James Bond actor Daniel Craig gets New Year Honour for spies
In the UK's annual New Year Honours List, Daniel Craig, the actor who plays fictional agent James Bond in films, was named a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George
Daniel Craig, the actor who plays the fictional spy James Bond in films, has been made a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG) in the UK's annual New Year Honours List.
The honour, usually conferred upon real-life spies and diplomats, is also bestowed upon author Ian Fleming's 007 fictional character in his books. Craig (53), who's from Chester in England, has been recognized for services to film and theatre.
His CMG comes soon after the release of the final instalment of his Bond film, No Time To Die, which became one of last year's highest-grossing films at the box office. Craig had already announced his retirement as the world's most famous secret agent after starring in five Bond films.
The CMG order of chivalry was founded in 1818 and its holders are appointed by the monarch and holders can wear it suspended on a ribbon around their neck on formal occasions. Queen Elizabeth II had famously met Craig when they filmed a surprise segment for the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony at Buckingham Palace, which involved Bond escorting the 95-year-old monarch.
The producers of the Bond films, Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson, are also recognized in the New Year Honours list for their contribution to film and drama, with both being made Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBEs). (Agencies)