James Bond movie preview: Kate Middleton and other stars walk the red carpet
It may have been a long time coming, but the world premiere of the new James Bond film on Tuesday did not disappoint.
Screen and stage stars showed up alongside British royalty for the brilliant ‘No Time to Die’ red carpet event at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Britain’s Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, left, chats with British actor Daniel Craig as he arrives for the world premiere of the new James Bond film ‘No Time To Die’ in London on Tuesday September 28 2021. (Chris Jackson / Pool photo via AP) Credit: Chris Jackson / Pool Photo via AP
Ana de Armas wore a bespoke Louis Vuitton velvet dress with a plunging neckline and a thigh slit. Credit: Samir Hussein / WireImage / Getty Images
The long-delayed film, which is Daniel Craig’s fifth and final performance as an iconic British agent, was originally due for release in April 2020, but has been repeatedly delayed due to the global pandemic.
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, who was present alongside her husband, Prince William, and her in-laws, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, dazzled onlookers in a long golden Jenny Packham gown.
Naomie Harris, who plays Eve Moneypenny, arrived in a white sequined Michael Kors Collection dress. Credit: Karwai Tang / WireImage / Getty Images
Former Bond girl Michelle Yeoh donned a hazy-hued Elie Saab dress. Credit: Karwai Tang / WireImage / Getty Images
Kate was pictured chatting with Craig, who looked dapper than ever in an Anderson and Shepherd double-breasted cherry-velvet tuxedo jacket over a white shirt and black bow tie.
Siblings Finneas O’Connell and Billie Eilish, who co-wrote the film’s theme song, attended the premiere. Credit: P. Lehman / Barcroft Media / Getty Images
Writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge, famous for “Fleabag”, paired a black jumpsuit by Olivier Theyskens with a cream Azzaro overcoat. Credit: Karwai Tang / WireImage / Getty Images
The 53-year-old actor, who first took on the role of Bond in the 2006 blockbuster “Casino Royale”, told the PA news agency that his plans to withdraw from the franchise had not changed. , but that he was delighted to be present at the event. .
“It’s been a bittersweet few years so you have to keep things in perspective. The decision to leave is still there, I’m just happy that we have the chance to celebrate tonight and have a first. for a while, ”Craig said.
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, whose previous credits include “Jane Eyre” and “True Detective”, and written in part by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “No Time to Die” is the 25th film in the James Bond series.
Craig’s co-stars Naomie Harris, Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas and Léa Seydoux were also dazzling.
Tennis ace Emma Raducanu walked the red carpet in a Hellenic Silver Dior dress. Credit: Samir Hussein / WireImage / Getty Images
Rami Malek, who immortalized Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”, plays a villain in the new Bond film. Credit: P. Lehman / Barcroft Media / Getty Images
Rami Malek, who played villainous Safin, and actor M Dame Judi Dench, also graced the soggy red carpet.
Many are hopeful that the long-awaited film will trigger a welcome return to theaters after its UK release on Thursday.
Despite much speculation about who will take over from Craig, the producers of the James Bond franchise confirmed on Tuesday that they will not begin their search for the new lead actor until 2022.