Breaking tradition, British Monarch bestows Daniel Craig with CMG honour meant for real-life spies

Daniel Craig has played five James Bond movies in his illustrious career

Daniel Craig, the James Bond actor who charmed the current generation of 007 fans, has earned yet another feather in his cap. The Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG) has been bestowed on the actor, and the honour comes as a glowing testimony of the actor’s contributions.

Significantly, this honour that has been bestowed on Daniel Craig is usually conferred upon real-life spies and diplomats. Craig receiving this laurel, breaks tradition, and speaks volumes about how Ian Fleming’s iconic spy has become part of the British consciousness.

Daniel Craig gets laurel soon after his last Bond outing

The Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George has come calling for Daniel Craig soon after the last iteration of his illustrious Bond makeover. The 53-year-old actor’s latest Bond movie, and his last one as 007, had been among the top grossers of 2021. Craig has played the secret agent in five Bond films and has been applauded every time.

The honour being conferred on Craig has, however, evoked mixed response. While there are many who have applauded the development, there also have been voices that ridiculed it, saying that the authorities were confusing fact with fiction and that “the whole thing is a bloody joke and this just makes it even more of a bloody joke”.

Laurel conferred by the British monarch

If you go back in time looking for the origin of the Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George, it would come to light that the order of chivalry was established way back in 1818.

The laurel is conferred on individuals by the British monarch. The honour allows the persons, who are bestowed with it, to wear it suspended on a ribbon around their neck on formal occasions.

Not just Craig, Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson, the producers of the Bond films, were also honoured in for their contribution to film and drama. Both of them have been made Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBEs).

Daniel Craig’s new honour comes as a huge recognition for the actor. Recognised as the Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George is no simple prize, it means a lot and has made Craig earn a place in the company of greats.

Sanjeev Ramachandran

A journalist with 23 years of experience, Sanjeev has worked with reputed media houses such as Business Standard, The Ne More »
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