Daniel Craig

Daniel Wroughton Craig (born 2 March 1968)[1][2] is an English actor. He trained at the National Youth Theatre and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1991, before beginning his career on stage. His film debut was in the drama The Power of One (1992). Other early appearances were in the historical television war drama Sharpe's Eagle (1993), Disney family film A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995), the drama serial Our Friends in the North (1996) and the biographical film Elizabeth (1998).

Craig's appearances in the British television film Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998), the indie war film The Trench (1999), and the drama Some Voices (2000) attracted the film industry's attention. This led to roles in bigger productions such as the action film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), the crime thriller Road to Perdition (2002), the crime thriller Layer Cake (2004), and the Steven Spielberg historical drama Munich (2005).

Craig achieved international fame when chosen as the sixth actor to play the role of Ian Fleming's British secret agent character James Bond in the film series, taking over from Pierce Brosnan in 2005. His debut film as Bond, Casino Royale, was released internationally in November 2006 and was highly acclaimed, earning him a BAFTA award nomination. Casino Royale became the highest-grossing in the series at the time. Quantum of Solace followed two years later. Craig's third Bond film, Skyfall, premiered in 2012 and is currently the highest-grossing film in the series and the 22nd-highest-grossing film of all time; it was also the highest-grossing film in the United Kingdom until 2015.[3][4] Craig's fourth Bond film, Spectre, premiered in 2015. He also made a guest appearance as Bond in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, alongside Queen Elizabeth II. His fifth Bond film, tentatively titled Bond 25, is scheduled for release on St. Valentines Day, 14 February 2020.[5]

Since taking the role of Bond, Craig has continued to star in other films, including the fantasy film The Golden Compass (2007), World War II film Defiance (2008), science fiction western Cowboys & Aliens (2011), the English-language adaptation of Stieg Larsson's mystery thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), and the heist film Logan Lucky (2017).

Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig - Film Premiere "Spectre" 007 - on the Red Carpet in Berlin (22387409720) (cropped)
Craig in Berlin in 2015
Born
Daniel Wroughton Craig

2 March 1968 (age 50)
Chester, Cheshire, England
ResidencePrimrose Hill, London, England
Tribeca, New York, U.S.
NationalityBritish
Alma materGuildhall School of Music and Drama
OccupationActor
Years active1992–present
Home townLiverpool, England
Spouse(s)
Fiona Loudon
(m. 1992; div. 1994)

Rachel Weisz
(m. 2011)
Children2
Signature
Firma de Daniel Craig

Early life

Craig was born in Chester, Cheshire.[6] His mother, Carol Olivia (née Williams), was an art teacher, and his father, Timothy John Wroughton Craig, was the landlord of two pubs, the Ring o' Bells in Frodsham, Cheshire, and the Boot Inn in Tarporley, Cheshire, having served as a midshipman in the Merchant Navy.[6][7][8] Craig has distant French Huguenot and Welsh ancestry. Huguenot minister Daniel Chamier is among his ancestors, as is Sir William Burnaby, 1st Baronet. Craig's middle name, Wroughton, comes from his great-great-grandmother, Grace Matilda Wroughton.[9]

Raised on the Wirral Peninsula,[10] Craig attended primary school in Frodsham and Hoylake, Merseyside.[11] Later, he attended Hilbre High School in West Kirby, Merseyside, along with his elder sister Lea (born 1965), after failing his eleven-plus exam.[12] When his parents divorced, Craig and his sister lived with their mother, moving to Liverpool.[13] Upon finishing his compulsory secondary school education at the age of 16, he briefly joined Calday Grange Grammar School as a sixth form student.[14] He played rugby union for Hoylake RFC.[15]

Craig began acting in school plays at the age of six, and was introduced to serious acting by attending the Everyman Theatre in nearby Liverpool City Centre with his mother.[1] At the age of 16, Craig was accepted into the National Youth Theatre, leaving school and moving to London, where he worked part-time in restaurants to finance his training.[16] Later on, after multiple attempts at auditioning for drama schools, he was accepted at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama at the Barbican, where he graduated in 1991 after three years of study under Colin McCormack.[17]

Career

Early roles and breakthrough

Craig appeared in his first screen role in 1992, playing an Afrikaner in The Power of One. He then appeared as Joe in the Royal National Theatre's production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America in November 1993. Also in 1993, Craig was featured in two episodes of the American television shows Zorro and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles,[18] and British shows Heartbeat, Between the Lines, Drop the Dead Donkey and Sharpe's Eagle.[19][20] Craig was featured in the poorly received Disney film A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995).[21] In 1996, Craig starred in the BBC drama serial Our Friends in the North as the troubled George 'Geordie' Peacock. Appearing alongside Christopher Eccleston, Gina McKee and Mark Strong, Craig's part in the series is considered his breakthrough role.[22][23] In the same year, Craig guest starred in an episode of the HBO horror anthology series Tales from the Crypt and was featured in the BBC television film Saint-Ex.[24][25] Craig gave a lead performance in the Franco-German drama Obsession in 1997, about a love triangle between Craig's character and a couple.[26]

