On Thursday, “James Bond” actor Daniel Craig was made an honorary Commander in the British Royal Navy ahead of the premiere of his fifth and final outing as 007 in “No Time to Die”.
The actor’s rank is the same as that of the fictional superspy he plays on screen.
Honorary naval officers in Britain are public ambassadors for the armed forces. They bring a breadth of experience and contribute in their own distinct way to strengthen the navy’s ties with the communities it serves.
In a statement, Britain’s highest-ranking naval officer, First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin, stated that he was delighted to give the honor to the actor, who played 007 since 2006.
“Daniel Craig is well known for being Commander Bond for the last 15 years, a naval officer who keeps Britain safe through missions across the globe. That is what the real Royal Navy does every day, using technology and skill the same way as Bond himself.” he added.
Craig stated that he was truly privileged and honored to join the oldest service in the British armed forces and noted that he would use the role to support personnel and their families.
The Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defence worked in the production of the latest installment in the franchise.
Warship HMS Dragon featured a sneak preview to the Type 45 destroyer, with its red dragon emblem on the hull, seen in the latest trailer.
The Royal Air Force was also involved with RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, southern England, masquerading as a NATO airbase in the movie.
Meanwhile, members of the Household Cavalry regiment, normally seen at the Changing of the Guard at Queen Elizabeth II’s Buckingham Palace London residence, supplied troops.
“No Time to Die” will receive its world premiere in London on September 28th. It will be released in the U.K. on September 30 and in the U.S. on October 8.