James Bond: Daniel Craig says film is ‘bigger and better’
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He may be waving goodbye to James Bond, but Daniel Craig, 53, will forever be remembered as the longest running actor to play the fictional MI6 spy. And for his services as 007, and acting in general, he has now been honoured with a Hollywood Walk of Fame in California.
It’s an absolute honour to be walked all over in Hollywood
With the launch of his last ever Bond film No Time To Die, premiering last week, he became the 2,704th celebrity to be awarded the honour.
His plaque was unveiled in a night time ceremony, which was streamed live on YouTube, outside 7007 Hollywood Boulevard; a touching tribute to the character’s infamous code number.
It was placed in a fitting spot too, just yards away from his Bond predecessor, Sir Roger Moore.
Craig, who has played 007 since 2006, said it was an “absolute honour to be walked all over in Hollywood”.
The 53-year-old was introduced by Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, along with his co-star in the latest film, Rami Malek.
Craig donned a suave James Bond esque light grey suit with a black tie and shiny black dress shoes.
Wilson spoke of how charitable the actor is, adding he is “more than qualified” for the esteemed accolade.
He added: “This star on Hollywood Boulevard is a fitting cap to your amazing run as Bond.”
Before his star was unveiled, Craig gave his thanks to his colleagues: “To Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, I thank you from the depth of my heart, without you I would not be here today – thank you for those lovely words.
“Thank you to Rami for those beautiful, beautiful words.
“I never thought I would hear myself say this, but it’s an absolute honour to be walked all over in Hollywood.”
No Time To Die had been subject to repeated delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, but won critical praise and broke Bond film records by earning the highest opening weekend takings in the UK.
Speaking more on his honour, Craig added: “If happiness was measured by the company we keep, then me being on this pavement surrounded by all of these legends makes me a very, very, very happy man
“So thank you very much.”
Malek, who plays supervillain Safin in the latest Bond adventure, also praised his colleague for his giving nature and his talent, while telling the crowd humorous stories from the set.
“We all know he’s a superb actor, he’s dedicated, he can handle all his own stunts with one hand tied behind his back and the other holding a Negroni,” Malek beamed.
“But he’s as fastidious about his craft as he is about his empathy for everyone around him.
“He has this ability to hold these two potentially opposing things at the same time – an incredible amount of talent and responsibility and an incredible warmth and acute awareness of what those around him need.”
“It’s a privilege to work with him, to watch him, and especially impactful to play opposite his most iconic James Bond in his last venture.”
Craig had confirmed long before the production of the 25th film in the Bond franchise that it will be his last, after having starred in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre and now No Time To Die.
Rumours of the next Bond are still rife, with the top six actors currently in the running for 007 named as Lashana Lynch, who clashes with the shared 007 title in the new film, Tom Hardy, Idris Elba, Henry Cavill, Regé-Jean Page and Tom Hiddleston, but no decision or announcement has been made as of yet.
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