MI6 reports from Berlin where Daniel Craig, Caterina Murino, Mads Mikkelsen and Martin Campbell attended the German premiere of Casino Royale...

Casino Royale German Premiere
22nd November 2006

The Casino Royale road trip arrived in Berlin last night for the German premiere of the 21st James Bond film, following the past week's earlier jaunts in London, Zurich, Paris and Madrid.

Above: Mads Mikkelsen, Caterina Murino, Daniel Craig, Martin Campbell and Ludger Pistor pose for a group photograph before the German premiere of Casino Royale

Principal cast members Daniel Craig (James Bond), Caterina Murino (Solange) and Mads Mikkelsen (Le Chiffre) joined director Martin Campbell at the German premiere on Tuesday 21st November 2006. Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli were also in attendance.

Above: Daniel Craig signs autographs in Potsdamer Platz, Berlin

Daniel Craig singed hundreds of autographs for the fans who lined the Potsdamer Platz square in Berlin, which is also home to the conveniently placed Sony Centre - product placement taken to the next level.

Above: Mads Mikkelsen, Caterina Murino, and Daniel Craig with girlfriend Satsuki Mitchell arrive for the premiere

Instead of the usual Aston Martin, the new 007 pulled up in a black sedan, but the DBS was also on show. The red carpet stretched the complete length of the square, from the Sony tent to the door of the cinema, totaling a run of 60 metres.

1200 guests were invited to the CineStar theatre, amongst which was actor Diertmar Wunder, who provides Daniel Craig's voice for the dubbed German-language version of the film.

Above: Daniel Craig with girlfriend Satsuki Mitchell, German actors Ludger Pistor and Juergen Tarrach attempt 007 style poses

The screening commenced at 20:30, with all men over 18 dressing in the mandatory tuxedo and black tie uniform of 00-agents.

Martin Campbell told reporters on the red carpet that filming Casino Royale "was very exciting". When asked if it is the best Bond film to date, Campbell replied "others must decide that".

Above: Director Martin Campbell with wife Soley, Caterina Murino who plays Solange

67 year-old German actress Veruschka von Lehndorff was also in attendance. She plays Gräfin von Wallenstein, one of the poker players in Casino Royale. German actor Ludger Pistor, who plays Swiss banker Mendel in the film, joined the principal cast for the photocall.

Casino Royale opens nationwide in Germany on Thursday 23rd November 2006.

Next up... Director Martin Campbell will attend the New Zealand premiere at SkyCity Cinemas in Newmarket, Auckland on Thursday 30th November 2006. Daniel Craig and Caterina Murino will be the stars of the show at the Australian premiere in Sydney on Monday 4th December 2006. Martin Campbell and producer Barbara Broccoli will also attend. The film opens nationwide in Australia and New Zealand from Thursday 7th December 2006.

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