26th Oct - The James Bond 'SPECTRE' Royal World Premiere

Three years ago, I got very lucky when I basically walked to the James Bond world premiere for 'SKYFALL' without a number or a wristband, and got into the front row of a newly opened public pen, right next to the paparazzi. (Then again, four ears before that, at only my 9th ever premiere, I had an experience so bad at the Bond premiere for 'Quantum of Solace' that I rarely acknowledge it even took place)

So because I'm a pessimist / realist, I did all I could to enhance my chances for 'Spectre's world premiere... up to and including coming in on the day before to see if they were releasing wristbands early (like they sometimes do for really large premieres or the Baftas). They sadly weren't. However it did give me a chance to see and photograph the setup at the Royal Albert Hall being constructed before The Big Day:

Sadly, no chance of quickly swinging by Leicester Square on foot for this premiere - it's all the way out at the Royal Albert Hall, at South Kensington. A classy location, no doubt - but convenience wise it's not the greatest.

Sadly, no chance of quickly swinging by Leicester Square on foot for this premiere - it's all the way out at the Royal Albert Hall, at South Kensington. A classy location, no doubt - but convenience wise it's not the greatest.

T-minus 33 hours. It's about 9:30am on Sunday, and preparations for the premiere on Monday night are actually fairly advanced. Either that or somebody has removed a lot of load-bearing materials from the building in the distance.

T-minus 33 hours. It's about 9:30am on Sunday, and preparations for the premiere on Monday night are actually fairly advanced. Either that or somebody has removed a lot of load-bearing materials from the building in the distance.

T-Minus 33 hours. And some people are camping out in the cold for two nights to get good spots for this premiere (For the premiere of the third Hobbit film last year it was closer to 4 nights, and for the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2011 it was over FIVE days). Plus there's the possibility of pre-day wristbands. Which is why I am here.

T-Minus 33 hours. And some people are camping out in the cold for two nights to get good spots for this premiere (For the premiere of the third Hobbit film last year it was closer to 4 nights, and for the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2011 it was over FIVE days). Plus there's the possibility of pre-day wristbands. Which is why I am here.

T-Minus 30 hours. It's just after midday, I've returned, and the queue has grown. So has the scaffolding. The story with wristbands is : you don't talk about wristbands.

T-Minus 30 hours. It's just after midday, I've returned, and the queue has grown. So has the scaffolding. The story with wristbands is : you don't talk about wristbands.

T-Minus 26 hours. I've returned, the Paparazzi pen looks to be about 50% bigger than the one for Skyfall. I'm not sure why you need that many people to all take fundamentally identical pictures of people posing and smiling, but then I don't really understand The Media.

T-Minus 26 hours. I've returned, the Paparazzi pen looks to be about 50% bigger than the one for Skyfall. I'm not sure why you need that many people to all take fundamentally identical pictures of people posing and smiling, but then I don't really understand The Media.

T-minus 26 hours. The statue in front of the Royal Albert Hall has been obscured by a large screen and a stage with two black amorphous shapes on it. Mysterious...

T-minus 26 hours. The statue in front of the Royal Albert Hall has been obscured by a large screen and a stage with two black amorphous shapes on it. Mysterious...

T-Minus 26 hours. Wow. I'd totally steal one of those Aston Martins... but the problem is that this would leave security with the other equally fast Aston Martin (or, I later found out, Jaguar convertible) to chase me down with. I knew I should have brought along a sidekick.

T-Minus 26 hours. Wow. I'd totally steal one of those Aston Martins... but the problem is that this would leave security with the other equally fast Aston Martin (or, I later found out, Jaguar convertible) to chase me down with. I knew I should have brought along a sidekick.

T-Minus 23 Hours. The List of people queuing has risen to over 100, however those numbers will not be ratified unless the person with that number is in line when wristbands are handed out (according to security) "early" tomorrow morning. I guess I know where I'll be "early" tomorrow, then...

T-Minus 23 Hours. The List of people queuing has risen to over 100, however those numbers will not be ratified unless the person with that number is in line when wristbands are handed out (according to security) "early" tomorrow morning. I guess I know where I'll be "early" tomorrow, then...

