In a handout picture recieved from the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) via Defence News Imagery on November 18, 2012 British actor Daniel Craig (L) is shown around by British soldiers during a visit to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand province on November 18, 2012. Daniel Craig surprised around 800 serving personnel at Camp Bastion when he visited as they were about to watch Skyfall, the latest James Bond film in which Craig stars. — Photo by AFP

LONDON: 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.

According to the Ministry of Defence, after giving a brief speech ahead of the screening, the 44-year-old actor was given a tour of the camp and met soldiers to see some of the training they underwent before being deployed to forward operating bases.

He also fired some of the machine guns used by British forces in Afghanistan and visited Bastion Role 3 Hospital which specialises in treating trauma patients.

“It was really good morale for everyone – it’s a decent thing for him to take time to come out and visit everyone here,” said Private Scott Craggs who serves as a medical technician.

“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 $669 million, surpassing the $599 million taken in by “Casino Royale” in 2006.

Craig has starred in the last three Bond movies.

Updated Nov 19, 2012 04:46am

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