Date: 24th October 2012

Craig Hails Latest James Bond Movie

Royalty and stars have appeared on the red carpet for the most hotly anticipated film of the year - the latest James Bond outing Skyfall.

Daniel Craig reprises the role of 007 for the third time in the 23rd movie in the official series, which comes 50 years after the first Bond film, Dr. No starring Sir Sean Connery.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall joined stars including Dame Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marloh and Ben Whishaw for the world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The royal couple arrived on the red carpet to Bond's famous theme music and were greeted by Skyfall's producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli before they were introduced to the cast.

The Prince hailed Bond as "the most famous secret service agent of all time". At his request, proceeds from the screening will benefit charities that support members of the intelligence services.

Skyfall is the first Bond film to be directed by Oscar-winner Sam Mendes, who promised fans the latest effort would be an "epic".

Craig said: "You just try and make the best movie you can... And we've had some good response. Now it's up to the audience to make their decisions about it."

Asked about the latest gadgets in the film, Craig explained: "Well, we've just got the best team in the world... A wonderful creative team."

On director Mendes he enthused: "I just thought he was the man for the job, plain and simple. He allowed me to relax, allowed me to get on with my job. It was just a pleasure to have him. He's done an amazing job."

And asked if he was enjoying being Bond, he said: "You can't not enjoy this."

Source: Press Release