James Bond Has a New U.N. Mission Before Spectre

By Gerald Lynch on at

He's faced off against Hollywood's parkour assassins and a bleach blonde droopy-mouthed Javier Bardem, but now 007 will be tackling a very real threat. Or at least James Bond actor Daniel Craig will be; he's just signed himself up to become the United Nation's first ever Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards.

Craig will use his star power to promote awareness of the horrors of land mines for the next three years, looking to see their usage in war torn lands diminish. The announcement was made at a ceremony lead by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as part of the 10th anniversary of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

“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,” said Ban Ki-moon .

“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.”

As well as acting as a familiar face with which to lead the campaign, Craig is expected to use his Hollywood clout to build political and financial support for the anti-mine drive. Plenty to do then before 007's next outing, Spectre, which hits cinemas on October 23rd, 2015.