Earlier this week it was announced that Daniel Craig has been appointed Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards by the United Nations.
“Along with movie goers worldwide, I have been on the edge of my seat watching Mr Craig, as James Bond, defuse ticking time-bombs with seconds to spare”, joked UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joked, demonstrating a lack of familiarity with Daniel Craig’s Bond films.
Craig will hold the position for three years with the aim of raising awareness about the danger of unexploded land mines and other explosive hazards left behind to kill civilians potentially decades after fighting has ceased.
He first became aware of the issue while filming in an area of Cambodia, saying “I think that’s what stuck me most – the fear that any type of unexploded ordnance is just littered around after conflict and what that does to a local population. It stops them being normal, it stops them having a normal life, getting on and rebuilding.”