Craig appeared in three films in 1998: the independent drama Love and Rage,[27] the biographical drama Elizabeth, in which he played Jesuit priest John Ballard, who was executed for being involved in an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I of England in the Babington Plot,[28] and the BBC television film Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998), in which Craig played small-time thief George Dyer who becomes the lover and muse of painter Francis Bacon, who was portrayed by Derek Jacobi.[29] The following year, Craig starred in a television drama called Shockers: The Visitor and as Sergeant Telford Winter in the independent war film The Trench, which takes place in the confines of the trenches in the First World War during the 48 hours leading up to the Battle of the Somme.[30] Craig played a schizophrenic man who falls in with a woman (played Kelly Macdonald) after being discharged from psychiatric hospital in the drama Some Voices (2000).[31] Also in 2000, Craig co-starred alongside Toni Collette in the dark comedy Hotel Splendide and was featured in I Dreamed of Africa, based on the life of Kuki Gallmann (played by Kim Basinger).[32]

Craig played a "tomb raider" and the romantic interest to Angelina Jolie's character Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), based on the video game series Tomb Raider. He later admitted to only accepting the role in the ill-received yet commercially successful film for the paycheque.[33] In 2001, Craig also starred in the four-part Channel 4 drama Sword of Honour, based on the trilogy of novels of the same.[34] Craig appeared in the anthology film Ten Minutes Older: The Cello (2002), starring in the segment "Addicted to the Stars", directed by Michael Radford.[35] His second release of 2002 was Sam Mendes' crime film Road to Perdition with Tom Hanks and Paul Newman as Irish mobster Connor Rooney, the son of the crime organisation's boss, played by Newman.[36] Craig portrayed German theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg in the BBC television drama Copenhagen (2002), which depicts Heisenberg's involvement in the German nuclear weapon project during World War II.[37] On stage, Craig starred opposite Michael Gambon in the original production of Caryl Churchill's play A Number from September to November 2002 at the Royal Court Theatre.[38] Craig received a London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor nomination for his role as a man who is cloned twice by his father.[39] Craig starred as poet Ted Hughes opposite Gwyneth Paltrow as Sylvia Plath in the biographical film Sylvia (2003), which depicts the romance between the two poets.[40] In the same year, he appeared in The Mother as a man who engages in an affair with the much older mother (played by Anne Reid) of his lover and best friend.[41]

The crime thriller Layer Cake, directed by Matthew Vaughn, starred Craig as a London-based cocaine supplier known only as XXXX. Los Angeles Times writer praised Craig's "stunningly suave performance",[42] while Roger Ebert thought he was "fascinating" in the film.[43] Craig next starred as a man who becomes dangerously close with a stranger (played by Rhys Ifans) after witnessing a deadly accident together in Enduring Love (2004).[44] Craig appeared in three theatrical films in 2005, all of which were supporting roles. His first release of the year, was the thriller The Jacket starring Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley.[45] He then made a brief appearance in the Hungarian film Fateless as a United States Army Sergeant who takes a liking to a teenage boy who survives life in concentration camps.[46] Craig's third and final role of the year was a South African driver who is a part of a covert Israeli government assassination mission against eleven Palestinians allegedly involved in the Munich massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics. The film, Munich, directed by Steven Spielberg, starred Eric Bana as a member of the operation, a Mossad agent.[47] Also in 2005, Craig starred in the BBC television film Archangel – based on Robert Harris' eponymous novel – as an English academic who stumbles upon a notebook believed to have belonged to Joseph Stalin.[48]

James Bond (2005–present)

Daniel Craig at a film premiere in New York
Craig at the Quantum of Solace film premiere in New York in November 2008

In 2005, Craig was contacted by Eon Productions to portray James Bond. He stated he "was aware of the challenges" of the Bond franchise, which he considered "a big machine that makes a lot of money". He aimed at bringing more "emotional depth" to the character.[23] Born in 1968, Craig is the first actor to portray James Bond to have been born after the Bond series started and after the death of Ian Fleming, the novels' writer. The casting choice caused significant controversy. Throughout the entire production period, internet campaigns expressed their dissatisfaction and threatened to boycott the film in protest.[49] The 5-foot-10-inch (178 cm) blond Craig was not considered by some protesters to fit the tall, dark-haired Bond portrayed by the previous Bond actors, to which viewers had apparently become accustomed.[50] Although the choice of Craig was controversial, numerous actors publicly voiced their support. Most notably four of the five actors who had previously portrayed Bond – Pierce Brosnan,[51] Timothy Dalton, Sean Connery and Roger Moore – called his casting a good decision. George Lazenby has since voiced his approval of Craig also.[52] Clive Owen, who had been linked to the role, also spoke in defence of Craig.[53]

