The international screening of the latest James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig opened in London, after an 18-month delay due to the outbreak of the Corona epidemic.
The movie, No Time to Die, is Craig’s fifth as Agent 007.
Standing on the red carpet, Craig told the BBC that the role was “very important to cinema and history, and it has been this weight on my shoulder for a while”.
“I was very lucky,” he added.
Unusually, two different generations of British royals attended the film’s special screening of Craig’s farewell to the role of James Bond.
Crown Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, were joined by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, at the Royal Albert Hall.
Actress Naomi Harris, who plays Moneypenny for the third time, said it was a particularly “emotional night” because it was Craig’s last appearance as Bond.
The film industry is closely watching the performance of the new James Bond movie at the box office, and whether it can entice audiences to return in droves to cinemas now that most of them have reopened since the closure due to Corona.
“I really hope it will bring people back to the cinemas, and they will feel comfortable with this because it is such a special movie,” Harris told the BBC.
Actress Lashana Lynch joined the cast of the film as a new undercover agent named Nomi, and said adding the character was a step forward for the film series.
Lynch added, “I love watching movies that make me feel like they are about me, and that they tell my story.”
“The women I grew up with and the women I still love and respect are people like Nomi. The fact that she (the character) was just an idea on paper that reflects the world I see, and how I see it with my own eyes. I feel really proud to be able to add my culture to such a beautiful and rich series.” .
Producer Barbara Broccoli, who owns the James Bond franchise with co-producer Michael J. Wilson, said they won’t start considering a replacement for Craig until next year.
“We don’t think about it at all,” she told the BBC. “We want Daniel to take his time to celebrate. Next year, we’ll start thinking about the future.”
Advance ticket sales in Britain have reached levels not seen in the industry since before cinemas closed at the start of the pandemic, according to theaters Odeon and Sinworld.
Odeon said it had sold more than 175,000 tickets by Monday, while Sinworld said it had the highest pre-booking prices since 2019’s Avengers: Endgame.