The Royal World Premiere of Skyfall, the 23rd film in the James Bond franchise, was held at the Royal Albert Hall on 23 October 2012.

The Royal Marines Band performed a fanfare to start the evening, as many hundreds of Bond fans lined the streets to welcome the stars, as well as students watching the action from the enviable position of the Royal College of Music. Many thousands also tuned in to watch the live stream online, with fans tweeting their comments via #SkyfallRedCarpet, which was soon trending.

The lucky ticketholders made their way up the red carpet and into the auditorium, where the Royal Marines Band were performing classic Bond songs on-stage as people took to their seats.

In the presence of royal guests HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, a brief introduction was given by producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, before producer Sam Mendes took to the stage to present the ‘cast of his dreams’ to the audience.

It was also announced that the event, the 20th Royal Premiere in the history of the Bond franchise, had raised over £300,000 for charity, as proceeds benefited charities supporting former and serving members of the Intelligence Services, many of whom were also in attendance.

After these presentations it was down to business, and the audience were treated to over 2 hours of classic Bond action on the big screen. That’s as much as we can say about the film itself – but Skyfall is most certainly another classic installment in the most successful film series of all time.
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