The first film, Casino Royale, premiered on 14 November 2006, and grossed a total of US$594,239,066 worldwide, which made it the highest-grossing Bond film until the release of Skyfall.[54] After the film was released, Craig's performance was highly acclaimed.[55] As production of Casino Royale reached its conclusion, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced that pre-production work had already begun on the 22nd Bond film. After several months of speculation as to the release date, Wilson and Broccoli officially announced on 20 July 2006 that the follow-up film, Quantum of Solace,[56] was to be released on 7 November 2008, and that Craig would play Bond with an option for a third film.[57] On 25 October 2007, MGM CEO Harry Sloan revealed at the Forbes Meet II Conference that Craig had signed on to make four more Bond films, through to Bond 25.[58] Craig lent his voice and likeness as James Bond for both the Wii game GoldenEye 007, an enhanced remake of the 1997 game for the Nintendo 64, and James Bond 007: Blood Stone, an original game for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, and Microsoft Windows.[59] In addition to Casino Royale, Craig also appeared two more films in 2006: the drama Infamous as mass murderer Perry Edward Smith and as the voice of the lead character in the English-language version of the French animated film Renaissance.[60][61] The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extended a membership invitation to Craig in 2006.[62]

Craig starred opposite Nicole Kidman in the science fiction horror film The Invasion in 2007, the fourth film adaptation of the novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney. The film was met with a negative reception from critics, with Roger Ebert believing it to be the worst adaptation of Finney's novel.[63] He portrayed Lord Asriel in The Golden Compass, the 2007 film adaptation of Philip Pullman's novel.[64] Eva Green, who played Bond girl Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, also starred in the film, although she did not appear in any scenes with Craig. In a stage version of the book, Asriel had previously been played by Timothy Dalton, one of Craig's predecessors in the role of James Bond. In March 2007, Craig made a cameo appearance as himself in a sketch with Catherine Tate who appeared in the guise of her character Elaine Figgis from The Catherine Tate Show. The sketch was made for the BBC Red Nose Day 2007 fundraising programme.[65] In 2008, Craig, along with Quantum of Solace, starred in the drama Flashbacks of a Fool alongside Emilia Fox, as a washed-up Hollywood actor who reflects upon his life and what might have been had he stayed in England,[66] after the death of his childhood best friend. In his final release of 2008, the war film Defiance, Craig starred as Tuvia Bielski, the leader of the Bielski partisans, fighting in the forests of Belarus during World War II, saving 1,200 people.[67]

He co-starred with Hugh Jackman in a limited engagement of the drama A Steady Rain, on Broadway, which played from 10 September through 6 December 2009 at the Schoenfeld Theatre.[68] His performance received praise from the New York Times, with the reviewer writing "Mr. Craig, a highly reputable stage actor in London (“Angels in America,” “A Number”) before he became the screen's sixth James Bond, creates a more complete portrait as Joey."[69] In August 2010, Craig was cast as crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist in David Fincher's 2011 adaptation of Stieg Larsson's novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.[70] In 2011, he starred in Dream House, a psychological thriller directed by Jim Sheridan and co-starring Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts and Marton Csokas.[71] It garnered mostly negative reviews and low box office results. Craig co-starred with Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde in Cowboys & Aliens, an American science fiction Western film, based on Scott Mitchell Rosenberg's 2006 graphic novel of the same name.[72][73] Craig provided his voice to Steven Spielberg's animated film The Adventures of Tintin in 2011, playing the villainous pirate Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine and his ancestor Red Rackham in a dual role.[74]

James Bond at Madame Tussauds, London
Daniel Craig Statue in Madame Tussauds

The planned 19 April 2010 release of Craig's third Bond film (the 23rd overall in the series) was delayed, because of financial troubles with MGM;[75] the film, titled Skyfall, was eventually released on 23 October 2012, as part of the year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. No.[76] On 8 September 2012, Bond producers announced Craig had signed on for two future Bond films, meaning he would appear as 007 in at least five films, making him the third-longest-serving Bond after Roger Moore, who starred in seven Bond films, and Sean Connery who starred in six EON Bond films and one non-EON Bond film.[77] Craig hosted the American late-night live television sketch comedy Saturday Night Live on 6 October 2012. He appeared in a sketch about "forgotten" Bond women, including Diane Keaton, Penny Marshall, Jodie Foster, Ellen DeGeneres, Lea Michele, and Molly Ringwald.[78] He and his wife Weisz starred in a Broadway play titled Betrayal. It began performances in October 2013, and continued until January 2014.[79][80] Despite mixed reviews, it grossed $17.5 million, becoming the second highest broadway play of 2013.[81] Craig's fourth Bond film, Spectre, began filming in December 2014 and was released on 26 October 2015.[77] His four Bond films released by Sony has earned a combined gross of $3.5 billion globally, after adjusting for inflation.[82]

