Daniel Craig, who has played the fictional spy James Bond in latest films in the franchise, has been made a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG) in the UK’s annual New Year Honours List. The honour, usually conferred upon real-life spies and diplomats, is also bestowed upon author Ian Fleming’s 007 fictional character in his books.
Craig, 53, who’s from Chester in England, has been recognised for services to film and theatre. His CMG comes soon after the release of the final instalment of his Bond films, No Time To Die, which became one of last year’s highest-grossing films at the box office. Craig had already announced his retirement as the world’s most famous secret agent after starring in five Bond films.
Craig being bestowed with the honour hasn’t gone down too well with some people, who have questioned whether the authorities were “confusing fact with fiction”. One fan tweeted that “the whole thing is a bloody joke and this just makes it even more of a bloody joke”.
Daniel Craig given an honour for playing James Bond! Aint that his job, to act and be paid a very large sum of money for doing it! These honours need scrapping or reforming.— NHS #JohnsonOut #FBPE #NUFC (@TheLittleWaster) January 1, 2022
Many Craig fans rejoiced that the actor received the same honour in real life that his character is conferred with in fiction.
Nice touch – Daniel Craig, who bowed out as James Bond, has been made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.It is the same honour that the fictional spy himself received, and which author Ian Fleming wrote was usually given “on retirement from the Secret Service”.— ed moses (@edmoses) January 1, 2022
The CMG order of chivalry was founded in 1818 and its holders are appointed by the monarch and holders can wear it suspended on a ribbon around their neck on formal occasions. Queen Elizabeth II had famously met Craig when they filmed a surprise segment for the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony at Buckingham Palace, which involved Bond escorting the 95-year-old monarch.
The producers of the Bond films, Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson, are also recognised in the New Year Honours list, released on Friday, for their contribution to film and drama, with both being made Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBEs). Other British actors on this year’s list include Joanna Lumley and Vanessa Redgrave, who have been made Dames for their services to drama, entertainment and charity, while British Indian actor Nitin Ganatra becomes an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).