From the rooftops to the pavements, police stalked the circumference of London’s Royal Albert Hall Monday night, on high alert. Their presence foremost for HRH Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry‘s presence, but inadvertently they acted as scene-setters for fictional spy royalty’s return.
As agent 007 arrived with his DB10 Aston Martin, he was ready to show off his latest audacious exploits. The world bow of “Spectre” took formation with its now seasoned Bond, Daniel Craig, suavely meeting and greeting along the vast red carpet. Craig remained tight-lipped as to whether he will return with helmer Sam Mendes for a further outing together. When asked, he simply replied with a cool, non-committal, “We’ll see.”
Never longing for female company, Craig’s latest trio of Bond Girls Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci were glamorously by his side. Bellucci gave her take on Bond Girls: “With Bond Girls there’s always this strong element, in various ways. If I think about Rosamund Pike, Halle Berry or Ursula Andress in the past, for me, I remember those strong female roles.”
Christoph Waltz, Andrew Scott and Dave Bautista built a villainous alliance on the carpet, along with Ben Whishaw — the cerebral good-guy, and the brain to Bond’s brawn.
Helmer Mendes, having set the bar high following his immense “Skyfall” success, explained his “Spectre” tactics. “With ‘Spectre’ I wanted to do something completely different — to try and make a different movie,” concluding, “We wanted more mischief, more fun and more wit.”
Post-screening the guests shipped over to the British Museum to celebrate Britannia style. “Spectre” bows in the U.K. Oct. 26 and in the U.S. on Nov. 6.
|‘Spectre’ World Premiere Photos|