The BAFTA film awards kicked off with a special tribute to the Bond film franchise to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

The ceremony was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London and the ceremony began with a collage of clips from across the 007 films.

Shirley Bassey then gave a dazzling performance of her classic track Diamonds Are Forever while dressed in a diamond-embellished silver dress with a flowing cape.

Host Rebel Wilson then took to the stage and in her opening monologue quipped she would be taking over from Daniel Craig as the next James Bond.

The Australian actress told the BAFTA audience: "Hold on to your martinis because the Broccolis have let me announce it here and now, this is a scoop, I'm proud to announce that the new James Bond will be me! Oh my god, yes!

"I don’t want people going crazy because there will be a female James Bond, it’s not going to change things that much."

She added: "Here’s my pitch for the new Bond film – Bond goes to Australia and it can be called Die And G’day.

"And because of the gender pay gap I actually won’t be 007, I’ll be 004.5″

The latest instalment of the spy franchise, No Time To Die picked up the BAFTA for Best Editing while Lashana Lynch, who starred alongside Daniel Craig was awarded the EE Rising Star the only BAFTA prize voted for by the public.

Collecting the trophy from last year's winner Bukky Bakray, Lynch said: "Queen tings, which it is."

She added: "I’m grateful for a working-class foundation that has taught me everything I need to know about failure, about noes and what noes mean and how to celebrate your yeses."

She continued: "I would like to thank the women of this country who taught me what it is to be in this industry as a dark-skinned woman. I thank you for laying the foundation for people like me."

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