Daniel Craig, The actor who plays the fictional spy James Bond in the movies, has been named Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG) on the UK’s annual New Year’s Honors List.
Respect for real-life spies and diplomats in general is also given to author Ian Fleming’s fictional character 007 in his books.
Craig, 53, of Chester, England, is recognized for his services to film and theater.
His CMG comes shortly after the release of the last installment of his Bond films, No Time to Die, which became one of the highest grossing films at the box office last year. Craig has announced his retirement as the world’s most famous secret agent after starring in five Bond films.
The CMG Order of Shivalry was established in 1818 and its holders were appointed by the emperor and holders could be worn with a ribbon suspended around their necks for formal occasions.
Queen Elizabeth II met Craig while filming the surprise episode for the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony at Buckingham Palace, in which Bond was escorting the 95-year-old emperor.
Bond filmmakers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson were also named in a list of New Year’s honors released on Friday for their contribution to the field of film and drama, both commanding the Order of the British Empire (CBEs).
However this honor was not enjoyed by some. Some took to Twitter to share their reaction to the honor bestowed on the James Bond actor.
“The Queen violates the tradition of giving Daniel Craig’s generally respected respect for real life spies,” one user posted, while another wrote, “So, did Daniel Craig’s win the CBE Award? Hundreds of opportunities to earn millions of pounds and more? -Workers cannot afford food and rent.
Movies affect lives … proven many times over … for now #JamesBond The queen must also violate tradition … provides # Daniel Craig The award is reserved for diplomats for exemplary non-military work !!!
⁇ @ 007 pic.twitter.com/ZFSkampRjc
– Girish Johar (girishjohar) January 2, 2022
Okay, now that Joanna Lamley Dam and Daniel Craig are CMG, can you please make Timothy Dalton a CBE or a knight? That means he has been acting for almost 60 years! pic.twitter.com/kOx7W1we8T
– Gabriele 🔫 (@noir_or_never) January 1, 2022
Daniel Craig is awarded the Rare Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG), a title usually bestowed on top spies and diplomats at the Queen’s New Year’s Honors. Enku, who retired in Skyfall, has the same honor.
– MI6 HQ (amesjamesbondlive) December 26, 2021
Other British actors on the list this year include Joanna Lumley and Vanessa Redgrave, who have become dams for their services to drama, entertainment and charity, while British Indian actor Nitin Ganatra has become an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
(With inputs from PTI)