A good night's sleep later...

T-Minus 12 hours. The queue is now LONG. And security have assured us we'll get our wristbands 'sometime soon'. I am concerned by how I can translate this into a message to my boss in the office whereby I state I'll be at my desk 'sometime soon'.

T-Minus 12 hours. The queue is now LONG. And security have assured us we'll get our wristbands 'sometime soon'. I am concerned by how I can translate this into a message to my boss in the office whereby I state I'll be at my desk 'sometime soon'.

T-Minus 10 hours. After waiting two hours... finally a wristband. And now... to head to the office and explain just how late /early I've arrived/need to leave today..

T-Minus 10 hours. After waiting two hours... finally a wristband. And now... to head to the office and explain just how late /early I've arrived/need to leave today..

And so I returned to the office, and put together as productive a day as I could until it was time to once again head back to the Royal Albert Hall, a mere hour AFTER I was told to be back by (on the assumption that those 'be back by...' times are usually padded by two hours)

T-Minus 5 hours. 'Spectre' : it's the premiere so big that even the back entrance into the event has its own red carpet.

T-Minus 5 hours. 'Spectre' : it's the premiere so big that even the back entrance into the event has its own red carpet.

T-Minus 5 hours. Near as I can tell, not even one person here is in the queue for tickets to 'Ratatouille in Concert'.

T-Minus 5 hours. Near as I can tell, not even one person here is in the queue for tickets to 'Ratatouille in Concert'.

T-Minus 3 hours. My wristband number was good enough to give me a complete duplicate of my spot at the Skyfall premiere three years ago. Well... not a *complete* duplicate. The overzealous Germans with minimal respect for airspace and surprisingly *wide* yet receding hairlines were new.

T-Minus 3 hours. My wristband number was good enough to give me a complete duplicate of my spot at the Skyfall premiere three years ago. Well... not a *complete* duplicate. The overzealous Germans with minimal respect for airspace and surprisingly *wide* yet receding hairlines were new.

"I honestly - genuinely - had no idea I was dressed the same way as the guy on the poster. Is it too late to grab some jeans and a t-shirt?" - one of several hosts for the evening is comedian David Walliams

"I honestly - genuinely - had no idea I was dressed the same way as the guy on the poster. Is it too late to grab some jeans and a t-shirt?" - one of several hosts for the evening is comedian David Walliams

T-Minus 1hr. It's getting real, now. And those people standing and milling between my view and where the stars will pose in front of the Paparazzi... they're looking a bit too real, now, too.

T-Minus 1hr. It's getting real, now. And those people standing and milling between my view and where the stars will pose in front of the Paparazzi... they're looking a bit too real, now, too.

Our first serious arrival of the evening is.. I actually don't know who this is. But damn he's serious.

Our first serious arrival of the evening is.. I actually don't know who this is. But damn he's serious.

"I gotta be honest... the composition could be better. Then again, this isn't my phone" - to the delight of pretty much everyone, James Bond himself Daniel Craig is the first to arrive, and start grabbing peoples' pink mobile phones for selfies. Or grand larceny. Or to throw against walls for being unmysoginistically unmanly.

"I gotta be honest... the composition could be better. Then again, this isn't my phone" - to the delight of pretty much everyone, James Bond himself Daniel Craig is the first to arrive, and start grabbing peoples' pink mobile phones for selfies. Or grand larceny. Or to throw against walls for being unmysoginistically unmanly.

"Don't turn around... just look at the screen pointing behind us and tell me that's not the most hideous beanie you've seen in a while. Was it a lampshade in a past life?"

"Don't turn around... just look at the screen pointing behind us and tell me that's not the most hideous beanie you've seen in a while. Was it a lampshade in a past life?"

Our second arrival is the other person on the giant movie poster. Léa Seydoux plays the role of (checks imdb) Madeleine Swann in the film. She was also in (and briefly photographed by me at the premiere of) Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol.

