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Bond visits Bastion

Daniel Craig at Camp Bastion Photo: Ministry of Defence

Soldiers, sailors and airmen serving at Camp Bastion met 007 star Daniel Craig when he visited the base.

He surprised the 800 troops who were about to watch the latest Bond film, Skyfall.

After a brief introduction of the film to the enthusiastic audience, Chester-born Daniel was given a tour of the camp during which he had an opportunity to meet soldiers and see some of the training they do before they deploy to forward operating bases.

We get quite a lot of visitors here, but having James Bond was special. He seemed to be pretty comfortable in the driving seat!

– Force Master Driver Warrant Officer Class 1 Rob Ingham

Daniel then moved to the Heavy Weapons Range and was given the opportunity to fire some of the machine guns that UK forces use.

Daniel also met staff and patients at the world class Bastion Role 3 Hospital which is acknowledged to be a centre of excellence for trauma medicine.

“It was really good morale for everyone – it’s a decent thing for him to take time to come out and visit everyone here.”

– Combat Medical Technician Private Scott Craggs

His final stop was a practical demonstration of Counter Improvised Explosive Device searching techniques, where he was given the opportunity to use detectors to search for buried training devices. Daniel was taught the skills to find roadside bombs by the EOD and Search Task Force.