The Queen broke with the tradition of giving Bond actor Daniel Craig an honor usually reserved for real diplomats or spies

Daniel Craig in a pink velvet jacket

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  • Daniel Craig was made part of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George by the Queen.

  • The award was announced as part of the Queen’s annual New Year’s honors list.

  • It’s the same honor James Bond received in Ian Fleming’s books, but is an unusual award for an actor.

The Queen broke with tradition by awarding a prize to Daniel Craig, usually reserved for diplomats or spies, as his persona on screen James Bond.

Craig received the Saint Michael and Saint George Order (CMG) for “services for film and theater” after portraying the fictional spy in five films.

The award was part of the Queen’s annual New Year’s list of honors announced Friday.

CMG prizes are usually awarded for service in a foreign country “for example, the work of foreign service officers and diplomats,” according to the royal family’s official website.

Craig’s award is a moment in full circle for Bond, who was fictitiously awarded the honor in 1954, and a mention of this in Bond’s obituary in Fleming’s book “You Only Live Twice.

Bond filmmakers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli were also awarded CBEs (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for services for film, drama, philanthropy and skills.

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