He’s returning for one more James Bond movie next year and with filming set for December Craig looks like he’s already in preparation.
While 007 is supposed to be an MI6 spy, the 50-year-old actor has visited his characters’ American equivalent agency in Langley, Virginia.
Home to his colleague Felix Leiter in the books and films, the Central Intelligence Agency have revealed Craig visited to learn what it’s like to be a real-life Intelligence Officer.
The trip was in association with Reel vs. Real, an event to “demystify the CIA’s mission by comparing what’s seen on [film and] TV to what happens in reality.”
In a news post, the CIA wrote on their official website: “Why have an international movie star and filmmaker visit the CIA? Because the CIA does not exist in a vacuum.
“The Agency is held accountable by Congress and scrutinized by the American people.
“While secrets must be kept and the clandestine nature of the CIA’s work held sacred, the CIA works, where appropriate, with the film industry to combat misrepresentations and assist in balanced and accurate portrayals.
“Visits such as this and the recent Reel vs. Real event at UCLA open the door to engaging with the public to humanize the workforce and demonstrate the many ways CIA’s work enhances national security.”
And here’s specifically what Craig learned during his visit.
They continued: “Mr. Craig met with our leadership and workforce,who explained that real life espionage is a lot more ‘cloak’ and a lot less ‘dagger’ than presented in the entertainment world of spy vs. spy.
“During conversations with CIA subject matter experts, Mr. Craig learned about the many facets of intelligence collection and how our five directorates work together to advance CIA’s mission.
“Later, during an engagement with the Agency workforce, Mr. Craig remarked about the teamwork that goes into the intelligence cycle and how impressed he was with the commitment and dedication of CIA officers.”
Sir Alex Younger, whose codename is C for chief, said in 2016: “[Bond’s] stereotype really couldn’t be further from the truth.”
“In contrast to James Bond, MI6 officers are not for taking moral shortcuts. In fact, a strong ethical core is one of the first qualities we look for in our staff. It’s safe to say that James Bond wouldn’t get through our recruitment process.
“Whilst we share his qualities of patriotism, energy and tenacity, an intelligence officer in the real MI6 has a high degree of emotional intelligence, values teamwork and always has respect for the law…unlike Mr Bond!”
James Bond 25 will be released in UK cinemas on October 26, 2019.