Kate Middleton glitters on the red carpet as royals attend No Time To Die world premiere

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Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Prince William and Kate Middleton.
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  • Prince Charles and Camilla and Prince William and Kate attended the world premiere of No Time To Die in London on Tuesday.
  • The film is Daniel Craig's fifth and final outing in the 007 franchise.
  • The royals shook hands with the actor, while Craig told Kate Middleton, who dazzled in a gold gown: "You look jolly lovely!"

Actor Daniel Craig walked the red carpet for the final time as James Bond in rain-swept London on Tuesday, at the star-studded but much-delayed world premiere of the latest superspy blockbuster, No Time To Die, alongside Hollywood's elite and royals. 

Prince Charles and Camilla and Prince William and Kate attended the premiere at London's historic Royal Albert Hall.

Charles talked with the stars, shaking hands with Craig

While filming for No Time To Die was still in progress in 2019, Charles paid a visit to the cast and crew on set - and met with BFI apprentices, who worked on the latest addition to the longest running film franchise of all time.

The film is part of a backlog of major productions held back by distributors during the pandemic, hitting cinemas hard, and forcing some new films to be streamed. The release will be in cinemas only, however, with struggling theatres hoping Bond will lure back crowds.

The Duchess of Cornwall wore a pastel blue and silver sequin dress by Bruce Oldfield, while Kate Middleton glittered on the red carpet in a gold Jenny Packham gown complete with a cape.

Per People, the Duchess of Cambridge looked so stunning, 007 himself paid her compliment. "You look jolly lovely!" he said, when the two met.

"I'm greatly relieved, we make Bond movies for the cinema," Craig, dressed in a dark pink tuxedo jacket, told Sky News on the red carpet.

Reflecting on 15 years of playing 007, Craig said: "I genuinely don't have any bad memories, but I think it's going to take about another 15 years to unpick all this."

Vue Entertainment, the UK branch of the cinema operator Vue International, hailed the movie's release as "the cinematic event of the year".

Kate Middleton, Daniel Craig
Kate Middleton and Daniel Craig.

In the film, reportedly costing $250 million (R3.8 billion), Bond returns to active service after retirement, vowing: "I have to finish this."

He deploys his trademark hi-tech gadgets in spectacular scenery in Italy and Norway while battling the villainous Safin, played by Oscar-winner Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody).

"I get shot and then I get blown up. It feels like James Bond to me," Craig said in an official podcast.

With Craig bowing out, calling the role "a massive part" of his life, speculation has mounted over who will inherit his fabled licence to kill.

UK bookmakers are tipping the likes of Tom Hardy (The Revenant, Dunkirk) or Rege-Jean Page, the star of the Netflix hit Bridgerton.

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