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James Bond shows a wild streak to voice BBC nature movie

By Ian Burrell

It will be hard to fill the mighty planet-traversing shoes of Sir David Attenborough, Britain's greatest broadcasting naturalist.

But the BBC has found an alternative to his voice in Daniel Craig, the actor better known to cinema-goers as James Bond.

Craig has been chosen to spearhead an attempt by the BBC to use natural history to generate millions of pounds from international film audiences and ease acute funding problems.

In his first venture into film narration, he will feature in One Life, a film that uses footage from the acclaimed BBC series Life, which has been hosted by Sir David since it first appeared as Life On Earth in 1979. Craig said he was “very proud” to be part of the project.

“The BBC Natural History Unit have proven, year after year, that their documentary skills are second to none,” he said. “For the film-makers who spend their entire lives recording beautiful images of dwindling wildlife, I have only a sense of awe and a deep rooted respect.”

The film is one of three movies by BBC Earth taking the corporation's natural history expertise into cinemas.

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SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH is considered Britain’s greatest naturalist. His career as the respected face and voice of natural history programmes has endured for more than 50 years

DANIEL CRAIG is an English actor best know for his performances in James Bond films. He made his debut as the character in the 2006 film, Casino Royale.

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