Actor Daniel Craig has been named honorary commander of the Royal Navy, earning the same rank as his on-screen character, James Bond, the Department of Defense announced on Thursday.
The appointment was announced a week before the UK theatrical release of “Dying Can Wait”, a new installment in the adventures of the famous secret agent, and the fifth and final film by Daniel Craig as 007.
“Daniel Craig is well known for having been Commander Bond for the past 15 years – a naval officer who provides security for Britain on missions around the world,” said Admiral Tony Radakin. “This is what the real Royal Navy does every day, using technology and skills in the same way as Bond himself.”
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The 53-year-old British actor said he felt “privileged” and “honored” by the appointment.
A sort of Royal Navy ambassadors, honorary officers help promote the British Navy and its role in the world.
Prior to the presentation of the honor, the actor met Commander Frances Bond, who works at Royal Navy Headquarters in Portsmouth, southern England.
“Colleagues gave me a lot of fun about being the real Bond, but I never imagined that I would one day meet the actor who played it,” noted Frances Bond.
During the production of the last installment of the 007 franchise, which premieres Tuesday in London, the filmmakers worked closely with the Royal Navy and the Department of Defense.
The HMS Dragon warship appears in the film as well as the Type 45 counter-tanker, with its red dragon emblem on the hull, which can be seen slicing through the waves in the latest trailer.
The release of the next James Bond, initially scheduled for March 2020, has been postponed several times and postponed for a total of 18 months, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.