No Time To Die: Royals sparkle at James Bond premiere as Daniel Craig 'greatly relieved' new 007 film is finally being shown

28 September 2021, 16:46 | Updated: 29 September 2021, 10:35

Senior royals joined actor Daniel Craig and tennis star Emma Raducanu on the red carpet for James Bond's long-awaited latest outing.

Craig told Sky News he is "greatly relieved" that the new 007 film, No Time To Die, is finally going to be shown in cinemas.

At the world premiere in London, the Bond star said: "We've had COVID so everything has to be put into perspective doesn't it?

"I am greatly relieved: we make Bond movies for the cinema and we're here and I couldn't be happier about that."

The 53-year-old arrived at the premiere in a dark pink suede dinner jacket over a white shirt and black bow tie.

Several healthcare workers and members of the armed forces were joined by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the premiere.

Charles, Camilla, William and Kate were on the red carpet, along with Craig and other members of the cast, including Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux and Lashana Lynch, at the Royal Albert Hall.

Raducanu, who won the US Open earlier this month, left the practice courts behind to attend the star-studded screening.

Also at the event were screenwriters Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, and singer Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O'Connell, who co-wrote the new Bond theme song, as well as producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and director Cary Joji Fukunaga.

No Time To Die is the 25th Bond film and it will be the final movie featuring Craig as 007.

It has been delayed for more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic but will be released in UK cinemas on Thursday.

The world premiere will benefit charities supporting serving and former members of the UK's three intelligence agencies - the Secret Intelligence Service, the Security Service and GCHQ - as well as charities supporting past and present members of the UK special forces.

No Time To Die sees Bond enjoying a quiet life in Jamaica having left active service when his old friend from the CIA Felix Leiter, played by Jeffrey Wright, turns up and asks for his help.

A mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist becomes far more treacherous than expected and leads to a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

Several Bond premieres have taken place at the Royal Albert Hall.

For 2015's Spectre, William and Kate and the Duke of Sussex attended the event.