Daniel Craig, the actor who has played James Bond for the past 15 years, now holds the same rank in the Royal British Navy as his 007 on-screen counterpart: Commander.
This news comes by Sky News, who reports that Craig was awarded the honorary rank. It comes at a time when Craig’s time as Bond is coming to an end, with No Time To Die is his latest film 007.
“I am truly privileged and honored to be appointed to the rank of Honorary Commander in Superior Service,” said Craig.
As Sky News noted, this honorary rank comes as no surprise. For No Time To Die, the production team actually worked with the Royal Navy and the Department of Defense to make the film. The Royal Navy warship HMS Dragon is even featured in the film and seen in the latest No Time To Die trailer, as Sky News noted.
Admiral First Sea Lord, Sir Tony Radakin, said of Bond’s new rank that he was “delighted to welcome Honorary Commander Daniel Craig to the Royal Navy”.
“Daniel Craig is well known for having been Commander Bond for the past fifteen years – a naval officer who provides security for Britain on missions around the world,” Radakin said. “This is what the real Royal Navy does every day, using technology and skills in the same way Bond himself does. I can’t wait for him to see more of our Sailors and Marines over the course of the years. months and years to come. ”
No Time To Die hits theaters on October 8. Until then, find out how Craig wants studios to go beyond casting a female James Bond and then look Daniel Craig’s farewell speech to the No Time To Die team. Find out how No Time to Die will be the longest James Bond to date after that.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guidebook maker for IGN. You can follow it on Twitter @LeBlancWes.