Daniel Craig now holds the same royal honour as his most famous screen character.
On Tuesday, Oct. 18, the former 007 star paid a visit to Windsor Castle, where Princess Anne made him a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George — the same award that James Bond received from the Queen, as mentioned in Ian Fleming’s Bond novels From Russia with Love and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
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A photo of the Princess Royal placing the medal on Craig’s neck was shared via Twitter, with the caption featuring a cheeky nod to the Bond films by referencing the oft-used line “We’ve been expecting you…”
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
Craig was named to the Order of St. Michael and St. George in January as part of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s annual New Year’s honours list.
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Interestingly, this isn’t the only honour that Craig shares with 007. As a September 2021 press release announced, he was made an honourary officer of the Royal Navy; Bond is a commander in the Royal Navy.