Daniel Craig given the same royal honour as James Bond for ‘outstanding contribution’ to film

"We've been expecting you..."

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 19th October 2022

Daniel Craig has been awarded the same prestigious honour that one of his most iconic characters is also the proud recipient of.

The Chester-born actor has had an illustrious and celebrated career, having stared in five James Bond films since his debut as the character 2006, as well as appearing in several other critically-acclaimed films TV shows, and theatre productions – but this could be one of his most important and respected accolades to date.

The 54-year-old has been made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George by the Princess Royal during a ceremony at Windsor Castle this week.

And it’s the very same honour that the 007 character himself is known to hold.

The Royal Family took to social media yesterday to share a photo of the actor receiving the honour, with the iconic quote – “We’ve been expecting you…”


Craig has received the prestigious title in recognition of his “outstanding contribution” and services to film and theatre over the course of his 30-year career.

First stepping into the iconic role of secret agent James Bond back in 2006 with Casino Royale, Craig has subsequently appeared in the last five films in the franchise and has now ended his run with the latest instalment No Time To Die in 2021.


While in character as 007, Craig made a famous appearance alongside Queen Elizabeth II in a sketch for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Craig’s other famous film appearances include Layer Cake, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Munich, and The Golden Compass.

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He’s also appeared in productions of Othello, Macbeth, and more on stage.


One of his most-recent roles saw Craig star in whodunnit-style mystery film Knives Out in 2019, alongside Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Plummer, Chris Evans, and Ana de Armas, and he will make a return in the film’s sequel that’s due to hit Netflix later this month.

Featured Image – The Royal Family (via Twitter)