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James Bond star Daniel Craig gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star


Daniel Craig has capped the launch week of his final James Bond movie by becoming the 2,704th celebrity to be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in California.

It was unveiled outside 7007 Hollywood Boulevard in honour of the code number of the fictional British spy.

Sir Roger Moore, his predecessor as Bond, is just yards away.

Craig, who has played 007 since 2006, called it a “absolute honour” to be walked all over Hollywood.

Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli introduced him, along with his co-star in the latest 007 film No Time To Die, Rami Malek.

“To Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, without you I would not be here today – thank you for those lovely words,” Craig said before his star was unveiled. Thank you, Rami, for those lovely, lovely words.

“I never thought I’d hear myself say this, but being walked all over in Hollywood is an absolute honour.”

It comes after No Time To Die won critical praise and earned the highest opening weekend takings of any Bond movie in the UK – after repeated delays to its release date because of the coronavirus pandemic. The film opens in the US on Friday.

“If happiness is measured by the company we keep,” Craig said, “then being on this pavement with all of these legends makes me a very, very, very happy man.” So, once again, thank you very much.”

Malek, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Queen singer Freddy Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, plays supervillain Safin in the latest Bond adventure.

He praised Craig as an actor and a colleague during his speech at the ceremony.

“We all know he’s a fantastic actor, he’s dedicated, and he can handle all of his own stunts with one hand tied behind his back and the other holding a Negroni,” Malek said.

Stars on the Walk of Fame are awarded each year by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

“However, he is as conscientious about his craft as he is about his empathy for everyone around him.”

“He has this incredible ability to hold these two potentially opposing things at the same time – an incredible amount of talent and responsibility, as well as an incredible warmth and acute awareness of what those around him require.”

Anti-vaccine demonstrators also attended the ceremony to protest Los Angeles’ adoption of one of the strictest vaccine mandates in the United States.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce selects stars for the Walk of Fame from hundreds of applications each year.

Recipients must also pay a $50,000 sponsorship fee, which covers the creation and installation of their star, as well as the overall maintenance of the attraction.

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