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The Royal World premiere of SPECTRE on 26 October 2015

By: Anders Frejdh
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Our report from the World Premiere of SPECTRE at Royal Albert Hall in London. (More photos from the gala available on FSWL photographer Sascha Braun's website.)

Having been fortunate to attend the London premieres of The World Is Not Enough in 1999, Die Another Day in 2002 (also at Royal Albert Hall),Casino Royale in 2006, and Skyfall in 2012 (also at Royal Albert Hall) it was a real treat to get a ticket for another premiere of Britain's finest. Without doubt the biggest film premiere covered by British media in 2015.

Author and entertainer David Walliams (a huge Bond fan himself) conducted interviews with SPECTRE cast & crew (most of whom had not yet seen the film) and other Bond talent on the expansive Red Carpet. He handled every interview with elegance and finesse. All were televised inside the theater.

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William & Kate and Prince Harry of Wales glided down the red carpet, arriving last for the best and most unforgettable Bond premiere to date. After the producers and director introduced the cast on stage, security ushered William, Harry and Kate to the Royal Box. The Royal Trumpeters heralded their arrival from the stage. Then they enjoyed the film like the rest of the audience.

The exclusive “invitation only” after-party, traditionally one of the hardest tickets to get, was held at the British Museum. Bond’s DB10 and Mr. Hinx’ Jaguar were parked outside. Inside, the film’s Day of the Dead theme carried over complete with costumed dancers and paper mache skeletons which were hung all over. Belvedere martini bars were stationed throughout, including inside the VIP area where cast members and Bond alumni like Dame Shirley Bassey mingled with members of the British film industry.

Swedish people in attendance included yours truly with Kristina Wayborn, Maud Adams, Academy Award winner Per Hallberg, and 2nd Unit cinematographer Jallo Faber.

SPECTRE cast and crew in attendance:

• Alexander Witt (2nd unit director)
Andrew Noakes (Co-producer)
Andrew Scott (C)
Barbara Broccoli (producer)
Ben Whishaw (Q)
Chris Corbould (special effects supervisor)
Christoph Waltz (Franz Oberhauser)
Daniel Craig (James Bond)
Daniel Kleinman (main title designer)
Dave Bautista (Hinx)
Debbie McWilliams (casting director)
• Dennis Gassner (production designer)
Gary Powell (stunt coordinator)
Gregg Wilson (associate producer)
• Jany Temime (costume designer)
Jesper Christensen (Mr White)
• John Logan (screenwriter)
Léa Seydoux (Madeleine Swann)
Michael G. Wilson (producer)
Monica Bellucci (Lucia)
Naomie Harris (Moneypenny)
Neal Purvis (screenwriter)
Per Hallberg (supervising sound editor)
Ralph Fiennes (M)
Robert Wade (screenwriter)
Rory Kinnear (Tanner)
Sam Mendes (director)
• Sam Smith (singer of the theme song)
Stephanie Sigman (Estrella)
• Thomas Newman (soundtrack composer)

Talent from previous James Bond films included:

Carole Ashby - Octopussy (1983) and A View to a Kill
Jerry Jeroe (former SVP Publicity for Eon Productions) and his guests Mark Cerulli (DVD producer) & Sandra Carvalho (CMO of Technicolor)
John Richardson - special/visual effects in nine Bond films
Kristina Wayborn - Octopussy
Luciana Paluzzi - Thunderball (1965)
Lucy Fleming - Ian Fleming's niece
Maud Adams - The Man with the Golden Gun and Octopussy
Maryam d'Abo - The Living Daylights
Norman Wanstall - Academy Award winning Dubbing editor, six James Bond films
Shirley Bassey - Singer of the title songs for Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever, and Moonraker (1979)

Other guests in attendance included:

• Dave Worrall and Lee Pfeiffer (Founding editors of Cinema Retro magazine)
• Doug Redenius (co-founder of The Ian Fleming Foundation)
• Geoffrey Moore (son of legendary James Bond actor Roger Moore)
Mark O´Connell (author of Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond fan)
John Cork (Author as well as documentary filmmaker)
Steven Saltzman (son of legendary Bond producer Harry Saltzman)

Read our review of SPECTRE.

Written and compiled by Anders Frejdh. © 2015 FSWL.



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