Prior to the inaugural Invictus Games held in London in September 2014, Craig along with other entertainers and athletes read the poem "Invictus" in a promotional video.[83][84] He made an uncredited cameo appearance as a Stormtrooper in the Star Wars sequel Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015.[85] Craig appeared in a modern production of William Shakespeare's tragedy Othello at the Off-Broadway New York Theatre Workshop throughout late 2016 and early 2017. The production starred David Oyelowo as the titular character and Craig as the main antagonist, Iago.[86] Diane Snyder of The Daily Telegraph praised his "chilling" portrayal of Iago in the play.[86] In 2017, Craig co-starred in Steven Soderbergh's comedy Logan Lucky, about two brothers who pull off a heist during a NASCAR race.[87] Craig starred alongside Halle Berry in the drama Kings set during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. The film premiered in September 2017, but has not yet received distribution.[88] In April 2018, Daniel Craig confirmed to Associated Press that the untitled 25th James Bond film will be his next project, serving as his fifth and final performance as the eponymous character. The film was to be directed by Danny Boyle with a scheduled (North American) release date of 8 November 2019 and with earlier releases in the United Kingdom and overseas territories, but Boyle, citing "creative differences", later withdrew from its production.[89]

Opinions on Bond

Craig has described his portrayal of Bond as an anti-hero: "The question I keep asking myself while playing the role is, 'Am I the good guy or just a bad guy who works for the good side?' Bond's role, after all, is that of an assassin when you come down to it. I have never played a role in which someone's dark side shouldn't be explored. I don't think it should be confusing by the end of the film, but during the film you should be questioning who he is."[90] Craig has stated that his own favourite previous Bond actor is Sean Connery, but says, "I'd never copy somebody else. I would never do an impression of anybody else or try and improve on what they did. That would be a pointless exercise for me." His own favourite Bond film is From Russia with Love.[91] On an episode of The South Bank Show, Connery divulged his thoughts on Craig's casting as Bond, whom he described as "fantastic, marvellous in the part". When told that Craig had taken particular note of his performances, Connery said that he was "flattered" and that Craig really gets the "danger element" to Bond's character.[92] Craig has remarked that Bond is "...actually a misogynist... A lot of women are drawn to him chiefly because he embodies a certain kind of danger and never sticks around for too long."[93]

Personal life

Daniel Craig on Venice yacht crop w Wilson
Craig with producer Michael G. Wilson in Venice during a break while filming Casino Royale, June 2006

In 1992, Craig married actress Fiona Loudon, with whom he had a daughter, named Ella. The marriage ended in divorce in 1994.[94]

After his divorce, he was in a seven-year relationship with German actress Heike Makatsch, ending in 2004.[95] He subsequently dated and was engaged to film producer Satsuki Mitchell from 2005 until 2010.[96]

Craig and actress Rachel Weisz had been friends for many years, and worked together on the movie Dream House. They began dating in December 2010 and married on 22 June 2011,[97][98] in a private New York City ceremony, with four guests in attendance, including Craig's daughter and Weisz's son.[99] On 1 September 2018, it was reported that they had welcomed their first child together, a daughter.[100]

In October 2008, Craig paid £4 million for an apartment in a converted old house in Primrose Hill near Regent's Park, London.[101] He also has a house in Sunninghill outside Ascot. He is an avid fan of Premier League football club Liverpool F.C., as well as a rugby fan and former player, having travelled to Australia in 2013 to watch the British & Irish Lions tour.[102]

Craig has been reluctant to discuss his religious beliefs. During an interview about the apparently anti-religious message of the 2007 film The Golden Compass, in which he starred, he stated: "I've never been religious and I’m not a church-goer, but I do find religion fascinating because it has such a huge impact on our lives".[103]

Craig was opposed to the United Kingdom leaving the EU. In 2016, he was pictured wearing a 'vote Remain' t-shirt with the words "No man is an island. No country by itself" written across it in a picture tweeted on the Stronger IN account.[104]

Charity work

Craig participated in the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraising 8 December 2009, raising $1,549,953 in the 21st annual Gypsy of the Year competition, from six weeks of curtain appeals at their hit Broadway drama, A Steady Rain.[105]

He is involved with multiple charities including S.A.F.E. Kenya, which uses street theatre to address social issues.[106] He is also involved with the Opportunity Network, which provides access to education for low-income students in New York.[107] In 2011, he collaborated with Dame Judi Dench to highlight gender inequality for International Women's Day.[108] In August 2014, he added his name to a letter to British broadcasters calling for better representation of ethnic minorities.[109]

In April 2015, the United Nations appointed Craig the first global advocate for the elimination of mines and explosive hazards.[110] The role involves raising awareness for the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), and political and financial support for the cause. Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Craig: "You have been given a licence to kill, I'm now giving you a licence to save."[110]

