The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall meet Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench
James Bond's return to the big screen was given the royal seal of approval as 007's latest film outing received its world premiere.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended the red carpet launch of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall in London last night, which was hailed by 007 star Daniel Craig as his greatest Bond premiere yet.
The actor, playing the agent for a third time, said he was "incredibly proud" to once more be playing the suave hero created by Ian Fleming, who first appeared on the big screen in Dr No in 1962.
"I've never been to a premiere like this, it's incredible," he said as he arrived at the venue, where guests filed past a huge gold 007 logo and a classic Aston Martin.
Craig revealed it had been important to get some of the humour seen in previous Bond films back for Skyfall as the franchise marked its 50th anniversary.
The 44-year-old actor said: "I always wanted to get the old Bond trademarks into the movie, and we had the chance. "It was just a joy to put some of the gags in and get some of the old characters back. I think they're very important."
Also among the hundreds of guests filtering into the Albert Hall was Dame Judi Dench.
Dame Judi, 77, has played MI6 boss M in seven Bond films, starting with GoldenEye opposite Pierce Brosnan in 1995.
She revealed how honoured she was to be part of Skyfall in the series' 50th anniversary year.
The leading stars and makers of Skyfall - the 23rd Bond movie - were introduced to The Prince and Duchess ahead of the screening in the Albert Hall.
Proceeds from the premiere will benefit charities that support members of the three intelligence agencies - the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), the Security Service (MI5) and GCHQ.
The Duchess, wearing a purple velvet dress by Bruce Oldfield with an Amethyst diamond necklace from her private collection, and The Prince, in black tie, looked dressed for the occasion as they arrived on the red carpet to Bond's famous theme music. The Prince, who also owns an Aston Martin, pointed to Bond's classic car on display outside the grand hall as they walked the red carpet. The royal couple were greeted by Skyfall's producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli before they were introduced to the film's stars inside the Royal Albert Hall.