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Bond star used in tourism drive

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Daniel Craig is not the first James Bond with links to north Wales

James Bond actor Daniel Craig has been licensed to appear on a tourism website of cultural "giants" in north Wales.

While he may play the quintessential English spy, the Quantum of Solace star's grandfather was from Flintshire.

The Tourism Partnership North Wales said Olwyn Williams was a pub landlord from Gronant, which they believe qualifies Craig for the website.

The partnership is also investigating claims Craig's other grandparents have links with Llandudno and Colwyn Bay.

The organisation helps run a "movie map" which hopes to encourage tourists to visit areas in Wales where famous films have been made.

Marketing and events executive Carole Startin said: "Daniel Craig would qualify for the movie map if he ever makes a film here in Wales.

"But he already definitely qualifies for the giants web page because of his grandfather's links with Gronant and he will be added to that in the next few days."

Craig will feature in the website's "Did You Know" section, which currently includes snippets such as: "Abraham Lincoln's mother hailed from Ysbty Ifan, her maiden name being Morris."

It also boasts how: "Tom Cruise's real surname is Mapother. His geat-great grandfather, Dylan Henry Mapother emigrated from Flint to USA in 1850."

However, Craig will not be the first "Welsh" Bond on the site.

Timothy Dalton, who played 007 twice in the late 1980s, in The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill, is also mentioned because he was born in Colwyn Bay.

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