Our second arrival is the other person on the giant movie poster. Léa Seydoux plays the role of (checks imdb) Madeleine Swann in the film. She was also in (and briefly photographed by me at the premiere of) Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol.

"Please sign something! Anything! Sign this copy of my economics textbook if you want!"

"Please sign something! Anything! Sign this copy of my economics textbook if you want!"

It's taken a bit of research, but turns out this man is Chuck Aaron, the barrel-rolling helicopter stunt pilot in the movie. As an aside, his amazing moustache would be almost enough to justify his inclusion in this journal anyway.

It's taken a bit of research, but turns out this man is Chuck Aaron, the barrel-rolling helicopter stunt pilot in the movie. As an aside, his amazing moustache would be almost enough to justify his inclusion in this journal anyway.

"I'm not freaking Blofeld!!" I won't believe it til I fail to see him stroking a long-haired white cat in the film... and if that fails to happen I'll be disappointed. Christoph Waltz (Academy Award winner for both Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained) plays the main villain in this movie.

"I'm not freaking Blofeld!!" I won't believe it til I fail to see him stroking a long-haired white cat in the film... and if that fails to happen I'll be disappointed. Christoph Waltz (Academy Award winner for both Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained) plays the main villain in this movie.

"Well, yes of course I play a great bad guy. Do I look like the guy who would dress in gold horns walking down the street in mythical norse garb and draw attention to myself? That's right. I would not."

"Well, yes of course I play a great bad guy. Do I look like the guy who would dress in gold horns walking down the street in mythical norse garb and draw attention to myself? That's right. I would not."

"Oh, I see you are trying to make overexposed blurry photographs look like some kind of artistic 'thing'. Good luck with that"

"Oh, I see you are trying to make overexposed blurry photographs look like some kind of artistic 'thing'. Good luck with that"

"CHRISTOPH WALTZ IS THE BAD GUY??".By the way, the two pieces of paper in front of my camera were BOTH held by a kid aged under ten, in the second row, sitting on his Dad's shoulders, while the Dad leaned forward past me and the person next to me, like those dudes on poles in Mad Max Fury Road. Craig didn't sign either. I'm glad.

"CHRISTOPH WALTZ IS THE BAD GUY??".By the way, the two pieces of paper in front of my camera were BOTH held by a kid aged under ten, in the second row, sitting on his Dad's shoulders, while the Dad leaned forward past me and the person next to me, like those dudes on poles in Mad Max Fury Road. Craig didn't sign either. I'm glad.

Daniel Craig recently expressed a reluctance bordering on the suicidal to playing James Bond a fifth time. But since those statements were made, he's been forced (possibly at gunpoint by the movie studio) to remember that, indeed, he loves playing the character.Can't get enough of it. Will fight you to the death to keep playing him. At least until the press tour for the movie finishes.

Daniel Craig recently expressed a reluctance bordering on the suicidal to playing James Bond a fifth time. But since those statements were made, he's been forced (possibly at gunpoint by the movie studio) to remember that, indeed, he loves playing the character.Can't get enough of it. Will fight you to the death to keep playing him. At least until the press tour for the movie finishes.

"... you were in that film with.... uh....  okay, can I have a hint?"  For me, Monica Belluci is best known for playing the role of Persephone in the second and third Matrix films.

"... you were in that film with.... uh....  okay, can I have a hint?"  For me, Monica Belluci is best known for playing the role of Persephone in the second and third Matrix films.

You know his name..... and possibly you're wondering, if he stops playing Bond, might he resume work on that 2nd and 3rd Girl With the Dragon Tattoo movie, that 2nd and 3rd Golden Compass movie or another Tintin movie.... or maybe even that unexpected Cowboys & Aliens sequel nobody necessarily asked for.

You know his name..... and possibly you're wondering, if he stops playing Bond, might he resume work on that 2nd and 3rd Girl With the Dragon Tattoo movie, that 2nd and 3rd Golden Compass movie or another Tintin movie.... or maybe even that unexpected Cowboys & Aliens sequel nobody necessarily asked for.

