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• The name is Craig, Commander Craig. The British Navy said Thursday that James Bond star Daniel Craig had been appointed honorary commander of the service, the same rank as that held by the fictitious secret agent. In the Ian Fleming spy thrillers that gave birth to the film franchise, Bond is a WWII Navy veteran working for the British Secret Service on a “license to kill”. Craig was made an honorary naval officer prior to the release of “No Time to Die”, his fifth and possibly last appearance as 007. Since the film series began in 1962 with “Dr. No”, the thrillers of Bond were well received – albeit unofficial and fanciful – from advertising to the British military and intelligence services. The British armed forces have authorized the use of bases and personnel to create “No Time to Die”. The First Sea Lord Adm. Tony Radakin, Chief of the Navy, said Craig “is well known for having been Commander Bond for the past 15 years – a naval officer who keeps Britain safe on missions around the world. ” https: // www. “This is what the real Royal Navy does every day, using technology and skills in the same way as Bond himself” , did he declare. Honorary naval officers act as service ambassadors. After 18 months of pandemic delay, “No Time to Die” opens September 30 in Great Britain and October 8 in the United States.

• Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile added another trophy to her bookshelf by winning the Artist of the Year award at the 2021 Americana Honors and Awards show, while country singer Sturgill Simpson added won the album of the year award for “Cuttin ‘Grass Vol. 1 – The Butcher Shoppe Sessions”, in which he recorded bluegrass versions of his songs. The annual awards show returned in person on Wednesday at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, after being canceled last year due to the pandemic. “To be Artist of the Year after a year like we’ve all had as a community, it carries weight and I know it’s deep,” Carlile said. “Because it was difficult to be an artist this year.” Carlile made the most of her pandemic year by publishing a memoir and working on a follow-up to her 2018 record “By the Way, I Forgive You”. This is her second Artist of the Year trophy, after winning in 2019. The multi-militant musical union from Washington has worked as a producer and screenwriter for the Grammy-winning comeback record of Tanya Tucker and as a member of The Highwomen. Carlile sat down at the piano to sing “Right on Time”, a song from her upcoming album “In These Silent Days”, and also performed with Maren Morris, Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby with special guest Yola. Carlile, along with Shires and Margo Price, also performed “I Remember Everything” by the late folk singer John Prine, which won the song of the year award. Prine died in 2020 from complications from covid-19.

Brandi Carlile attends the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Dolby Theater on Thursday, May 27, 2021 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Chris Pizzello)

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