Oct 24 2012 By Cheryl Mullin
JAMES Bond’s return to the big screen was given the royal seal of approval as 007’s latest film outing received its world premiere.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attended the red carpet launch of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall in London last night, which was hailed by 007 star Daniel Craig as his greatest Bond premiere yet.
The actor, playing the agent for a third time, said he was “incredibly proud” to once more be playing the suave hero created by Ian Fleming, who first appeared on the big screen in Dr No in 1962.
“I’ve never been to a premiere like this, it’s incredible,” he said as he arrived at the venue, where guests filed past a huge gold 007 logo and a classic Aston Martin.
Craig revealed it had been important to get some of the humour seen in previous Bond films back for Skyfall as the franchise marked its 50th anniversary.
The 44-year-old actor said: “I always wanted to get the old Bond trademarks into the movie, and we had the chance.
“It was just a joy to put some of the gags in and get some of the old characters back. I think they’re very important.”
He added: “I think Sam Mendes has made a very beautiful movie, first and foremost, but it really is a great Bond movie.”
Craig was joined at the royal premiere by fellow stars Naomie Harris, Javier Bardem – who plays Bond’s nemesis Silva – and Ben Whishaw, who stars as Q.
Also among the hundreds of guests filtering into the Albert Hall was Dame Judi Dench who returns once again as secret service boss M.