Christoph Waltz, clearly hoping I don't call him on the five dollars he owes me... probably because his evil organisation can't break any note smaller than $5million...

Christoph Waltz, clearly hoping I don't call him on the five dollars he owes me... probably because his evil organisation can't break any note smaller than $5million...

"I will miss this... every time I run into a column or a piece of furniture in the house when the after-images fail to clear even hours later..."

"I will miss this... every time I run into a column or a piece of furniture in the house when the after-images fail to clear even hours later..."

"See if you can get me one of those giant banners to hang up at home. But do it discreetly... I don't want anybody to know". I want to know who gets to keep the giant skull sculpture they put at the top of the stairs... I don't care how cumbersome it would be to drag to the nearest tube station...

"See if you can get me one of those giant banners to hang up at home. But do it discreetly... I don't want anybody to know". I want to know who gets to keep the giant skull sculpture they put at the top of the stairs... I don't care how cumbersome it would be to drag to the nearest tube station...

The dress could blind a moose at 300metres... but Lea Seydoux's smile has a couple hundred watts to it as well. (My eyes aren't capable of actually looking at Lea Seydoux's dress for more than a fraction of a second before my brain starts to look for the magic eye image embedded in it somewhere)

The dress could blind a moose at 300metres... but Lea Seydoux's smile has a couple hundred watts to it as well. (My eyes aren't capable of actually looking at Lea Seydoux's dress for more than a fraction of a second before my brain starts to look for the magic eye image embedded in it somewhere)

It's about this point in proceedings that the sense of jovial bonhomie and easy photography starts to stall as it becomes evident that security are electing not to ask people to move on and keep the red carpet as clear as possible. On a purely selfish note : argh..

It's about this point in proceedings that the sense of jovial bonhomie and easy photography starts to stall as it becomes evident that security are electing not to ask people to move on and keep the red carpet as clear as possible. On a purely selfish note : argh..

"I'm sorry... I can't look at you directly. Your dress is hurting my eyes"

"I'm sorry... I can't look at you directly. Your dress is hurting my eyes"

Is the dress blue? green? black? or am I too busy looking at the person wearing it rather than the dress itself?

Is the dress blue? green? black? or am I too busy looking at the person wearing it rather than the dress itself?

"If I'd known you were going to wear that dress, I would have considered finding a bow tie to accessorise with it... and fry every sensor in the place."

"If I'd known you were going to wear that dress, I would have considered finding a bow tie to accessorise with it... and fry every sensor in the place."

"Okay... that dress is starting to cause optical nerve damage from the reflections. Although on the plus side... I'm probably getting a tan"

"Okay... that dress is starting to cause optical nerve damage from the reflections. Although on the plus side... I'm probably getting a tan"

"You wore a dress with 3.6million sequins on it, didn't tell me, and you let me come to this event in this blue-or-green-or-black-dress-depending-on-what-colour-my-dress-is that I'm wearing?"

"You wore a dress with 3.6million sequins on it, didn't tell me, and you let me come to this event in this blue-or-green-or-black-dress-depending-on-what-colour-my-dress-is that I'm wearing?"

The Royal Albert Hall can hold some 5000 people.... and I think we can safely say that the crowd is less a crowd than some kind of torrential flood at this point. I do hope Pope Francis or the Dalai Lama aren't in there somewhere... I've never photographed either.

The Royal Albert Hall can hold some 5000 people.... and I think we can safely say that the crowd is less a crowd than some kind of torrential flood at this point. I do hope Pope Francis or the Dalai Lama aren't in there somewhere... I've never photographed either.

"My expression isn't disgust or disdain... I'm just being blinded by my own dress here"  A brief opening in the crowd allows me to take a photo. And attempt to rehabilitate my distressed camera's autofocus shortly after.

"My expression isn't disgust or disdain... I'm just being blinded by my own dress here"  A brief opening in the crowd allows me to take a photo. And attempt to rehabilitate my distressed camera's autofocus shortly after.

"How the hell did they recognise me in this crowd?" Jesper Christensen holds the rare distinction of having a role (albeit small) in each of the Daniel Craig bond films. He plays the enigmatic 'Mr White' in all of them.