In September 2015, Craig donated $47,000 to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign.[111]

Filmography

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released

Films

Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Power of One Sergeant Jaapie Botha
1995 A Kid in King Arthur's Court Master Kane
1997 Obsession John McHale
1998 Love and Rage James Lynchehaun
Elizabeth John Ballard
1999 The Trench Sergeant Telford Winter
2000 Some Voices Ray
Hotel Splendide Ronald Blanche
I Dreamed of Africa Declan Fielding
2001 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Alex West
2002 Ten Minutes Older: The Cello Cecil Thomas
Road to Perdition Connor Rooney
2003 Sylvia Ted Hughes
The Mother Darren
2004 Layer Cake XXXX
Enduring Love Joe
2005 The Jacket Rudy Mackenzie
Fateless American Soldier
Munich Steve
2006 Renaissance Barthélémy Karas (voice)
Infamous Perry Smith
Casino Royale James Bond
2007 The Invasion Ben Driscoll
The Golden Compass Lord Asriel
2008 Flashbacks of a Fool Joe Scot
Quantum of Solace James Bond
Defiance Tuvia Bielski
2011 One Life Narrator (voice) Documentary
Cowboys & Aliens Jake Lonergan
Dream House Will Atenton / Peter Ward
The Adventures of Tintin Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine / Red Rackham (voices)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Mikael Blomkvist
2012 Skyfall James Bond
2015 Spectre
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Stormtrooper FN-1824 Uncredited cameo[85][112]
2017 Logan Lucky Joe Bang
Kings Obie Hardison [113]
2019 Knives Out dagger Detective Benoit Blanc Post-production
2020 Bond 25 dagger James Bond Pre-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Zorro Lieutenant Hidalgo 2 episodes
Drop the Dead Donkey Fixx Episode: "George and His Daughter"
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Schiller Episode: "Palestine, October 1917"
Between the Lines Joe Rance Episode: "New Order"
Heartbeat Peter Begg Episode: "A Chilly Reception"
Screen Two Lt. Guth Episode: "Genghis Cohn"
Sharpe's Eagle Lt. Berry Television film
1996 Our Friends in the North Geordie Peacock 8 episodes
Tales from the Crypt Barry Episode: "Smoke Wrings"
Saint-Ex Guillaumet Television film
Kiss and Tell Matt Kearney
The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders James "Jemmy" Seagrave
1997 The Hunger Jerry Pritchard Episode: "Ménage à Trois"
The Ice House DS Andy McLoughlin Television film
1998 Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon George Dyer
1999 Shockers: The Visitor Richard
2001 Sword of Honour Guy Crouchback
2002 Copenhagen Werner Heisenberg
2005 Archangel Prof. Fluke Kelso
2012 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Daniel Craig/Muse"
2014 Superheroes Unite for BBC Children in Need Narrator (voice) Television film
2017 Comrade Detective Father Anton Streza (voice)[114] 2 episodes

Video games

Year Title Voice role
2008 007: Quantum of Solace James Bond
2010 GoldenEye 007
James Bond 007: Blood Stone

Theatre performances

Year Title Role Theatre Notes
1993 Angels in America Joe Pitt Royal National Theatre
1997 Hurlyburly Mickey The Old Vic
2002 A Number (with Michael Gambon) Bernard 1
Bernard 2
Michael Black
Royal Court Nominated—London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor
2009 A Steady Rain (with Hugh Jackman) Joey Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre Nominated—Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance (2010)
2013 Betrayal (with Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall) Robert Ethel Barrymore Theatre
2016 Othello (with David Oyelowo) Iago New York Theatre Workshop Nominated—Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance (2017)
Nominated—Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play (2017)
Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play (2017)

Other

Other
Year Title Role Note
1997 The Rover (with Andy Serkis) Blunt BBC Open University Productions (an educational theatrical performance available on DVD)
2012 Through Their Eyes Himself Produced by Omega and Orbis International.[115] Documents Daniel Craig's visit to Mongolia with the Orbis medical team.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1998 Edinburgh International Film Festival Award Best British Performance
Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon
Won
1999 British Independent Film Award Best Actor
The Trench
Nominated
2000
Some Voices
Won
2004
The Mother
Nominated
London Critics Circle Film Awards British Actor of the Year Nominated
European Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
Layer Cake
Nominated
Empire Award Nominated
2005 London Critics Circle Film Awards
Enduring Love
Nominated
British Independent Film Award Nominated
European Film Awards Nominated
2006 Independent Spirit Award Best Supporting Male
Infamous
Nominated
2007 Empire Award Best Actor
Casino Royale
Won
Evening Standard British Film Awards Won
Saturn Award Nominated
Sant Jordi Award Best Foreign Actor Won
BAFTA Award Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
2008 Empire Award Best Actor
Quantum of Solace
Nominated
2010 Drama League Awards Distinguished Performance
A Steady Rain
Nominated
2011 Scream Award Best Science Fiction Actor
Cowboys & Aliens
Nominated
2012 Brittania Awards British Artist of the Year
Won
2013 Critics' Choice Award Best Actor in an Action Movie
Skyfall
Won
Empire Award Best Actor Nominated
MTV Movie Award Best Fight (shared with Ola Rapace) Nominated
Best Shirtless Performance Nominated
London Film Critics Circle Best Actor Nominated
Saturn Award Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Outstanding Narrator
One Life
Nominated
2015 Critics' Choice Movie Award Best Actor in an Action Movie
Spectre
Nominated
2016 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award Best Actor in an Action Movie Nominated
2017 Drama League Awards Distinguished Performance
Othello
Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Actor in a Play Nominated
Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actor in a Play Nominated

