Leading actor Craig, who came to the gala in a wine-red jacket, thanked the producer duo Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson for sticking to showing “No Time to Die” in the cinema despite several corona-related postponements. “This film belongs on the big screen,” said Craig, who has left the role after more than 15 years. According to Broccoli and Wilson, the search for a successor will not begin until next year.

Prince William jokes with Billie Eilish

Before the screening, Prince William joked with US pop singer Billie Eilish, who sings the theme song “No Time To Die” and who came with her brother and musical partner Finneas. Charles and Camilla chatted extensively with the cast, including Oscar winner Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”), who plays the villain Safin in the 25th James Bond film, and Lashana Lynch, who is Bond as the new double zero -Agent competes.

The Royals and Bond have a longstanding relationship. Queen Elizabeth II was the first guest in 1967 at the world premiere of “You Only Live Twice”. Since then, members of the royal family have visited the premiere celebrations again and again.

In addition to the German Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer, who is responsible for the film music, pop star Nile Rodgers and actor Jason Momoa also walked the red carpet in the drizzle. Judi Dench, who played Bond’s superior M until “Skyfall” (2012), and Britt Ekland, who had appeared in 1974 in “The Man with the Golden Gun”, came from earlier 007 adventures.

British health workers were invited

As a thank you for their commitment during the corona pandemic, UK health workers were also invited. “We’re celebrating the fictional hero James Bond tonight, but we’re also celebrating the real heroes,” said producer Wilson.

The public had no access to the Royal Albert Hall that year. At earlier premieres, onlookers and fans had usually secured the best seats at the barriers by lunchtime to watch the stars on the red carpet and to get autographs and selfies.

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An Aston Martin is parked on the red carpet ahead of the world premiere of “No Time To Die” at the Royal Albert Hall.

In Germany, “No Time to Die” will hit cinemas on Thursday (September 30th). dpa

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