"How the hell did they recognise me in this crowd?" Jesper Christensen holds the rare distinction of having a role (albeit small) in each of the Daniel Craig bond films. He plays the enigmatic 'Mr White' in all of them.

Sam Mendes directed this film and its predecessor Skyfall... however he also directed a movie about a plastic bag being moved around by updrafts (among other plots), and won a Best Director Oscar for it!

Sam Mendes directed this film and its predecessor Skyfall... however he also directed a movie about a plastic bag being moved around by updrafts (among other plots), and won a Best Director Oscar for it!

"No, you do NOT get to say 'I directed Sam Mendes' simply by shouting 'CUT' into your mobile phone video footage"

"No, you do NOT get to say 'I directed Sam Mendes' simply by shouting 'CUT' into your mobile phone video footage"

Random Attendee Standing And Staring just past me: musician Will.I.Am. (I decide to put down my camera and stare just past him too... because I think that's appropriate)

Random Attendee Standing And Staring just past me: musician Will.I.Am. (I decide to put down my camera and stare just past him too... because I think that's appropriate)

Random Attendee 2 : David Bradley - best know either for playing Argus Filch the groundskeeper at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series... or the villainous Walder Frey in three crucial episodes of Game of Thrones. (it's vitally important to know whether detention is the worst thing he'll choose to punish you, your family and your pets with if you ever misbehave around him)

Random Attendee 2 : David Bradley - best know either for playing Argus Filch the groundskeeper at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series... or the villainous Walder Frey in three crucial episodes of Game of Thrones. (it's vitally important to know whether detention is the worst thing he'll choose to punish you, your family and your pets with if you ever misbehave around him)

"Me? Shave? No.... I figured the beard suited the bow -tie better" - Ralph Fiennes replaced Dame Judi Dench as 'M' in the last James Bond movie.

"Me? Shave? No.... I figured the beard suited the bow -tie better" - Ralph Fiennes replaced Dame Judi Dench as 'M' in the last James Bond movie.

"This comb-back is one of the sweetest I've ever had... and yet all everyone wants to talk about is the beard and get me to sign Harry Potter merchandise. I didn't even have hair in those films..."

"This comb-back is one of the sweetest I've ever had... and yet all everyone wants to talk about is the beard and get me to sign Harry Potter merchandise. I didn't even have hair in those films..."

Meanwhile former wrestler David Bautista has arrived, looking like he'll sign an autograph or snap your arm if you challenge him to an arm-wrestle. (I last photographed his inimidatingly tattooed arm and incredible neck muscles at 'Avengers Age of Ultron' this year, but more completely at the premiere of 'Guardians of the Galaxy')

Meanwhile former wrestler David Bautista has arrived, looking like he'll sign an autograph or snap your arm if you challenge him to an arm-wrestle. (I last photographed his inimidatingly tattooed arm and incredible neck muscles at 'Avengers Age of Ultron' this year, but more completely at the premiere of 'Guardians of the Galaxy')

"I can snap your arm WHILE signing this autograph WHILE using the other hand to hold this book. Go ahead... ask me how".  I assume the glasses are slightly sentient...

"I can snap your arm WHILE signing this autograph WHILE using the other hand to hold this book. Go ahead... ask me how".  I assume the glasses are slightly sentient...

"When he gets here ... DO NOT, I repeat Do Not ask him how he can snap your arm without using either of his. It's a trick question. That's a trick a question. You'll notice I"m not using my other arm."

"When he gets here ... DO NOT, I repeat Do Not ask him how he can snap your arm without using either of his. It's a trick question. That's a trick a question. You'll notice I"m not using my other arm."

Naomie Harris' orange dress makes a nice break from the grey and bow ties on the carpet. I myself am also dressed semi-formally with a black jumper worn behind a black jacket. My beanie is navy blue, in case you're interested.

Naomie Harris' orange dress makes a nice break from the grey and bow ties on the carpet. I myself am also dressed semi-formally with a black jumper worn behind a black jacket. My beanie is navy blue, in case you're interested.

