Daniel Craig: No Time To Die premiere is a chance to celebrate

© PA Wire No Time To Die Royal World Premiere – London

Daniel Craig has described the No Time To Die premiere as an occasion to celebrate as he bids farewell to his career-defining role as James Bond.

The 53-year-old has played secret agent 007 in five movies beginning with 2006’s Casino Royale, but is finally stepping back from the part.

He walked a rainswept red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall premiere in London wearing a dark pink suede dinner jacket over a white shirt and black bow tie.

© Provided by Evening Standard Lashana Lynch, Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux (Jonathan Brady/PA) (PA Wire)

Craig told the PA news agency: “It’s been a bittersweet couple of years, so one has to keep things in perspective. The decision to leave is still there, I’m just glad that we’ve got a chance to celebrate tonight and have a premiere. That seemed like such a far away thing for a while.”

The star said he does not take the secret agent home with him – because partner Rachel Weisz would not allow it.

He said: “I don’t go home with the character, I’m not James Bond at home. I’m not allowed to be. No-one would put up with it.”

On his advice for his successor, Craig said: “Just make it your own, be brilliant. Take it somewhere wonderful.”

Craig also told of his delight at the film finally making it to cinemas following multiple pandemic-enforced delays, saying: “Bond movies are to be seen in the cinema and this one especially. It’s spectacular.”

© Provided by Evening Standard The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are greeted by Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson (Broccoli/PA) (PA Wire)

Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson also braved the rain and confirmed the hunt for the next 007 had not yet begun.

Actors tipped to replace Craig include Venom star Tom Hardy and Bridgerton’s Rege-Jean Page.

But Broccoli said the premiere was a night to celebrate Craig’s time as the secret agent.

She told PA: “No hunting. Daniel Craig – I want him to be Bond for as long as possible.

“It’s very difficult, he’s been tremendous. I think tonight is about celebrating his achievements, giving him his time. And also celebrating all the real-life heroes we’re acknowledging here tonight, the people that have got us through the pandemic.”

Wilson said the filmmakers had been desperately waiting to unveil No Time To Die for fans. He said: “We’re ready to show the film to the public. We’ve been waiting more than 18 months and here it is.”

Director Cary Joji Fukunaga told PA he felt a combination of joy and relief over the film’s release.

© Provided by Evening Standard Director Cary Joji Fukunaga (Ian West/PA) (PA Wire)

“With any kind of great momentous occasion there are many emotions taking place,” he said.

“All of us are very excited to finally be sharing the film with audiences. But obviously there is a lot of sadness about it being Daniel’s last film.

“I think also about all the hard work that went into it, we can breathe a sigh of relief.”

French actress Lea Seydoux who is reprising the role of Madeleine Swann, said she had mixed emotions over Craig’s departure.

“I’m really, really happy the film is finally coming out, even if it’s raining,” she quipped.

“And tonight will be very emotional because it is Daniel’s last film. I’m a bit sad and happy at the same time.”

Seydoux also starred alongside Craig in 2015’s Spectre and described her time with the Bond franchise as an “amazing journey”.

© Provided by Evening Standard Emma Raducanu also attended the premiere (Ian West/PA) (PA Wire)

“I’m really, really happy and I feel very lucky,” she said, adding “it’s time now to celebrate”.

The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a rare joint appearance at the premiere.

They were welcomed by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir Kenneth Olisa, and introduced to producers Wilson and Broccoli.

Rapper Stormzy, tennis star Emma Raducanu and Dame Judi Dench, who played M in the franchise, were also in attendance.

No Time To Die sees Bond enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica when his old friend and CIA agent Felix Leiter, played by Jeffrey Wright, turns up asking for help.

A number of Bond premieres have taken place at the Royal Albert Hall, including Spectre, where the Cambridges and the Duke of Sussex were in attendance.

The new film was initially due to be released in April 2020 but has suffered multiple delays because of the pandemic.

A number of healthcare workers and members of the armed forces joined the royals in the auditorium to watch the movie as a thank you for their work during the Covid pandemic.

The film will be released in UK cinemas on September 30.

