Sam Mendes praises "bravery and brilliance" of Daniel Craig as Skyfall wins Outstanding British Film at the BAFTAs
Director also paid tribute to "the great" Ian Fleming, who created James Bond
Skyfall picked up another accolade tonight, being named Outstanding British Film of the year at the BAFTA awards.
The movie, the third starring Daniel Craig as the suave spy, is already the highest-grossing film of all time at the UK box office.
The Bafta award was presented by Bradley Cooper and Ben Affleck.
Skyfall director Sam Mendes paid tribute to the "bravery and brilliance" of Craig and "the great" Ian Fleming, who created James Bond.
Some of the biggest names in Hollywood braved the wind, rain and sleet to meet fans on the red carpet at the Baftas.
Stars including Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence and Eddie Redmayne stopped to sign autographs and pose for pictures outside the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden.
Among the celebrities at tonight's EE British Academy Film Awards were Hobbit star Martin Freeman, Alicia Vikander and Tom Hiddleston.
Also on the red carpet were Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Chastain, George Clooney and Dame Helen Mirren - the latter sporting dyed pink hair.
Host Stephen Fry introduced the show which started with a performance by Paloma Faith of the INXS hit Never Tear Us Apart.