"I don't want to talk about Pirates of the Caribbean anymore" - Naomie Harris and several kilos of seaweed, barnacles, and foreign accent played the largely unintelligible Tia Dalma in the second and third 'Pirates films.

"I don't want to talk about Pirates of the Caribbean anymore" - Naomie Harris and several kilos of seaweed, barnacles, and foreign accent played the largely unintelligible Tia Dalma in the second and third 'Pirates films.

"Just buy the CD... support an ailing format, people" Thomas Newman composed the score for this movie as he did Skyfall. He's also had TWELVE Academy Award nominations but sadly is yet to win an Oscar (Skyfall was great, and Road to Perdition and Finding Nemo were both great as well... and he composed both).

"Just buy the CD... support an ailing format, people" Thomas Newman composed the score for this movie as he did Skyfall. He's also had TWELVE Academy Award nominations but sadly is yet to win an Oscar (Skyfall was great, and Road to Perdition and Finding Nemo were both great as well... and he composed both).

Meanwhile, the impossible has happened. The crowd has briefly been moved from blocking all aspects of the main part of the red carpet. This helpfully coincides with a person being there I can't identify or recognise. The two hundred geese who gave their lives (or who now face a cold winter) for her dress would admit it looks pretty good, though.

Meanwhile, the impossible has happened. The crowd has briefly been moved from blocking all aspects of the main part of the red carpet. This helpfully coincides with a person being there I can't identify or recognise. The two hundred geese who gave their lives (or who now face a cold winter) for her dress would admit it looks pretty good, though.

Edited to add : she's Stephanie Sigman, and she's in this film. I'm not sure if her dress has a name.

Edited to add : she's Stephanie Sigman, and she's in this film. I'm not sure if her dress has a name.

"Please tell me they're really NOT translating my character's name to "Mrs Renminbiyuan" for the Chinese market"

"Please tell me they're really NOT translating my character's name to "Mrs Renminbiyuan" for the Chinese market"

If the flooding crowd could have parted more often like this, this journal would have had a lot more photos like this.

If the flooding crowd could have parted more often like this, this journal would have had a lot more photos like this.

"If you're going to kill anyone at this premiere, might I suggest that pen over there, Sir?" - there are a disproportionate number of German people in the pen I'm in (and I'm borderline myself!) The awesome Andrew Scott is best known for playing the murderously insane Moriarty in the BBC series 'Sherlock'.

"If you're going to kill anyone at this premiere, might I suggest that pen over there, Sir?" - there are a disproportionate number of German people in the pen I'm in (and I'm borderline myself!) The awesome Andrew Scott is best known for playing the murderously insane Moriarty in the BBC series 'Sherlock'.

"I appreciate you coming to me with ideas for writing great ransom notes... but what you've done is terrible, and I can't help you". I've previously photographed Andrew Scott at this year's Baftas, at the premiere of 'Locke', and the sort-of-premiere / Apple store event for the movie 'Pride'

"I appreciate you coming to me with ideas for writing great ransom notes... but what you've done is terrible, and I can't help you". I've previously photographed Andrew Scott at this year's Baftas, at the premiere of 'Locke', and the sort-of-premiere / Apple store event for the movie 'Pride'

"You camped out for a day to get a wristband with THOSE colours? That's horrendous. Not your dedication... I'm talking about the wristband". It does clash with almost anything not from a Doctor Seuss cartoon...

"You camped out for a day to get a wristband with THOSE colours? That's horrendous. Not your dedication... I'm talking about the wristband". It does clash with almost anything not from a Doctor Seuss cartoon...

"So my idea is to modify a 1996 Nissan Pulsar into an 800bhp sports sedan. Here's the shematics" "I love it... but we're kind of getting millions from Aston Martin to showcase their new cars, not thirty year old Japanese secondhand vehicles..." Ben Whishaw made his debut as the new 'Q' in the prior James Bond film.

