Daniel Craig Awarded Same Honor as James Bond Counterpart

by Chris Haney

On Friday, it was announced that James Bond actor Daniel Craig will be honored with the same order of chivalry that his character 007 received.

Craig and others were named yesterday as part of the 2022 New Year’s Honours list. January 1 is marked in Great Britain by naming new members of orders of chivalry. Additionally, further recipients are announced for other official honors as well. Following the conclusion of his portrayal of James Bond, Daniel Craig has been revealed as a new member of the coveted list.

Specifically, Craig has been named a companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George. The 53-year-old actor will be honored for his services to film and theatre. The title typically is reserved for senior diplomats and spies. However, considerations are made for those that have important non-military service roles in foreign countries.

In fact, the Order was bestowed upon the famous Secret Service agent in Ian Fleming’s 007 novels as well. In Fleming’s fifth 007 book, 1957’s From Russia With Love, the author mentions Bond’s title. A spy chief in the book says that Bond “was decorated with the CMG in 1953, an award usually given only on retirement from the Secret Service.”

When No Time To Die released in October, it marked the final film in the series for Daniel Craig. Following his exit from the 007 franchise, the actor has been awarded with multiple honors. The No Time To Die crew worked closely with the Royal Navy while shooting the film. Before the movie released, the Royal Navy appointed Craig as an Honorary Commander, which is another rank held by his James Bond character.

“I am truly privileged and honored to be appointed the rank of Honorary Commander in the senior service,” Daniel Craig said at the time.

Daniel Craig Says ‘It Was Time to Finish’ with James Bond

Daniel Craig has been at the helm of the James Bond franchise for the last 15 years of his Hollywood career. The actor has portrayed the fictional British spy since 2006’s Casino Royale. He had mixed emotions as his time in the popular 007 role came to an end. While speaking to Good Morning America a few months ago, Craig opened up about the bittersweet farewell to his character.

“I think it will take me 15 years to unpack all of this,” Craig said to the GMA hosts. “It’s so crazy. Getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, that’s so surreal to me from where I come from in life. So, yeah I’m kind of just taking it all in.”

In addition, Craig mentioned how thankful he is to be involved with the iconic James Bond films. Yet he knew his time in the famous role had finally come to an end.

“To think back for a second of what was achieved and what these movies have meant to so many people. It’s such a big deal. But it’s time to finish. It’s done,” Daniel Craig shared.