Chester-born actor Daniel Craig may be best known for playing quintessentially British hero James Bond but it turns out Bond is backing Europe.
Craig, who was born in Liverpool Road, is the latest celebrity to nail their colours to the mast before tomorrow’s (June 23) in-out EU referendum.
New York-based Craig was pictured wearing a t-shirt reading ‘No man is an island. No country by itself. Vote Remain on 23rd June’ on the Twitter account of Stronger In, the official campaign group for Remain.
Turner Prize-winning artist Wolfgang Tillmans, a Remain campaigner whose design appears on the t-shirt, said on his Instagram account that Craig had sent him the picture.
The caption accompanying the tweet featuring Craig reads: “Becks, Barnes, Bear Grylls, Bobby George and now...Bond #StrongerIN.”
The film star’s public support for Remain comes after former England captain David Beckham announced he would be voting to stay in the EU, saying ‘together as a people we are strong’.
In a statement posted on Facebook, Beckham said he was ‘privileged’ to play and live in European cities where he and his family were welcomed.
And he said that while Manchester United was a team of great young British players, it was ‘a better and more successful team’ because of the Danish goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, Irish captain Roy Keane and France’s Eric Cantona.
His old teammate Rio Ferdinand and ex-Liverpool FC striker John Barnes followed Beckham’s lead to make it a hat-trick of former footballers backing In.
But not all celebrities and sporting figures back Remain.
England cricket legend Sir Ian Botham branded the European Union a ‘racket’ in April when he urged Britons to ‘reclaim our basic sovereignty’.
Veteran movie star Sir Michael Caine was praised by UKIP leader Nigel Farage when he attacked Brussels’ ‘faceless civil servants’.
Businessman Duncan Bannatyne, of Dragons Den fame, used his Twitter account to urge a Leave vote, arguing the UK would be ‘better off out’.
Former footballer Sol Campbell, who played for Arsenal and England, said he backs Brexit because freedom of movement means young British players are ‘crowded out’.
Downtown Abbey creator and Tory peer Julian Fellowes has called for Britain to sever its ties with the ‘anti-democratic’ EU.