Daniel Craig‘s fictional honor has followed him into reality!
As a Hollywood veteran, the actor has starred in numerous movies, TV, and Broadway shows. However, he remains famously known for his exceptional portrayal of the fictional spy James Bond.
Although the 54-year-old has received many accolades for this role, the Cheshire native’s most prestigious award recently landed on his lap. Guess who got the honor first? Mr. 007 did.
The Late Queen Elizabeth II Paid Tribute To Daniel Craig With A Thoughtful Title
When Craig ended his reign as one of the most beloved Bond actors, the father-of-two may have believed his connection with the character had been severed. However, the pair’s story lives on.
Thanks to the British Royal Family, the world will not forget the ‘007 agent’ in the foreseeable future. On Tuesday, October 18, the Empire paid homage to the English actor by awarding him the same title his fictional character had in the movies.
They shared the exciting news on their official Twitter page, alongside a picture of the English actor receiving The Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George. In the image, the late monarch’s daughter, Princess Anne, bestowed the honor on the “Spectre” star, who received it with a humble smile.
For the ceremony, which was held at Windsor Castle, the 54-year-old copied his iconic character’s wardrobe by rocking formal attire. The Broadway star looked dapper in a navy blue suit while Princess Royal donned a traditional black jacket, knee-length skirt, stockings, and black shoes.
The royals’ social media account showrunner appears to be a big fan as the individual captioned the post with a phrase from the Bond movies. “We’ve been expecting you,” the caption partly read before explaining Craig’s appearance at the castle.
We’ve been expecting you…
🎖️The Princess Royal presents Daniel Craig with The Order of St Michael and St George – the same honour held by his character James Bond – in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film and theatre. pic.twitter.com/X20TP6BogL
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) October 18, 2022
As reported by PEOPLE, the late Queen Elizabeth II gave the Britannia Award winner the same honor as his fictional spy before her heartbreaking demise. The English actor made the monarch’s annual New Year’s honors list for his “outstanding contribution to film and theatre.”
Although he could not receive the title from the Queen, the “Knives Out” star can always reminisce about the time he starred alongside her majesty. For the 2012 Olympics in London, Craig joined forces with the deceased for the opening ceremony.
The pair performed in a pre-taped clip, where the entertainer was summoned to Buckingham Palace for a special mission. The Cheshire native had to escort the monarch to the Olympics venue, which the duo entered by parachuting off a helicopter.
Naturally, the action scenes were played by stunt doubles. Surprisingly, director Danny Boyle did not have to beg for the Queen’s participation. Angela Kelly, her majesty’s assistant, revealed in her 2019 book “The Other Side of the Coin,” that the longest-running ruler was “very amused by the idea and agreed immediately.”
It seems the late royal also had a fond place in her heart for the Bond actor. The “Glass Onion” star made his debut as the ‘007 agent’ in 2006 before ending the franchise in 2021’s “No Time To Die.”
At the same time as his final Bond appearance, the 54-year-old was named an honorary officer of the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy. Marking the first time, he achieved the same title as his character, who serves as a Royal Navy commander in the series.
The BAFTA Nominee Almost Left The Bond Franchise After Repeated Injuries
Earlier this year, The Blast reported that Craig planned on leaving the Bond series. His departure nearly occurred before completing his 14-year reign as the longest actor to play the fictional character.
After years of kicking ass and destroying criminal organizations, the 54-year-old announced his desire to resign during the release of “Spectre.” The English actor admitted that the role took a nasty toll on his health.
The Hollywood veteran noted that he did not mind the recovery process; however, being stuck in the cycle of injury and recovery bothered him. Prioritizing his health, the father-of-two vowed never to return.
Nonetheless, producers did not want to lose their favorite star and worked tirelessly on convincing Craig to return for a final movie. The entertainer eventually conceded and agreed to let stunt actors perform all the dangerous stunts in “No Time To Die.”