James Bond star in surprise visit to Afghanistan
By Sajad - Mon Nov 19 2012, 12:08 pm
James Bond actor Daniel Craig surprised British troops in Afghanistan on Sunday by turning up at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province to introduce the latest 007 movie “Skyfall” as 800 soldiers sat down to watch it.
Britain’s Royalty and even the prime minister have paid visits or done duty in Afghanistan, but for troopers this one was indeed special.
During his tour of the camp, Craig witnessed some of the training given to troops before they are sent to forward operating bases.
According to the Ministry of Defence, the 44-year-old actor also got a chance to fire a couple of machine guns used by the British troops in Afghanistan and saw what kinds of trainings the soldiers need to undergo before being deployed to forward operating bases.
The visit came amid reports that Craig will become the highest-paid Bond actor after signing on for two more films.
The 44-year-old will be paid $48 million to star in two more titles of the 50-year-old franchise, The Sunday Times reports.
As Skyfall continues to prove itself a box office scorcher around the globe, plans are under way for a 2014 release of the next 007 instalment, followed in 2016 by Craig’s fifth turn in the tuxedo.
“Skyfall”, the 23rd official James Bond movie in the 50-year-old franchise, is now the highest-grossing instalment in the series with a global box office take of USD 669 million, surpassing the $599 million taken in by “Casino Royale” in 2006.