James Bond film premiere: Kate Middleton and other stars line the red carpet

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It may have been a long time coming, but Tuesday’s world premiere of the new James Bond movie did not disappoint.

Stars from the screen and stage joined British royalty at the glittering red carpet event “No Time to Die” at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Britain’s Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, speaks with British actor Daniel Craig upon arrival for the world premiere of the new James Bond film, “No Time To Die,” in London on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. ( Chris Jackson / Pool Photo via AP) Credit: Chris Jackson / Pool Photo via AP

Ana de Armas wore a custom velvet Louis Vuitton dress with a plunging neckline and thigh-high slit.

Ana de Armas wore a custom velvet Louis Vuitton dress with a plunging neckline and thigh-high slit. Credit: Samir Hussein / WireImage / Getty Images

The long-delayed film, which is Daniel Craig’s fifth and final performance as the iconic British actor, was originally scheduled for release in April 2020, but has been delayed numerous times due to the global pandemic.

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, who attended alongside her husband, Prince William, and her in-laws, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, dazzled viewers in a floor-length gold gown by Jenny Packham.

Naomie Harris, who plays Eve Moneypenny, arrived in a sequined white slip dress from the Michael Kors collection.

Naomie Harris, who plays Eve Moneypenny, arrived in a sequined white slip dress from the Michael Kors collection. Credit: Karwai Tang / WireImage / Getty Images

Former Bond girl Michelle Yeoh donned a misty-toned Elie Saab dress.

Former Bond girl Michelle Yeoh donned a misty-toned Elie Saab dress. Credit: Karwai Tang / WireImage / Getty Images

Kate was photographed chatting with Craig, who looked as stylish as ever in an Anderson & Sheppard cherry-colored velvet tuxedo jacket over a white shirt and black bow tie.

Brothers Finneas O'Connell and Billie Eilish, who co-wrote the film's theme song, attended the premiere.

Brothers Finneas O’Connell and Billie Eilish, who co-wrote the film’s theme song, attended the premiere. Credit: P. Lehman / Barcroft Media / Getty Images

Screenwriter Phoebe Waller-Bridge, from "Fleabag" fame, she paired a black Olivier Theyskens jumpsuit with a cream Azzaro coat.

Screenwriter Phoebe Waller-Bridge, famous for “Fleabag,” paired a black Olivier Theyskens jumpsuit with a cream Azzaro coat. Credit: Karwai Tang / WireImage / Getty Images

The 53-year-old actor, who first took on the role of Bond in the 2006 blockbuster “Casino Royale,” told the Pennsylvania news agency that his plans to withdraw from the franchise have not changed, but that he was delighted to be at the event. .

“It’s been a bittersweet couple of years, so you have to keep things in perspective. The decision to leave is still there, I’m glad we have the opportunity to celebrate tonight and have a premiere. Something far away for a while,” he said. Craig.

Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, whose previous credits include “Jane Eyre” and “True Detective,” and written in part by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “No Time to Die” is the 25th film in the James Bond series.

They also dazzled Craig’s co-stars Naomie Harris, Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas and Léa Seydoux.

Tennis player Emma Raducanu walked the red carpet in a silver Dior Hellenic dress.

Tennis player Emma Raducanu walked the red carpet in a silver Dior Hellenic dress. Credit: Samir Hussein / WireImage / Getty Images

Rami Malek, who immortalized Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody," plays a villain in the new Bond movie.

Rami Malek, who immortalized Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody,” plays a villain in the new Bond movie. Credit: P. Lehman / Barcroft Media / Getty Images

Rami Malek, who played the villain Safin, and M’s actress Dame Judi Dench also graced the rain-soaked red carpet.

Many are hoping that the long-awaited film will make a welcome return to theaters following its UK premiere on Thursday.

Despite much speculation about who will take over from Craig, the producers of the James Bond franchise confirmed Tuesday that they won’t begin the search for the new lead actor until 2022.

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