The British actor, who is now 54 years old, was recently given the honor of Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George. This is the same title that James Bond, who the actor has played in multiple films beginning in 2006, holds.
We’ve been expecting you…
🎖️The Princess Royal presents Daniel Craig with The Order of St Michael and St George – the same honour held by his character James Bond – in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film and theatre. pic.twitter.com/X20TP6BogL
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) October 18, 2022
In a photo that was posted on Twitter by the royal family on Tuesday, Princess Anne of Great Britain was seen presenting Craig with the honor.
“We’ve been expecting you…” the photo’s caption cheekily began. “The Princess Royal presents Daniel Craig with The Order of St Michael and St George — the same honour held by his character James Bond — in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film and theatre.”
According to the website of the royal family, the Order of St. Michael and St. George was established in 1818, and its purpose is to “recognize service in a foreign country, or in relation to foreign and Commonwealth affairs.”
Over the course of 15 years and five films, Daniel Craig has portrayed James Bond, the adored fictional character created by Ian Fleming. These films include “Casino Royale” (2006), “Quantum of Solace” (2008), “Skyfall” (2012), “Spectre” (2015), and “No Time to Die” (2016). (2021).
The actor who plays James Bond has previously interacted with members of the royal family. He gave a memorable performance as James Bond in a skit with Queen Elizabeth II that was shown as part of the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics.
The late monarch gave his full cooperation for the sketch, and he greeted Daniel Craig at Buckingham Palace by saying, “Good evening, Mr. Bond.”
After that, the two individuals made their way through the ornate hallways of the palace while being accompanied by the queen’s well-known corgis. After that, the queen (or rather, a stunt double) jumped out of a helicopter and landed in the Olympic stadium.
During an interview in February on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Craig reflected on the queen’s “very funny” sense of humor, recalling a joke she cracked while they were working on the Olympics sketch.
“We were having our photograph taken, and she just went, ‘Oh no, he’s the one that doesn’t smile,’” he said.