The spy who came in with a cold: Daniel Craig looks shaken and stirred as he wipes away the sweat at glittering Skyfall premiere


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By Kimberley Dadds

He's famously cool, calm and collected as international spy James Bond, but Daniel Craig got a little hot under the collar as he walk the red carpet on Tuesday night.

The flustered actor, 44, looked more shaken than stirred as he wiped down his sweaty forehead in the midst of the Royal Premiere of Skyfall in London.

An aide came to check on him as he used a tissue to pat down his brow, perhaps overcome by the heat from the bright lights and screaming crowd.

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Hot under the collar: Daniel Craig at the Skyfall premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Tuesday

Flustered: The actor wiped down his brow with a tissue

There, there, there: Rachel tenderly mops Daniel's brow as they wait to be seated

Otherwise he looked suave in a dapper tuxedo with white shirt and bow tie and quickly resumed his duties in front of the camera.

Later his attentive wife Rachel Weisz also wiped down his face with her hand. And a source told Mail Online that he seemed to perk up at the after-party, enjoying a drink, and socialising until late.

Daniel recently spoke out about his role, admitting his 'vanity kicked in' when he realised he had to strip for Skyfall.

He said: 'There’s stuff in the script that says I have to take my shirt off so vanity kicks in and I work out. But also I'm running most of the time during this film – he doesn’t really just walk into a room and sit down, he tends to jump through the window and sit down, so I had to stay in shape.'

Feeling hot? Daniel's helpers looked concerned as he used the tissue to mop his brow before resuming his duties

Bit much? Daniel Craig had to take a moment out from posing for cameras as he grabbed a tissue

Feeling better? The actor chatted to his aides as his fans watched on while he recuperated

And speaking at the premiere of the film on Tuesday night, Daniel said he knew that director Sam Mendes would do a good job directing Skyfall, because he is so 'passionate' about the franchise.

He told BANG Showbiz: 'Sam, I knew he was the right man for the job. He's passionate about film making but he's also passionate about Bond movies.'

Daniel – who played 007 in 2006 movie Casino Royale and 2008's Quantum of Solace - also insisted the Skyfall premiere was the 'biggest and best' he has ever been to and he was honoured to receive an 'incredible' reception when he arrived.

He explained: 'The reception is incredible. This is my third Bond premiere and it's the biggest and the best.'

That's better! He smiled to reassure his fans after meeting up with Rachel inside

Loving hand: His wife Rachel Weisz ensured he felt better as she also mopped his brow once inside the famous venue

He was also joined at the event by his glamorous co-stars Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe.

Naomie stood out as she showed off her perfect physique in a sheer black Marios Schwab gown with a daring blue sequinned body underneath.

She almost floated on to the red carpet in the see-through frock as she completed her look with glowing straight hair and dark nail polish.

But not to be outdone, Berenice also ensured she was another belle of the ball in a striking strapless red dress which emphasised her cleavage.

Red hot: The star was joined by co-star Berenice Marlohe

Scarlet woman: Berenice looked ravishing in red and co-star Naomie Harris sparked in blue sequins

Ignoring the red carpet rule to avoid gowns of the same colour, Berenice looked ravishing in the scarlet frock as she wore her hair in a wavy bob for the night.

Naomie, who plays MI5 field agent Eve, felt strongly that in playing a Bond girl she wasn't just a pretty face.

She said: 'Bond girls have to reflect the modern woman, and the modern woman is very talented and very capable, they're leaders in their field, they can do anything.

'They are equals to men and we have to reflect that in the movies.'

My turn! Fellow Bond Girl Naomie Harris jumped in to pose alongside the leading man

Centre of attention: It was certainly the night for the Bond Girls as they lapped up the limelight in their glorious gowns

The name's Harris, Naomie Harris: The actress joins Berenice Marlohe as the latest Bond Girls in the highly anticipated Skyfall movie alongside 007 himself Daniel Craig

But Harris has her share of sexy scenes with Craig and admitted she preferred them to her action scenes.

She said: 'I actually preferred the flirting, because the fighting is a lot of hard work and you get a lot of bruises.'

Berenice, 33, who plays Bond girl Severine, couldn't choose between fighting and flirting.

'I kind of like both,' she laughed.

The French actress enjoyed her steamy shower scene with Craig in the film, adding: 'I would do it again!'

Busting out: Berenice showed off her striking assets in the scarlet gown as she signed autographs for waiting fans

And pose: The ladies drew all of the attention as they worked the crowds before heading inside to the gala screening

Royal World Premiere: As the stars arrived their gowns were shown off in all their glory on big screens dotted outside the Royal Albert Hall

Ravishing in red: Berenice decided to match the red carpet as she showed off her perfect physique in her stand-out gown

Javier Bardem also showed off his dapper outfit as he showed up to celebrate the release of the Bond movie, in which he plays baddie Raoul Silva, who is touted as one of the scariest Bond villains ever.

Bardem said he was always drawn to Bond villains after seeing the metal-toothed baddie Jaws in Moonraker as a youngster.

Asked about the enduring appeal of the films, he said: 'Well, 50 years is a long time. That means they have been doing something really right, starting with the actors who have played Bond. They have all brought their own flavour to it.'

Men of the night: While fans flocked to see Bond himself, Craig, Javier Bardem also showed off his own dapper style as he marked his villain role in the movie

So nice to meet you! Craig was joined by his stunning wife as he met Camilla and Prince Charles in the royal line-up

But it wasn't only the stars of the movie itself who showed up to watch the movie and delight in the glitzy bash.

The likes of Kelly Brook also showed up, who also went for some shimmer in a low cut figure accentuating silver sequinned gown.

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