See also

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Further reading

  • Marshall, Sarah (2007). Daniel Craig: The Biography. John Blake Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84454-454-7.
  • O'Brien, Daniel (2007). Daniel Craig – Ultimate Professional. Reynolds & Hearn Ltd. ISBN 978-1-905287-44-4.
  • Ogle, Tina (2009). Daniel Craig: The Illustrated Biography. Carlton Books. ISBN 978-1-84732-266-1.

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Casino Royale (2006 film)

Casino Royale is a 2006 spy film, the twenty-first in the Eon Productions James Bond film series, and the third screen adaptation of Ian Fleming's 1953 novel of the same name. Directed by Martin Campbell and written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Paul Haggis, it is the first film to star Daniel Craig as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond, and was produced by Eon Productions for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures, making it the first Eon-produced Bond film to be co-produced by the latter studio. Following Die Another Day, Eon Productions decided to reboot the series, allowing them to show a less experienced and more vulnerable Bond.Casino Royale takes place at the beginning of Bond's career as Agent 007, as he is earning his licence to kill. The plot sees Bond on an assignment to bankrupt terrorist financier Le Chiffre in a high-stakes poker game; Bond falls in love with Vesper Lynd, a treasury employee assigned to provide the money he needs for the game. The film begins a story arc that continues in the 2008 film, Quantum of Solace.

Casting involved a widespread search for a new actor to succeed Pierce Brosnan as James Bond; the choice of Craig, announced in October 2005, drew controversy. Location filming took place in the Czech Republic, The Bahamas, Italy and the United Kingdom with interior sets built at Barrandov Studios and Pinewood Studios.

Casino Royale premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square on 14 November 2006. It received an overwhelmingly positive critical response, with reviewers highlighting Craig's reinvention of the character and the film's departure from the tropes of previous Bond films. It earned almost $600 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing James Bond film until the release of Skyfall in 2012.

Defiance (2008 film)

Defiance is a 2008 American war film directed by Edward Zwick set during the occupation of Belarus by Nazi Germany. The screenplay by Clayton Frohman and Zwick was based on Nechama Tec's 1993 book Defiance: The Bielski Partisans, an account of the Bielski partisans, a group led by Belarusian Jewish brothers who saved and recruited Jews in Belarus during the Second World War. The film stars Daniel Craig as Tuvia Bielski, Liev Schreiber as Zus Bielski, Jamie Bell as Asael Bielski, and George MacKay as Aron Bielski.

Production began in early September 2007. After a limited release, e.g. Los Angeles, New York City, in the United States on December 31, 2008, it went into general release worldwide in January and February 2009.

Knives Out (film)

Knives Out is an upcoming American mystery crime film written and directed by Rian Johnson. It stars Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon, Ana de Armas, Don Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, and Christopher Plummer.

It is scheduled to be released on November 27, 2019, by Lionsgate.

List of James Bond films

James Bond is a fictional character created by novelist Ian Fleming in 1953. Bond is a British secret agent working for MI6 who also answers to his codename, 007. He has been portrayed on film by actors Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig, in twenty-six productions. All the films but two were made by Eon Productions. Eon now holds the full adaptation rights to all of Fleming's Bond novels.In 1961 producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman joined forces to purchase the filming rights to Fleming's novels. They founded the production company Eon Productions and, with financial backing by United Artists, began working on Dr. No, which was directed by Terence Young and featured Connery as Bond. Following Dr. No's release in 1962, Broccoli and Saltzman created the holding company Danjaq to ensure future productions in the James Bond film series. The series currently encompasses twenty-four films, with the most recent, Spectre, released in October 2015. With a combined gross of nearly $7 billion to date, the films produced by Eon constitute the fourth-highest-grossing film series, behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, and Wizarding World films. Accounting for the effects of inflation the Bond films have amassed over $14 billion at current prices. The films have won five Academy Awards: for Sound Effects (now Sound Editing) in Goldfinger (at the 37th Awards), to John Stears for Visual Effects in Thunderball (at the 38th Awards), to Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers for Sound Editing, and to Adele and Paul Epworth for Original Song in Skyfall (at the 85th Awards), and to Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes for Original Song in Spectre (at the 88th Awards). Additionally, several of the songs produced for the films have been nominated for Academy Awards for Original Song, including Paul McCartney's "Live and Let Die", Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better" and Sheena Easton's "For Your Eyes Only". In 1982, Albert R. Broccoli received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.When Broccoli and Saltzman bought the rights to existing and future Fleming titles, it did not include Casino Royale, which had already been sold to producer Gregory Ratoff, with the story having been adapted for television in 1954. After Ratoff's death, the rights were passed on to Charles K. Feldman, who subsequently produced the satirical Bond spoof Casino Royale in 1967. A legal case ensured that the film rights to the novel Thunderball were held by Kevin McClory as he, Fleming and scriptwriter Jack Whittingham had written a film script upon which the novel was based. Although Eon Productions and McClory joined forces to produce Thunderball, McClory still retained the rights to the story and adapted Thunderball into 1983's Never Say Never Again. The current distribution rights to both of those films are held by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the studio which distributes Eon's regular series.

