After more than a decade playing the world’s most famous secret agent, actor Daniel Craig now shares another thing with James Bond: the military rank of commander.
The British actor’s tenure in the coveted role has seen him fight shadowy organisations around the globe, drive a motorbike on to a moving train and compete in a high-stakes poker game in Casino Royale.
Now ahead of the premiere of his latest film No Time To Die, Craig has been made an honorary commander in the Royal Navy.
He is keen to support personnel within the Royal Navy, with a particular interest in service families.
Craig’s appointment to the rank – the same as that of his on-screen spy persona – reflects his personal support for UK armed forces and links it with the legacy created through the guise of the fictional British secret agent.
Navy warship HMS Dragon features in the movie, with the Type 45 destroyer’s red dragon emblem on the hull seen cutting through the waves in the latest trailer.
During production for No Time To Die, filmmakers worked closely with the Royal Navy and Ministry of Defence.
As well as HMS Dragon’s cameo, the RAF Brize Norton base in Oxfordshire was used as a backdrop in the film, standing in for a Nato airbase in Norway where Bond joins MI6 allies and later boards a C-17 Globemaster.
Meanwhile, the Army supplied troops from the Household Cavalry.
They offered their time at a pivotal moment in their calendar, just before the Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace.
First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Tony Radakin said:
The Royal Navy actually has a few real-life Bonds within its ranks, with Lieutenant Commander Frances Bond invited to meet Craig ahead of the launch of the new film.
Lt Cdr Bond, based in Portsmouth, said:
Picture by: LPhot Lee Blease
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