James Bond actor Daniel Craig has accepted a real-life role to become the first United Nations Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards. The designation was given by the United Nations and was personally awarded to Agent 007 by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
James Bond supports UN’s visions of a world free from the remnants of war
“Along with moviegoers worldwide, I have been on the edge of my seat watching Mr. Craig, as James Bond, defuse ticking time-bombs with seconds to spare. I am even more excited that Mr. Craig has agreed to use his star power to draw attention to the noble causes of mine destruction and mine awareness,” the secretary general said during the designation ceremony.
“As 007, Mr. Craig had a ‘licence to kill.’ Today we are giving him a ‘licence to save,’” the UN chief said.
James Bond was nervous of the mission
Craig told the UN News Center that he was nervous about the mission and the responsibility it demands.
“I was nervous – I don’t mind admitting that – but I just can’t imagine what it was like for the parents of those children. I think that’s what struck me most, the fear of unexploded ordnance that’s just littered around after conflict. And what that does to a local population. It stops them being normal, having a normal life, getting on and rebuilding, and getting back their lives again,” Craig said.
Craig will begin his mission in 2016 with immersions to the affected regions.
“I don’t have a lot of experience in warzones and minefields. Hopefully I’ll get to visit somewhere this year where UNMAS are doing their incredible work and with that I’ll be able to get the message out there,” he said.
“IEDs [Improvised Explosive Devices] are one of the biggest problems, as well as unexploded ordnance. You know, it’s no longer just mines. There is a terrible clean-up that needs to happen after armed conflict. I think the world is aware of that but they need to be more aware.”
According to a previous report from UN, land mines have also disrupted the organizations’ peacekeeping operations and deliveries of humanitarian assistance.
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