Outline of James Bond

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to James Bond:

James Bond—fictional character created in 1953 by journalist and writer Ian Fleming, who featured him in twelve novels and two short story collections. The character has also been used in the long-running and fourth most financially successful English language film series to date (after Harry Potter, Star Wars, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe). The series started in 1962 with Dr. No—with Sean Connery as Bond—and has continued most recently with Spectre (2015), starring Daniel Craig as Bond.

Portrayal of James Bond in film

Commander James Bond RN—code number 007—is a fictional character created by the British journalist and novelist Ian Fleming in 1952. The character appeared in a series of twelve novels and two short story collections written by Fleming and a number of continuation novels and spin-off works after Fleming's death in 1964. There have been twenty-six films in total, produced between 1962 and 2015.

Fleming portrayed Bond as a tall, athletic, handsome secret agent in his thirties or forties; he has several vices including drinking, smoking, gambling, automobiles and womanising. He is an exceptional marksman, and skilled in unarmed combat, skiing, swimming and golf. While Bond kills without hesitation or regret, he usually kills only when carrying out orders, while acting in self-defence and occasionally as revenge.

American actor Barry Nelson was the first to portray Bond on screen, in a 1954 television adaptation, "Casino Royale". In 1961 Eon Productions began work on Dr. No, an adaptation of the novel of the same name. The result was a film that spawned a series of twenty-four films produced by Eon Productions and two independent films. After considering the likes of "refined" English actors such as Cary Grant and David Niven, the producers cast Sean Connery as Bond in the film. Fleming was appalled at the selection of the uncouth, 31-year-old Scottish actor, considering him to be the antithesis of his character. However, Connery's physical prowess and sexual magnetism in the role came to be closely identified with the character, with Fleming ultimately changing his view on Connery and incorporating aspects of his portrayal into the books.

Seven actors in total have portrayed Bond on film. Following Connery's portrayal, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig have assumed the role. These screen versions have retained many traits from Fleming's depiction, although some of Bond's less fashionable attitudes have been dropped, such as racism, homophobia, retaining the services of a maid, and in the more recent films, smoking. Despite playing the same character, there have been notable differences among the portrayals. Daniel Craig is the incumbent Bond in the long-running Eon series, and played the part for a fourth time in the latest film, Spectre, released in October 2015.

Rachel Weisz

Rachel Hannah Weisz ( VYSE; born 7 March 1970) is a British actress. Born in Westminster, London, she began her acting career in the early 1990s, appearing in British television series such as Inspector Morse and Scarlet and Black. She made her film debut in Death Machine (1994).

Weisz's Hollywood breakthrough was in the blockbuster action films The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001), in which she portrayed Evelyn Carnahan, the female lead. She starred in a string of films throughout the 2000s, including Enemy at the Gates (2001), About a Boy (2002), Constantine (2005), The Fountain (2006), and The Lovely Bones (2009). In 2005, for her supporting role in the drama thriller The Constant Gardener, she received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

In 2012, Weisz starred in The Bourne Legacy, based on the series of books by Robert Ludlum. The following year, she appeared as the main antagonist in Oz the Great and Powerful, based on the series of children's books by L. Frank Baum. Weisz portrayed Deborah Lipstadt in Denial (2016), based on Lipstadt's book and directed by Mick Jackson. In 2017, she starred as the titular character in a film adaptation of My Cousin Rachel, based on the novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier. Also that year, Weisz's production company, LC6 Productions, released its first feature film, Disobedience, starring Weisz and Rachel McAdams. In 2018, she garnered critical acclaim for her portrayal of Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, in Yorgos Lanthimos's The Favourite, winning both a BAFTA and a British Independent Film Award. Weisz also garnered her second Academy Award nomination for this performance.Weisz has also performed on stage throughout her career. Her stage breakthrough was the 1994 revival of Noël Coward's play Design for Living, which earned her a London Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Newcomer. She later starred in the 1999 Donmar Warehouse production of Tennessee Williams' Suddenly, Last Summer, and their 2009 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire. Her portrayal of Blanche DuBois in the latter play earned her the Olivier Award for Best Actress.

