Daniel Craig receives the same royal award as his famous character James Bond
Daniel Craig received a Medal of Honor at Windsor Castle on Tuesday, bringing him closer to his most iconic character, James Bond.
He was awarded the Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George for his many contributions to the arts, including his film and stage work.
In addition to playing Bond from 2006 to 2021, Craig also starred in films like ‘Knives Out’, ‘The Adventures of Tin Tin’ and ‘Road to Perdition’, as well as on stage in ‘Macbeth’ and ‘A Steady Rain’. « . . »
Princess Anne presented Craig with the medal symbolizing her honor at the first joint investiture ceremony since the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September. Investiture ceremonies are a tradition in which members of the Royal Family present medals to those chosen to be honored that year.
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The Royal Family’s official Twitter account posted a photo of him at the ceremony, captioning the photo using one of Bond’s most famous phrases, writing, « We’ve been waiting for you. »
Craig is set to make his first non-Bond movie appearance — after 2021’s « No Time to Die » — with « Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. » The sequel to the 2019 murder mystery film, « Knives Out, » premieres on Netflix in November.
« Glass Onion » is the first of two « Knives Out » sequels to premiere on Netflix, in which Craig plays Detective Benoit Blanc. In each film, Blanc is tasked with solving a different murder, which is not always committed by whom everyone assumes.
This isn’t Craig’s first connection to the royal family. In 2012 Craig starred in a commercial for the London Summer Olympics as James Bond, starring the Queen, in which Bond was hired to escort the monarch to the Olympic arena and ending with the queen jumping from a helicopter to enter the arena from above.
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The Queen’s former aide, Angela Kelly, published a book in 2019, ‘The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe’, in which she discussed the Queen’s reaction to the sketch when she was first approached to take part in it, sharing the Queen was very interested and « amused by the idea », wanting a larger role than originally presented.
« I then asked if she would like to have a speech, » Kelly recalled in her book. « Without hesitation, Her Majesty replied, ‘Of course I have to say something. After all, he is coming to rescue me.' »
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The Queen was known for her witty sense of humor, often cracking jokes and making those around her laugh. In this case, the Queen did not let her family know that she was taking part in the announcement, letting her appearance come as a surprise to them and enjoying seeing them react.
Craig first received the Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George from Queen Elizabeth II in January, a way of honoring his role as a legendary spy, as the character also received the same honor in movies.