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Daniel Craig: 'Tremendously Important' To Keep Military Connection In New 007 Film

The actor, who was recently made an honorary commander, spoke to the Navy ahead of the new Bond film 'No Time To Die'.

James Bond actor Daniel Craig has told the Royal Navy it was "tremendously important" to keep the connection between Bond and the Armed Forces in the upcoming 007 film.

It comes after the actor was made an honorary commander in the Royal Navy – matching the rank of his on-screen 007 character.

The Navy's very own Bond, Lieutenant Commander Frances Bond, interviewed the 007 actor and asked him how important the military context was to Bond's character in 'No Time To Die'.

Cdr Craig said the connection between James Bond and the Armed Forces goes back to Bond author Ian Fleming – who had wartime experience in naval Intelligence.

He added it was "always key" that James Bond's character was "still in that world".

"In a way, it was a bit difficult for him to get into a more civilian world and that struggle that he had to do that was kind of key for the character," Cdr Craig said.

"So it was tremendously important for me to keep that connection."

However, the Bond actor and author are not the only links to the military in the upcoming Bond film.

HMS Dragon is set to feature in 'No Time To Die’, while the RAF granted access to RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire – standing in for a NATO airbase in Norway where Bond joins allies and boards a C-17 Globemaster.

Meanwhile, the Army supplied troops from the Household Cavalry – offering their time just before the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.

Cary Joji Fukunaga, the director of 'No Time To Die, said it was "important as much as it was a privilege" to have Armed Forces personnel from across all three services appearing in the film.

"We weren't always expecting to get the… answer as 'yes' for some of the requests," he said.

"To get onto… HMS Dragon, for example, and shoot around that or to get up to the airfield up in Oxford and be able to get on to the C-17 on the base and... not only the access to it, but also the support of the units there, explaining how everything worked, procedure so that we could try and recreate an actual tactical operation with as much realism as possible, was a huge privilege and honour."