Register now for one of the Evening Standard’s newsletters. From a daily news briefing to Homes & Property insights, plus lifestyle, going out, offers and more. For the best stories in your inbox, click here.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related


Dwayne Johnson Says He Was 'Born to Play' Black Adam in First Look at Upcoming DC Superhero Film

© Provided by People The Rock/Twitter Dwayne Johnson has found the role he was “born to play” in his upcoming superhero film Black Adam. The actor, 49, who plays the ... Read more »

Candoco Dance Company review – it all just works, beautifully

© Provided by The Guardian Photograph: Tristram Kenton/The Guardian As a company of variously abled and disabled dancers, Candoco generally presents choreography that has been created for its own performers. ... Read more »

Senior doctors call for end to mass Covid testing in schools

© PA Archive Coronavirus – Mon Mar 8, 2021 Mass Covid testing in schools is causing “unnecessary chaos” and should be stopped, an expert has said. The Royal College of ... Read more »

James Stewart shares family beach day

© Provided by Are Media Pty Ltd The often private Home and Away star James Stewart has celebrated his first weekend out of lockdown with his wife Sarah Roberts, and ... Read more »

Inside the lavish Bachelorette mansion

© Provided by Are Media Pty Ltd The Bachelorette Australia is filmed in a mansion located in picturesque Dural, NSW, about 36 kilometres north-west of the Sydney CBD. It is ... Read more »

Sunrise 'baffled' by Sam Armytage's new gig on Farmer Wants A Wife

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo Samantha Armytage’s surprise return to Channel Seven has ruffled quite a few feathers among her former colleagues at Seven, reports claim.  The 45-year-old ... Read more »

BREAKING NEWS: MAFS stars Melissa Rawson and Bryce Ruthven welcome their twin boys 10 weeks early

© Provided by Are Media Pty Ltd Married at First Sight’s Melissa Rawson and Bryce Ruthven have welcomed twin boys into the world 10 weeks early. The couple announced the ... Read more »

Matches To Make After UFC Vegas 40

UFC Vegas 40 went down last night (Sat., Oct. 16, 2021) live from inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the headlining act, Norma Dumont defeated Aspen Ladd via ... Read more »

Sarah Snook reveals she secretly married Aussie comedian Dave Lawson

Australian actress Sarah Snook revealed she secretly tied the knot with comedian Dave Lawson earlier this year. In an interview with Vogue Australia, the Succession star, 33, said the pair ... Read more »

Tony Currie admits: I've been a fool to not have therapy

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo Tony Currie’s life is one of colour, the tales varying. The fractured childhood with an absent father and 12 in a house off ... Read more »

Surprise! Olivia Newton-John to Appear on Dancing With the Stars' Grease Night

Grease is the word this week on Dancing With the Stars, which will feature a fan-favorite guest of honor! Actress and singer Olivia Newton-John, who played the female lead, Sandy ... Read more »

Jimmie Allen and his wife Alexis welcome a baby girl

© Bang Showbiz Jimmie Allen Jimmie Allen’s wife has given birth to a baby girl. The 36-year-old singer and Alexis welcomed their daughter, Zara James Allen, into the world on ... Read more »

The Week In Games: Time To Buy Resident Evil 4 (Again)

© Image: Capcom Leon from Resident Evil 4 holding his pistol while standing in front of a crowd of zombies. One day, I’ll no longer walk this planet. I’ll be ... Read more »

Zendaya looks ethereal in white for a screening of Dune in London

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo She’s the golden girl of Hollywood. And Zendaya took her talents across the pond on Sunday as she attended a special screening of ... Read more »

Jimmie Allen Shares First Family Photo With Newborn Daughter Zara James

© Taylor Hill/Getty Images Jimmie Allen is sharing the first photo of his baby girl, Zara James. The 36-year-old country singer took to Instagram Sunday to share a family photo ... Read more »

Brian Austin Green and Sharna Burgess celebrate their one-year anniversary

© Bang Showbiz Brian Austin Green and Sharna Burgess (c) Instagram Brian Austin Green feels “lucky” to have Sharna Burgess in his life. The 48-year-old actor has marked the couple’s ... Read more »

Prince William hopes to 'find the solutions' to climate change

© Bang Showbiz The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William is determined to “find the solutions to repair our planet”. The 39-year-old royal urged young people to “keep demanding ... Read more »

'The beauty industry is failing women with dark skin. And it needs to change.'

© Getty Images ‘The beauty industry is failing women with dark skin. And it needs to change.’ I’ve been into beauty since the first time I saw my mum look ... Read more »

Benjamin Millepied's L.A. Dance Project Hosts Glamorous Gala, With Natalie Portman, Jane Fonda, Barry Jenkins, Jodie Foster and More

Click here to read the full article. “It’s sort of shocking to be back and to have an event that is so well attended and that we’re moving forward again,” ... Read more »

Patriotic Festival could be moving from Virginia Beach to downtown Norfolk

A festival featuring nationally touring musicians and displays honoring the military is coming to downtown Norfolk. The event — to be called Military Festival — is expected to take place ... Read more »

Ronnie Tutt, legendary drummer for Elvis and other stars, dies at 83

Ronnie Tutt, a legendary drummer who spent years playing alongside Elvis Presley and teamed up with other superstars ranging from Johnny Cash to Stevie Nicks, has died. He was 83. ... Read more »

🌱 Inmate Rescue + People & Pet Vaccines + Sierra Snow?

