Daniel Craig’s ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Cameo Revealed
Earlier this year, Simon Pegg accidentally let it slip that Daniel Craig — Bond, James Bond himself — would be making an appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. When asked about his own cameo, Pegg replied, “I wasn’t a Stormtrooper. Daniel Craig, he was a Stormtrooper,” before very quickly adding, “I shouldn’t have said that.” Craig would later shoot down the report saying, “Why would I ever bother doing something like that?” but it turns out, it was all true and we can tell you where to find 007.
SPOILERS AHEAD FOR STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
Both Spectre and Star Wars: The Force Awakens were filming around the same time, both at Pinewood Studios in London. As the story goes, Craig visited the set and wanted to make an appearance in the film without anyone knowing it was him. So he briefly hopped in a stormtrooper outfit and shot a quick scene and this is where to find him.
Later in the movie as Rey has been taken captive by Kylo Ren and held prisoner on his ship, there’s a stormtrooper guarding her when Ren leaves the room. As Rey begins to feel the power of the Force growing inside her, she resorts to the old Star Wars move of the Jedi Mind Trick. Rey tells the stormtrooper, “You will remove these restraints and leave this cell with the door open.” It doesn’t quite work right away and the stormtrooper responds, “I’ll tighten those restraints, scavenger scum!” Eventually Rey is able to convince him to not only free her, but to leave his weapon on the ground for her. The stormtrooper in that scene was none other than Daniel Craig.
Craig told Entertainment Weekly in July that the news, started by Pegg, was false. “Talk to Simon Pegg. He obviously knows way more than I do. He’s just jealous because he’s not in Star Wars. He’s got some issue with J.J. I don’t know what the f— it is. You need to talk to Simon about it.” Typical, cranky Daniel Craig. But, in this case, he was just trying to protect a secret.
With Craig and Pegg both making “secret” cameos in The Force Awakens, maybe it’s time to start wondering what other actors and underneath all those costumes.