In 2006, Weisz received the BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year. At the 28th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, she received two awards: a special Jury Award for her work as part of the ensemble of The Favourite and a Tribute Award for her career. Previously engaged to filmmaker Darren Aronofsky from 2005 to 2010, she married actor Daniel Craig in 2011. That year, she also became a naturalised U.S. citizen.

Skyfall

Skyfall is a 2012 spy film, the twenty-third in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions. The film is the third to star Daniel Craig as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond and features Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva, the villain. It was directed by Sam Mendes and written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and John Logan, and features the theme song "Skyfall", written and performed by Adele. It was distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and Columbia Pictures.The story centres on Bond investigating an attack on MI6; the attack is part of a plot by former agent Raoul Silva to discredit and kill M as revenge for having betrayed him. The film sees the return of two recurring characters after an absence of two films: Q, played by Ben Whishaw, and Moneypenny, played by Naomie Harris.

Mendes was approached to direct after the release of Quantum of Solace in 2008. Development was suspended when MGM ran into financial trouble, and did not resume until December 2010. The original screenwriter, Peter Morgan, left the project during the suspension. When production resumed, Logan, Purvis, and Wade continued writing what became the final version. Filming began in November 2011, primarily in the United Kingdom, with smaller portions shot in China and Turkey.

Skyfall premiered in London at the Royal Albert Hall on 23 October 2012 and was then released in the United Kingdom on 26 October and the United States on 9 November. It was the first James Bond film to be screened in IMAX venues, although it was not filmed with IMAX cameras. The release coincided with the 50th anniversary of the series, which began with Dr. No in 1962. Skyfall was very well-received by critics, who praised its screenplay, acting (particularly by Craig, Bardem, and Dench), Mendes' direction, cinematography, musical score, and action sequences. It was the 14th film to gross over $1 billion worldwide, and the first James Bond film to do so. It became the seventh-highest-grossing film at the time, the highest-grossing film in the UK, the highest-grossing film in the series, the highest-grossing film worldwide for both Sony Pictures and MGM, and the second highest-grossing film of 2012. The film won several accolades, including two Academy Awards, two BAFTA Awards and two Grammy Awards.

Spectre (2015 film)

Spectre is a 2015 spy film, the twenty-fourth in the James Bond film series produced by Eon Productions for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures. It is the fourth film to feature Daniel Craig as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond, and the second film in the series directed by Sam Mendes following Skyfall. It was written by John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth. It is the final James Bond film to be internationally distributed by Columbia Pictures, as Universal Pictures will become the international distributor of its future films.

The story sees Bond pitted against the global criminal organisation Spectre and their leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz). Bond attempts to thwart Blofeld's plan to launch a global surveillance network, and discovers Spectre and Blofeld were behind the events of the previous three films. The film marks Spectre and Blofeld's first appearance in an Eon Productions film since 1971's Diamonds Are Forever; a character resembling Blofeld had previously appeared in the 1981 film, For Your Eyes Only, but, because of the Thunderball controversy, he is not named, nor is his face shown. Several James Bond characters, including M, Q and Eve Moneypenny return, with new additions Léa Seydoux as Dr. Madeleine Swann, Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx, Andrew Scott as Max Denbigh and Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra.

Spectre was filmed from December 2014 to July 2015 in Austria, the United Kingdom, Italy, Morocco and Mexico. The action scenes prioritised practical effects and stunts, while employing computer-generated imagery made by five different companies. Spectre was estimated to have cost around $245 million—with some sources listing it as high as $300 million—making it the most expensive Bond film and one of the most expensive films ever made.

Spectre was released on 26 October 2015 in the United Kingdom—fifty years after the release of Thunderball, thirty after A View to a Kill, and twenty after GoldenEye—on the night of the world premiere at the London Royal Albert Hall. It was followed by a worldwide release, including IMAX screenings. It was released in the United States on 6 November. Spectre received mixed reviews from critics who praised the film's action sequences, cinematography, acting and musical score, but criticised the runtime, screenplay and pacing. The theme song "Writing's on the Wall", performed and co-written by Sam Smith, won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Song. Spectre grossed over $880 million worldwide, making it the sixth-highest-grossing film of 2015, the second-largest unadjusted total for the series after Skyfall.

The Trench (film)

The Trench is a 1999 independent war film directed by William Boyd and starring Paul Nicholls and James D'Arcy. It depicts the experiences of a group of young British soldiers in the 48 hours leading up to the Battle of the Somme in 1916.Daniel Craig and Ben Whishaw also appear.

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