Daniel Craig looks dapper as he poses with Bond girls at the Spectre photocall

The 24th Bond film sees Daniel Craig return for a fourth, and if he is to be believed, possibly last, time as the MI6 agent.

 

Daniel Craig was in full-on Bond mode as he took centre stage at the Spectre photocall.

The James Bond star looked slightly more casual than his alter-ego as he opted for jeans and an open shirt for the official press call on Thursday.

Craig, 47, seemed happy to share the limelight with Bond girls Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux who posed either side of him.

Director Sam Mendes was also on hand for pictures as was Bond villain Christoph Waltz, who plays Franz Oberhauser.

Extended cast including Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Andrew Scott were also around to help promote the eagerly anticipated film.

Spectre, which is out on general release on October 26, will open with a black tie gala premiere on Monday night.

Speaking about the iconic character in a recent intrerview with Jonathan Ross, Craig talks about how Bond can’t become ‘a superhero’.

“He can’t stop speeding bullets, he’s got to bleed,” Craig explains. “I just think that the more real you make it, the more the audience will believe it.”

“I can’t really reveal anything but needless to say we haven’t shied away from [gadgets],” promises Craig.

This is rumoured to be the star’s last outing as the famous spy, although co-star Harris has other thoughts.

“To say that he doesn’t want to come back — I just don’t believe it for a second,” she recently said.

Mixed reviews for new Bond film Spectre

The first screening of the eagerly awaited new James Bond film, Spectre took place in London last night and despite some lavish praise, the reviews from the audience were decidedly mixed.

Hundreds of fans and selected British journalists packed into the Odeon in Leicester Square to watch the movie which sees Daniel Craig in his fourth outing as 007.

Clocking in at over two hours, the movie opens with a thrilling opening scene set at the Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival in Mexico. 

The film follows Bond as he confronts enemies from his past, including his nemesis Franz Oberhauser, played by double Oscar winner Christoph Waltz Spectre, all of which is delivered against the backdrop of the familiar chase scenes, romance and some witty one-liners.

Heat magazine gave the movie the thumbs up saying: “It has all the elements of a classic Bond film. It’s satisfying for fans of the genre.” 

The Sun newspaper said “Bond is back to his best”, while the Daily Mirror gave the film five stars, calling it a “movie guaranteed to leave you shaken, stirred and shattered”. The Times, The Telegraph and The Guardian have all lavished Spectre with five-star ratings.

However others in attendance were less enthusiastic.

Press Association film critic Damon Smith said: “From Skyfall to crestfallen. It was one anticlimax to another although it was beautifully shot.”, while Darryl Smith from Scotland’s Sunday Post called it “lacklustre”.

Hollywood Reporter said it “ultimately feels like a lesser film than Skyfall, falling back on cliche and convention”, Variety said that “what’s missing is the unexpected emotional urgency of Skyfall as the film sustains its predecessor’s nostalgia kick”.

Spectre – which also stars Monica Belucci and Irish actor Andrew Scott – reunites Daniel Craig with director Sam Mendes after 2012’s Skyfall became the highest-grossing Bond film in history. However it may be their last 007 adventure together, with the film-maker saying Spectre is likely to be his last Bond film while Craig has also dropped hints.

Craig recently told Time Out magazine it was time to move on. “I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on,” he said. “For at least a year or two, I just don’t want to think about it,” he continued. “If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.”

2015 British Style Award Nominees Revealed

The names of the Brits nominated for the British Fashion Awards 2016 have been announced, and voting is now open.

The annual British Fashion Awards, in partnership with Swarovski, have given the following names as nominees for the British Style Award:  Daniel Craig ,Benedict Cumberbatch, Grayson Perry, Gwendoline Christie, Eddie Redmayne, Naomie Harris, Emily Blunt, Sam Claflin, FKA Twigs, Sienna Miller and Florence Welch.

Voting closes at midnight on October 28, and the results will be announced at the awards ceremony on November 23. Voters must register on the website, and also have the opportunity to win two tickets for an overnight stay at the exclusive St Martins Lane hotel.  

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