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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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.'
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.'
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.
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.'
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!'
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.'
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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