Cast members Lashana Lynch, Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux and director Cary Fukunaga pose during the world premiere of the new James Bond film "No Time To Die."
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The stars of “No Time To Die gathered” in London on Monday for the premiere of the long-awaited James Bond film.
"No Time To Die", the 25th Bond movie, has been delayed three times since its original April 2020 slot as movie theatres around the world were forced to shut their doors as well as impose audience number restrictions due to the pandemic.
Daniel Craig, Lashana Lynch, Léa Seydoux, and director Cary Joji Fukunga all posed together on the Royal Albert Hall’s steps.
Also in attendance were Rami Malek, who plays villain Lyutsifer Safin, Ben Wishaw, aka Q, and Naomie Harris, who portrays Eve Moneypenny.
Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter), Ana de Armas (CIA agent Paloma), Rory Kinnear (Bill Tanner), Dali Benssalah (Primo), and David Dencik (Valdo Obruchev) were also present.
They were joined by Billie Eilish, who sings the film’s theme song, and her brother, co-writer, and producer of the song Finneas O’Connell.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who co-wrote the screenplay, also attended.
The Universal Pictures and MGM film marks Craig's fifth and final outing as the suave British secret agent known for his love of fast cars and cool gadgets, wrapping up a 15-year tenure that began with 2006's "Casino Royale".
"It's such a great relief. It was so important to me to come and celebrate with all the other cast and crew and to get it into the cinemas and we're here," Craig told Reuters.
"A year ago I didn't think that was going to happen."
Asked what he was going to miss the most from playing 007, he said: "The people."
Costing an estimated $200 million to produce, "No Time To Die" sees Bond come out of retirement from an idyllic life in Jamaica to help track down a new villain, played by Oscar winner Rami Malek, armed with lethal technology.
It introduces new character Nomi, a 00 agent, played by Lynch.
"I'm just happy it's here and we get to celebrate it in the way that it deserves," Lynch said.
Beginning its cinema rollout this week, it is among the most anticipated movies this autumn.
"I know the world is expecting this film," said Seydoux, who reprises her "Spectre" role as Madeleine Swann.
"We tried to give the best, we gave everything to this film ... and I hope people will love it."
Among the premiere's guest list were Britain's Prince Charles and his son Prince William and their wives. As a thanks for their frontline work during the pandemic, health workers and members of the armed forces were also invited.
“No Time To Die” will be released on 30 September in the UK and 8 October in the US.
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