It was a right royal do at the Royal Albert Hall Monday as Daniel Craig and his wife, Rachel Weisz, attended the UK premiere of the latest Bond movie, Spectre.
While Daniel Craig lined up on the red carpet with his fictional Bond girls, Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci, it seems his real leading lady in life could barely keep her hands off him. In photos of the event, Weisz is seen to be hugging and kissing her super-spy 007 husband while awaiting the arrival of Prince William and Kate Middleton and Prince Harry.
Rachel Weisz is, of course, a star in her own right and has starred in several movies and television series, including the popular comedy-drama About a Boy (2002) and more recently the 2015 films Youth and The Lobster.
According to Mirror Online, some passionate James Bond fans had been queuing on the red carpet since Saturday, eager to catch a glimpse of Spectre‘s leading star, Daniel Craig. No doubt they were also impatient for a close look at the two latest Bond ladies, Seydoux and Bellucci.
Craig looked extremely handsome in a black Tom Ford tuxedo as his leading ladies joined him on the red carpet, ready to watch the premiere of the 24th James Bond movie, while his lovely wife, Rachel, looked stunning in a close-fitting floral gown.
As they waited in line to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Rachel held on tight to Craig’s hand, looking excited to be at the event.
Kate Middleton was all smiles in a blue Jenny Packham gown with Prince William as she met up with the Bond star and his wife.
Harry reportedly chatted to the director of Spectre, Sam Mendes, along with producers Barbara Broccolli and Michael G. Wilson for a while after their arrival.
Daniel Craig was the first to hit the red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall and said he could not wait for Bond fans to see the movie. Craig told 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.”
Craig did say that he hates watching himself on screen, but that he loves playing the role of James Bond. He told the BBC: “It’s changed my life and I’ve loved every second of it.”
When Edwards spoke to Spectre director Mendes about the latest James Bond movie, he said that he was “very proud and quite nervous,” but that he is used to the theater where “things can go wrong.” Mendes said that, with a movie, it’s not so nerve-wracking, as “everyone is going to give the same performance.”
“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.”
Other stars spotted on the red carpet included Christoph Waltz, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Whishaw, along with the newer members of the Bond cast, Andrew Scott and Dave Bautista, and of course the two gorgeous Bond girls, Seydoux and Bellucci.
When Edwards spoke to Seydoux, the French actress joked that she really couldn’t believe it, “but I don’t know if I’m a Bond girl, I’m just a blonde girl.”
The reason for all the royal pageantry was that Spectre was selected for the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund’s Royal Film Performance 2015.
However, Naomie Harris, who reprized her role as Eve Moneypenny in the latest Bond movie, said that the cast were unlikely to mingle with the royal attendees at the film’s after party, saying they were all off to Zurich the next day for yet another Spectre premiere. She added that she thought they would all be tucked up in bed right after the event.
Bond fans are privileged that this will be the first time a new Bond film will open on cinemas throughout the UK on the same day as the royal premiere. US fans will have to be a little patient for the worldwide release on November 6.
Early reviews for the latest Bond film have been mostly positive, with critics praising the movie’s opening scene along with its action sequences and stunt work. Spectre generally received favorable comparisons with the previous Bond movie, Skyfall.
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