© Provided by Patch Welcome to the Sacramento Daily Patch Newsletter! This is where you will find all of the best news and events happening in Sacramento for Monday October ... Read more »

Emotional Humberto Tan gives Baudet a blow after AIDS verdict Stars

In the run-up to the municipal elections of 2022, the leader of the FvD visited Heerhugowaard, where he stated, among other things, that “the chance that a white straight person ... Read more »

Fauci says people 'react against me' when 'truth becomes inconvenient'

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo Dr. Anthony Fauci has argued that he has been an easy target for conspiracy theorists because he makes recommendations based on ‘science, data and ... Read more »

Couple with KN19 TER number plate hit with £90 fine thanks to t-shirt

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo When David Knight received a fine for driving in a bus lane in Bath, he knew immediately there had been a mistake. After ... Read more »

NBC Shuts Down Production on AGT: Extreme Temporarily After Performer Injured in Stunt Gone Wrong

© Provided by People NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images NBC has temporarily halted production on their new spinoff series America’s Got Talent: Extreme after a stunt gone wrong, PEOPLE ... Read more »

Will and Kate's recycled outfits

© Provided by Are Media Pty Ltd Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge have made a stunning appearance on the ‘green carpet’ at the first Earthshot Prize Awards. Prince ... Read more »

John Brennan's childhood battle with dyslexia meant he didn't speak until he was four

© Provided by Evoke.ie Hotelier John Brennan has opened up about his ‘difficult’ childhood battle with dyslexia and how despite the fact he didn’t speak until he was four years ... Read more »

All-Stars! Drew Barrymore 'Fangirls' Over Chelsea Handler and Amy Schumer

© Provided by US Weekly Drew Barrymore ‘Fangirls’ Over Chelsea Handler, Amy Schumer and More Famous Faces in All-Star Photo Fangirl moment! Drew Barrymore shared a social media snap with ... Read more »

Chrissie Swan leaves Celebrity MasterChef

© Provided by Are Media Pty Ltd The radio host and former Big Brother star Chrissie Swan is the first contestant to leave Celebrity MasterChef, and even though her nerves ... Read more »

Strictly's third star axed despite Shirley Ballas choosing to save them

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 has said goodbye to another couple with Greg Wise and Karen Hauer being sent home in the latest elimination. On Sunday night’s results show, the Sense ... Read more »

President leads tributes to poet Brendan Kennelly

© Provided by PA Media Poet and author Brendan Kennelly (PA) President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to poet Brendan Kennelly, who has died aged 85. Originally from Ballylongford ... Read more »

Arkansas governor accepts vaccine mandates work despite allowing people to opt out

© ASSOCIATED PRESS Arkansas Gov Asa Hutchinson – ASSOCIATED PRESS Arkansas Gov Asa Hutchinson toed a fine line on the issue of vaccine mandates during a conversation on Sunday with ... Read more »

Ronnie Tutt, Drummer for Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and More, Dies at 83

Ronnie Tutt Ronnie Tutt, a legendary drummer who spent years playing alongside Elvis Presley and teamed up with other superstars ranging from Johnny Cash to Stevie Nicks, has died. He ... Read more »

NSYNC's Lance Bass welcomes twins with husband and shares sweet names

© Attitude/Gabriel Gastelum NSYNC’s Lance Bass has welcomed twins Violet and Alexander with his husband Michael Turchin Former NSYNC band member Lance Bass welcomed twins via surrogate with his husband ... Read more »

Manhunt as assault victim, 42, left fighting for life in Beckenham

© Metropolitan Police Beckenham appeal 01.jpg Police are appealing for help after a serious assault left a man fighting for life in south east London. Scotland Yard released images of ... Read more »

Julianne Hough Says The Activist Controversy Gave Her 'More of a Fire to Focus' on Doing Right

© Provided by People Jesse Grant/Getty Julianne Hough has learned a lot in the wake of the Activist controversy. Speaking with PEOPLE at the Environmental Media Association Awards at Gearbox ... Read more »

Colin Farrell is Having the Time of His Life as The Penguin in the New Trailer for 'The Batman'

A long, long (… long) year ago, in October 2020, we got a glimpse of some set photos from The Batman. Standing next to Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne, was an ... Read more »

Madonna's daughter Lourdes Leon spills surprising secret in latest interview

Lourdes Leon, Madonna’s oldest daughter, has given her fans some insight into what it was like growing up with the “Material Girl” singer as a mum in a recent interview. ... Read more »

Fans Choose Adele's ‘Easy On Me' as This Week's Favorite New Music

Adele Adele’s new song “Easy On Me” has topped this week’s new music poll. Music fans voted in a poll published Friday (Oct. 15) on Billboard, choosing the 33-year-old British ... Read more »