Daniel Craig to appear as James Bond in one-off Comic Relief sketch

Top secret sketch will be shown during the BBC's Red Nose Day coverage on March 13

Daniel Craig is to appear as James Bond in a “special one-off sketch” for Comic Relief.

The 007-themed sketch will be shown on March 13 during Face The Funny, Comic Relief’s first Red Nose Day show to be broadcast live from the London Palladium. Further details about Craig’s charity skit are being kept top secret.

Other sketches set to feature during the BBC’s coverage of Red Nose Day 2015 include Rowan Atkinson’s return as Mr Bean, a new mini-instalment of The Vicar Of Dibley starring Dawn French and a special Little Britain skit in which David Walliams’ well-meaning carer Lou is paired not with Matt Lucas’s fake wheelchair user Andy, but with Professor Stephen Hawking.

Meanwhile, highlights from Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights live show will be broadcast for the first time and Russell Brand, Stephen Fry and The Chuckle Brothers will be among a gaggle of celebrities competing to be named ‘National Treasure 2015’. Musical performances on the night will come from Sam Smith, Labrinth and Ella Henderson.

Daniel Craig previously appeared as James Bond in a Comic Relief sketch in 2009, playing the boyfriend of Catherine Tate’s character Elaine Figgis. He is currently shooting the 24th Bond film, Spectre, which is set for release on November 6. Craig injured his knee shooting a fight scene last month (February) but has since made a full recovery.