Daniel Craig given 'license to save' with new UN role

On the big screen as James Bond, Daniel Craig is used to a tough challenge. But now the actor will be taking on his toughest yet, after being given a "license to save" by the United Nations, becoming the first global advocate for the elimination of mines and explosive hazards.

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Daniel Craig accepts the position from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Daniel, 47, will now aim to raise awareness of the UN's Mine Action Service (UNMAS), and gain political and financial support for the cause.

"As 007, you have a licence to kill. Today, we are giving you a licence to save," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Daniel at the ceremony on Tuesday.

"I'm honoured to accept this role, I'm humbled that I will get the chance to work next to people who are risking their lives every day to help ordinary people live ordinary lives," Daniel revealed.

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Daniel also opened up about filming in Cambodia, and meeting children affected by land mines. "There were lots and lots of children around. And I know I was nervous – but I can’t imagine what it was like for the parents of those children.

"It stops them having a normal life, getting on and rebuilding, and getting back their lives again."

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The pair are shown mine equipment by an experiment

Mr Ban added: "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."

Daniel is one of a long list of A-list celebrities who have in the last few years become UN ambassadors. Angelina Jolie is the UN high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR), and both Leonardo DiCaprio and Emma Watson.

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