New James Bond film Skyfall gets royal seal of approval

The latest James Bond movie Skyfall had its world premiere in London last night, with Prince Charles on hand to give it the royal seal of approval.

The film's star Daniel Craig was joined by co-stars including Dame Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, and Naomie Harris at the event at London's Iconic Royal Albert Hall.

Skyfall is the 23rd official Bond film, and Craig's third outing as the suave superspy.

In his previous movies, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, Craig has presented a rather emotionally charged Bond, however he's much more light-hearted in this movie.

"A happy Bond. I just had fun with it, I mean that is what you've got to do, you know. It's a rare thing to do," Craig said.

The latest film also has more elaborate actions scenes, although the actor admitted they aren't as difficult as they look.

He explained: "They are never that tough, they are just what they are and you just have to make them as good as you can, and I try to take as much part in them as much as I can.”

On the other hand Harris – who plays Bond girl Eve, an MI6 field agent – found making the movie a challenge.

"It's much tougher than I thought, doing the action stuff,” she said. “I have a real respect now for action heroes, because I never knew...

“You have to do regular acting as well as remembering that you are holding a gun, and also you have scenery falling around you and working with a train. I mean, it's a lot to remember.”

Oscar-winner Bardem plays the villain Raoul Silva, a former spy bent on revenge. The Spanish actor is enjoying an illustrious Hollywood career, but he said working on Skyfall was one of the best movie making experiences of his life.

"I would say this is by far one of the most...I would say the top three of the most enjoyable and pleasant journeys professionally and personally, really," he admitted.

"The movie was great, the character was amazing and the people - it's always about the human nature of the people, in a sense, that you're working with human beings. That is what makes the difference, and in this case it was a great group of people."

Though some critics have hailed the Sam Mendes-directed film as one of the best Bond films of the half-century-old franchise, the director was coy about his achievements while walking the red carpet.

"Action was a big challenge,” Mendes admitted. “For me, that was one of the reasons I did it as well, which is incredibly painstaking, meticulous and time0consuming, but it's thrilling when you put it all together and your two months work you see in five minute of screen time. It's a lot of work, but it's a big pay-off at the end.”

  • Skyfall opens in the UK on Friday.

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