"So my idea is to modify a 1996 Nissan Pulsar into an 800bhp sports sedan. Here's the shematics"
"I love it... but we're kind of getting millions from Aston Martin to showcase their new cars, not thirty year old Japanese secondhand vehicles..."

Ben Whishaw made his debut as the new 'Q' in the prior James Bond film.

"Of course I'm flattered that you think of me that way. But... to be honest... I'm kind of a star, and you're kind of ... well... normal" I think that's a gross inaccuracy. Those of us who queue for longer than a certain numer of hours at premieres are NOT normal. (Also... why do James Bond films only have, like, two or three women in them?)

"Of course I'm flattered that you think of me that way. But... to be honest... I'm kind of a star, and you're kind of ... well... normal" I think that's a gross inaccuracy. Those of us who queue for longer than a certain numer of hours at premieres are NOT normal. (Also... why do James Bond films only have, like, two or three women in them?)

I've photographed Ben Whishaw at premieres as disparate as 'Skyfall', 'Cloud Atlas', Paddington, and during the just-finished London Film Festival at 'The Lobster'.

I've photographed Ben Whishaw at premieres as disparate as 'Skyfall', 'Cloud Atlas', Paddington, and during the just-finished London Film Festival at 'The Lobster'.

Between you and me, is it really fair that one man should have this much hair on his head when others, heading into winter, do not? (I'm not saying this applies to me... but I'm also not saying that it doesn't NOT apply to me)

Between you and me, is it really fair that one man should have this much hair on his head when others, heading into winter, do not? (I'm not saying this applies to me... but I'm also not saying that it doesn't NOT apply to me)

"I'm not supposed to accept gifts. 'Supposed To' being the operative phrase. That said, and with all due respect, what is it that you're handing me?". Rory Kinnear has played the role of Bill Tanner in the last three James Bond films. (not to be mistaken for Biff Tannen in the Back to the Future films)

"I'm not supposed to accept gifts. 'Supposed To' being the operative phrase. That said, and with all due respect, what is it that you're handing me?". Rory Kinnear has played the role of Bill Tanner in the last three James Bond films. (not to be mistaken for Biff Tannen in the Back to the Future films)

Good news : after providing David Bradley and Will.I.Am for 'The Ladiez', I'm providing.... uh... I don't know who this is.... for the men looking for random distractions in the crowd. .. It's my journal. If you disagree with my policies, create your own.

Good news : after providing David Bradley and Will.I.Am for 'The Ladiez', I'm providing.... uh... I don't know who this is.... for the men looking for random distractions in the crowd. .. It's my journal. If you disagree with my policies, create your own.

Forgetting egregious and exploitative photos... I was lucky enough to catch the truly awesome Dame Shirley Bassey. She successfully snuck past most people on the red carpet before taking her spot in front of the Paparazzi. She's best known for her awesome renditions of the James Bond theme songs 'Diamonds are Forever' and 'Goldfinger'

Forgetting egregious and exploitative photos... I was lucky enough to catch the truly awesome Dame Shirley Bassey. She successfully snuck past most people on the red carpet before taking her spot in front of the Paparazzi. She's best known for her awesome renditions of the James Bond theme songs 'Diamonds are Forever' and 'Goldfinger'

"Your support is welcome, but entirely unnecessary. I'm pretty awesome with or without it".

"Your support is welcome, but entirely unnecessary. I'm pretty awesome with or without it".

Singer Sam Smith, meanwhile, provides the music, lyrics and peformance of the theme for 'Spectre'. I've heard it once... and I'll concede it's not my favourite theme. For me, personally, I feel that Chris Cornell's 'You Kow My Name' from Daniel Craig's 'Casino Royale' is vastly under-appreciated.

Singer Sam Smith, meanwhile, provides the music, lyrics and peformance of the theme for 'Spectre'. I've heard it once... and I'll concede it's not my favourite theme. For me, personally, I feel that Chris Cornell's 'You Kow My Name' from Daniel Craig's 'Casino Royale' is vastly under-appreciated.

Maryam D'Abo was the Bond Girl in the Timothy Dalton outing 'The Living Daylights' (1987) which I also feel is underrated.

