Actor Daniel Craig, who plays the fictional spy James Bond in the movies, has been inducted into the UK’s New Year’s Honors List as Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG).
The honor bestowed on real-life spies and diplomats is usually bestowed on author Ian Fleming’s fictional character 007 in his books.
Craig, 53, from Chester, England, has been recognized for his services to film and drama.
Soon after the release of the last installment of his Bond films, his CMG – No Time to Die – became one of the highest grossing films at the box office last year. After starring in five Bond films, Craig announced his retirement as the world’s most famous secret agent.
The CMG Order of Chivalry was established in 1818, and its owners are appointed by the King, who can be suspended by a ribbon around the neck on formal occasions.
While filming a surprise segment for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics at Buckingham Palace, Elizabeth meets Queen Craig, in which Bond escorts the 95-year-old King.
Bond filmmakers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson have also been recognized in the New Year’s Honors list released on Friday for their contributions to film and drama. .
Other British actors on this year’s list include Jonah Lumley and Vanessa Redgrave, who were chosen as Dams for Drama, Entertainment and Charity, and British Indian actor Nitin Ganatra became an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).