James Bond actor Daniel Craig has been made an honorary commander in the Royal Navy of Britain, matching the rank he played as James Bond in the fictional film, on Thursday.
The honour came when the 53-year old is set to release his final film as Bond No Time To Die in London next Tuesday.
Britain’s highest-ranking naval officer, First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin said that he was “delighted” to give the honour to the actor, who has played 007 since 2006.
“Daniel Craig is well known for being Commander Bond for the last 15 years, a naval officer who keeps Britain safe through missions across the globe,” he added.
“That’s what the real Royal Navy does every day, using technology and skill the same way as Bond himself.”
Craig said he was “truly privileged and honoured” to join the oldest service in the British armed forces, and that he would utilise the role to support personnel and their families.
Before receiving the award, he met Lieutenant Commander Frances Bond, who works at the Royal Navy’s headquarters in Portsmouth, on England’s south coast.
The commander said, “I’ve had my fair share of lighthearted banter from colleagues over being a real-life Bond but I never imagined I would actually one day get to meet the actor who played him.”
The Royal Navy and the ministry of defence worked with the makers of No Time To Die, and the Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon features in the film’s trailer.
The Royal Air Force was also involved, with RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, southern England, masquerading as a Nato airbase in the film.
Members of the Household Cavalry regiment, normally seen at the Changing of the Guard at Queen Elizabeth’s Buckingham Palace London residence, supplied troops.