English Actor, Daniel Craig is now an honorary commander in Britain’s Royal
Navy, matching his onscreen 007 persona, who holds the rank of commander.
“I am delighted to welcome honorary Commander Daniel Craig to the Royal Navy,”
First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, the head of the Royal Navy said in a news
“Daniel Craig is well known for being Commander Bond for the last 15 years — a naval
officer who keeps Britain safe through missions across the globe. That’s what the real
Royal Navy does every day, using technology and skill the same way as Bond himself.”
Craig wants to use his new military status — commander is the seventh-highest rank
in the Royal Navy — as a way to help UK military families, according to the
Craig is about to star as the British super-spy for the fifth time in “No Time to Die,”
which the UK military is also using to highlight some of its newest hardware.
HMS Dragon, a new Type 45 air defense destroyer, appears in the movie, the Defense
Ministry said. The Royal Navy’s website calls the 8,000-ton, 152-meter (500 feet)
warship one of the most advanced in the world.
In a June exercise off Scotland, HMS Dragon used its weapon systems to “smash an
incoming missile into a million pieces,” a Royal Navy release said.
“I cannot believe how lucky I am to be part of this; the flames were massive!” one of
the ship’s officers, Sub Lieutenant Ben Craddock, said in the statement.
That’s the kind of action you’d expect from a James Bond movie.
Other UK hardware, including C-17 Globemaster cargo jets like those that
participated in the recent international airlift out of Kabul, Afghanistan, is also
But the Royal Navy said the real attention, of course, is on Craig.
“Our honorary officers act as ambassadors and advocates for the service, sharing their
time and expertise to spread the message about what our global, modern, and ready
Royal Navy is doing around the world,” Radakin said.
Being part of one of history’s most successful box-office franchises won’t hurt spread
that message either.