Bond is back. Film stars mingle with royals at ‘Spectre’ premiere

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Bond is back with licence to thrill in ‘Spectre’.

LONDON: James Bond has a licence to thrill once more in new film “Spectre”, which premiered Monday at a glitzy event attended by Prince William, his wife Kate and brother Prince Harry. LONDON –Film stars mingled with royals at the world premiere of “Spectre” on Monday, marking British secret agent James Bond’s glitzy return to the silver screen. Broadly praised by critics, the film is directed by Sam Mendes and sees Daniel Craig play the suave, Martini-quaffing MI6 spy 007 in what is Bond’s 24th outing since the first, Dr. Hundreds of cheering fans greeted Bond actor Daniel Craig upon arrival at London’s Royal Albert Hall, where residents from nearby buildings watched the premiere from their windows. Returning for the fourth time as 007, Craig said his own excitement at being allowed to continue in the series stemmed from his involvement beyond acting. “I’ve just been allowed to be creatively involved with these films from the very beginning and I’ve continued to do it with this,” he said. “Thankfully we’ve just got the most amazing team around us and we figure it out.” Craig has been quoted as saying he wanted out of the franchise and told an interviewer in July he would rather slit his wrists than play 007 again.

Asked about what it felt like to be a ‘Bond girl’, a term that is sometimes seen as patronising towards the actresses who play the roles, Seydoux smiled: “I don’t know if I’m a Bond girl, I’m just a blonde girl.” Along the way he faces his chilling nemesis, who wears a collarless Nehru jacket like in classic Bonds past but has a data-driven domination mission with a contemporary ring to it. The film’s title is the acronym for the Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion – a shadowy organisation bent on world domination which last made an appearance in 1971’s “Diamonds Are Forever”.

Trailers have shown action-packed scenes typical of Bond movies as 007 uncovers the shady Spectre organization, and its dark link to villain Franz Oberhauser, played by Oscar winner Christoph Waltz. No and Ernst Stavro Blofeld, but the group disappeared from the films for decades due to a legal dispute that was only resolved two years ago. “One of the most exciting parts of this movie is that we’ve got the chance to use that organisation and all that that brings with it,” Craig told film website ScreenSlam. However, the Financial Times gave it only two stars and said the film was attempting to tinker with the winning formula of 2012’s blockbuster Skyfall while ‘clearly being thrown into panic at the thought’. There have been doubts over Craig’s future as the sixth actor to play Bond, however, after he voiced unhappiness at the prospect of doing another film – despite being contracted to do so. Spectre was filmed in Austria, Britain, Italy, Mexico and Morocco and includes the usual Bond ingredients – high-speed chase scenes, sultry female leads, exciting gadgets and witty one-liners.

The film opens with 1,500 extras dressed in carnival outfits recreating Mexico’s “Day of the Dead” festival, the biggest opening scene ever for a Bond film, long-time franchise producer Michael Wilson told Empire magazine. British actor Ralph Fiennes plays Bond handler and MI6 chief M, while fellow Briton Naomie Harris reprises her Skyfall role as M’s secretary Eve Moneypenny.

Italian actress and model Monica Bellucci plays Lucia Sciarra, “the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal”, according to the official synopsis. At 51, Bellucci is reportedly the oldest ever “Bond Girl” – a term used to describe the attractive women featured as love interests or sidekicks in Bond films. “We have the same sense of humour. There was a real complicity,” Seydoux told British newspaper the Mail on Sunday, referring to Craig. “It was always that ‘wink, wink’ feeling between us.

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