007 Is Back! Daniel Craig Arrives in Style at Glam 'Spectre' Premiere as James Bond Mania Kicks Into High Gear

Marking his fourth outing as the quintessential British spy, Daniel Craig looks suave in a sleek, tailor-made black tuxedo as he walked the red carpet in London

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James Bond has arrived.

Daniel Craig lit up the star-studded world premiere of Spectre looking like the picturesque version of his 007 character at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Monday.

Marking his fourth outing as the quintessential British spy, Craig, 47, was suave in a sleek, tailor-made black tuxedo as he walked the red carpet and stopped to pose for pictures with costars Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci.

Along the way, the actor even took a few selfies with fans, and he later raved to reporters about his costars, saying that their performances motivated him to work even harder on set.

“I’m incredibly proud of the movie and incredibly proud of the people who made the movie and I can’t wait to see them,” he told reporters. “I’m blessed to work with these people. Any movie would be overjoyed to have a cast like this. It makes my job harder as I have to try and raise my game.”

And of course it didn’t take long for the actor to find his “Bond girls” by his side. Costars Seydoux and Bellucci joined Craig on the carpet as they dazzled in their long gowns.

Seydoux, 30, shimmered in a stunning sequined metallic gown with an exposed back, while Bellucci, 52, kept her look more classic in a plunging emerald velvet gown. But Bellucci still managed to show off her envious legs with a thigh-high split. Both women kept their hair down and curled for the night, adding a bit of edge with their smokey makeup.

Naomie Harris – who plays Bond’s right-hand woman, Moneypenny – traded in her character’s typical conservative style for a curve-hugging orange gown. The actress, 39, also kept her hair down around her shoulders for the occasion.

Harris, who made her Bond debut in 2012’s Skyfall, says working with the cast has been like “joining a family.”

“[The] most surprising thing about being in a Bond film is that it’s actually an incredibly warm, loving experience,” she told reporters. “It is like joining a family. That is special as an actor. So it’s great to be reunited every couple of years with the same team who are all absolutely gorgeous.”

But even with his “Bond girls,” Craig still knows who his real leading lady is. Rachel Weisz, was all smiles as she stuck close to her husbands side at the premiere.

Weisz, 45, looked to be beaming with pride and excitement as she cuddled up close to Craig, hugging him from behind as they waiting in line to meet the royal guests.

Craig didn’t seem to mind the affection, as he was later seen giving his wife of four years a kiss.

Sam Smith, who wrote and recorded the official theme song for the film, titled “Writing’s on the Wall,” also joined the cast at the premiere. And while he might be the silky voice behind the opening credits, he proved to be quite the endearing, regular chap on the red carpet: Smith, 23, had to stop mid-carpet to tie his shoelaces.

Spectre reunites Craig with director Sam Mendes, after 2012’s Skyfall became the highest-grossing Bond film in the history of the franchise.

“What I wanted was to do something completely different,” said Mendes, 50, of filming Spectre. “We have gone for something more flamboyant with more mischief, more fun, more wit and wanted to continue Bond’s emotional story.”

Spectre hits theaters Nov. 6.

With reporting by SIMON PERRY and PHILIP BOUCHER

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