Maryam D'Abo was the Bond Girl in the Timothy Dalton outing 'The Living Daylights' (1987) which I also feel is underrated.

Speaking of former bond girls, this is Kristina Wayborn, who was Magda in'Octopussy' in 1983 (with huge apologies : previously misidentified as Britt Ekland)

Speaking of former bond girls, this is Kristina Wayborn, who was Magda in'Octopussy' in 1983 (with huge apologies : previously misidentified as Britt Ekland)

Finally, I have no idea who he is, but his swagger in flouncing down the carpet deserves never to be forgotten.

Finally, I have no idea who he is, but his swagger in flouncing down the carpet deserves never to be forgotten.

And then, weirdly, Transformers Dark Of The Moon's Patrick Dempsey showed up...

And then, weirdly, Transformers Dark Of The Moon's Patrick Dempsey showed up...

And so... that was *almost* that. Because we still had to clear the carpet of all people in preparation for the arrival of the 'Royal' component of this 'Royal World Premiere'....

A few hours earlier... sniffer dogs on the red carpet. Security for a royal visit tends to be high. I even got pleasantly chatted to by one of the royal security guards... probably because almost nobody knows that Pentax is a real brand of camera and he felt it looked highly suspicious. Even (or especially) with a Nikon alongside it....

A few hours earlier... sniffer dogs on the red carpet. Security for a royal visit tends to be high. I even got pleasantly chatted to by one of the royal security guards... probably because almost nobody knows that Pentax is a real brand of camera and he felt it looked highly suspicious. Even (or especially) with a Nikon alongside it....

As we wait for the royals' car(s) and motorcade to arrive, I believe director Sam Mendes is chatting to the head of Sony Pictures worldwide. That man is probably offering Sam Mendes ALL THE MONEY to move on to directing an Amazing Spider-Man movie so that Sony can finally make that franchise work.

As we wait for the royals' car(s) and motorcade to arrive, I believe director Sam Mendes is chatting to the head of Sony Pictures worldwide. That man is probably offering Sam Mendes ALL THE MONEY to move on to directing an Amazing Spider-Man movie so that Sony can finally make that franchise work.

"no... I'm serious. I'm talking ALL THE MONEY" Sam Mendes is joined by James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson to meet Their Royal Highnesses.

"no... I'm serious. I'm talking ALL THE MONEY" Sam Mendes is joined by James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson to meet Their Royal Highnesses.

Finally, a Bentley arrives and dispenses ... the future King of England! I didn't see if he had an actual invite to this event or whether he can just kind of show up with a motorcade and insist on watching a movie with his wife on any given evening.

Finally, a Bentley arrives and dispenses ... the future King of England! I didn't see if he had an actual invite to this event or whether he can just kind of show up with a motorcade and insist on watching a movie with his wife on any given evening.

"Yes, that's right, people. I'm the REAL WILL.I.AM"

"Yes, that's right, people. I'm the REAL WILL.I.AM"

(possibly remembers me from the premieres of 'African Cats' or 'War Horse'?)

(possibly remembers me from the premieres of 'African Cats' or 'War Horse'?)

And then... after a sufficient amount of time had passed and the royals had gone inside,  we were finally allowed (or rather, 'encouraged') to leave.

Yeah... it was kind of big.

Yeah... it was kind of big.

The 'Spectre' World premiere layout, approximately, as drawn from memory and from what I could surmise... just because. (My position marked in red)

The 'Spectre' World premiere layout, approximately, as drawn from memory and from what I could surmise... just because. (My position marked in red)

So... that's that. A big BIG premiere. Not as much fun as the premiere of 'Skyfall' back in 2012, but I guess lightning doesn't really ever strike in the same place twice.. and nor did I expect it to, even if that's what I wanted. But... I got some photos, I had an okay time... and of course it's another premiere for The Archive of Premieres. The count of all premieres/events I've attended is pleasingly north of 300 now...

Until next time!

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pps. Have I watched the movie? Yes I have... and I go on at rambling incoherence to say 'generally I liked it' .....here