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    Daniel Craig receives same honour as his iconic character James Bond in investiture ceremony with Princess Royal at Windsor Castle

    Daniel Craig was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George on Tuesday – the same honour held by his iconic big screen character James Bond.

    The actor, 54, received the honour from the Princess Royal in the investiture at Windsor Castle in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film and theatre.

    The Royal Family‘s official Twitter account shared a photo of Daniel receiving his honour, alongside the famous Bond movie line: ‘We’ve been expecting you.’ 

    Investiture: Daniel Craig was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George on Tuesday – the same honour held by his iconic big screen character James Bond

    Daniel starred in the most recent five Bond movies from 2006 before ending his reign in the 2021 movie No Time To Die.

    While in character as 007, he made a famous appearance alongside the Queen in a sketch to mark the opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

    Daniel has also appeared in Knives Out (2019) alongside Chris Evans, Ana de Armas and Jamie Lee Curtis, and will make a return in the film’s sequel due to premiere at the end of next month.

    The Order of St Michael and St George is the same gong the famous spy was bestowed in the novels by Ian Fleming. 

    Screen idol: Daniel starred in the most recent five Bond movies from 2006 before ending his reign in the 2021 movie No Time To Die

    In the book From Russia With Love, a spy chief states that 007 ‘was decorated with the CMG in 1953, an award usually given only on retirement from the Secret Service’. 

    Daniel is being awarded for his services to film and theatre- with the title usually only reserved for senior diplomats.

    The Order of St Michael and St George was founded in 1818  by the Prince Regent (later George IV,) following the Napoleonic Wars to recognise service by citizens in Malta and the Ionian Islands. 

    It was later changed to encompass all British citizens living or serving abroad and allow for greater recognition of services to foreign affairs. This is still at the heart of the Order today. 

    Before the release of his final Bond movie No Time To Die last year, Daniel was appointed an honorary Commander by the Royal Navy, another rank held by his character. 

    Pun: The Royal Family’s official Twitter account shared a photo of Daniel receiving his honour, alongside the famous Bond movie line: ‘We’ve been expecting you’

    Also receiving honours on Tuesday was film director, producer and screenwriter Paul Greengrass, who has directed several Hollywood blockbusters including three of the Bourne franchise films and Captain Phillips (2013). 

    In the world of sport, six-time world champion in triathlon Jonny Brownlee became an MBE, alongside two-time gold medal swimmer at Tokyo 2020 James Guy.

    The younger of the Brownlee brothers, Jonny is the only triathlete to have been awarded each of the three Olympic medals: a bronze at London 2012, silver at Rio 2016, and finally a gold at Tokyo 2020 as part of the mixed relay team.

    Also becoming an MBE for services to his sport was tennis coach and senior performance adviser for the Lawn Tennis Association Louis Cayer, who has worked extensively with men’s doubles players including Jamie Murray, as well as with Emma Raducanu.

    007: In the book From Russia With Love, a spy chief states that 007 ‘was decorated with the CMG in 1953, an award usually given only on retirement from the Secret Service’

    Meanwhile, street dancer and TV personality Ashley Banjo became an MBE for services to dance, after rising to fame following his dance troupe Diversity’s Britain’s Got Talent win in 2009 against Susan Boyle.

    Banjo has since appeared as presenter and judge on several prime-time television shows, including as a judge on ITV’s Dancing On Ice.

    Dame Emily Lawson was also recognised on Tuesday for services to the NHS, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, after heading up the vaccine rollout scheme in the UK

    Honoured: Also receiving honours on Tuesday are film director, producer and screenwriter Paul Greengrass, who has directed several Hollywood blockbusters

    Daniel Craig receives same honour as his iconic character James Bond

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