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Daniel Wroughton Craig (born 2
March 1968) is an English actor best known for playing British secret agent
James Bond in a 2006 reboot of the film series which began in 1962.
Born and raised in Cheshire, Craig
is an alumni of the National Youth Theatre and graduated from the Guildhall
School of Music and Drama in London and began his career on stage. His early on
screen appearances were in the films Elizabeth, The Power of One and A Kid in
King Arthur's Court, and on Sharpe's Eagle and Zorro in television. Appearances
in the British films Love Is the Devil, The Trench and Some Voices attracted
industry attention, leading to roles in bigger productions such as Lara Croft:
Tomb Raider, Road to Perdition, Layer Cake and Munich.
Craig acheived international fame
when chosen as the sixth actor to play the role of Bond, replacing Pierce
Brosnan. His debut in Casino Royale was highly acclaimed and earnt him a BAFTA
award nomination, with the film becoming the highest grossing in the series to
date. Quantum of Solace followed two years later, with the third film Skyfall
set for release in 2012, having been delayed due to MGM's financial troubles.
Craig is married to actress Rachel
Weisz, his second wife. He has a daughter Ella by his first wife, Fiona Loudon.
In 2006 he joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Since taking
the role of Bond, Craig has continued to appear in other films, most recently
starring in the English-language adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Born Daniel Wroughton Craig
2 March 1968 (1968-03-02) (age
Chester, Cheshire, England
Years active 1992–present
Spouse Fiona Loudon (m. 1992–1994)
Rachel Weisz (2011-present)
Children Ella Craig
Craig was born in Chester,
Cheshire, England. His mother, Carol Olivia (née Williams), was an art
teacher, and his father, Timothy John Wroughton Craig, was the landlord of the
pubs "Ring o' Bells" (in Frodsham) and "The Boot Inn" (Willington, Tarporley),
and also served as a midshipman in the Merchant Navy. Both of Craig's
parents were of half-Welsh descent. He was brought up on the Wirral
Peninsula, and attended a primary school in Frodsham and Hoylake called Holy
Trinity Primary School. He attended Hilbre High School in later years. He
began acting in school plays at age six.
Craig moved to London when he was
sixteen to join the National Youth Theatre after a stay at Calday. He and his
older sister, Lea, attended Hilbre High School and Calday Grange Grammar School
in West Kirby. He played for Hoylake Rugby Club. He attended the Guildhall
School of Music and Drama at the Barbican and graduated in 1991 after three
years of study under Colin McCormack.
Craig appeared as Joe in the Royal
National Theatre's production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America in November
1993. Also in 1993, Craig appeared in an episode of Yorkshire Television's
Heartbeat (UK TV series), which aired on 31 October 1993. An early starring
role was as 'Geordie' in the BBC's 1996 drama Our Friends in the North, with
early film roles being as Angelina Jolie's rival and love interest in Lara
Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), before appearing in Sam Mendes's movie Road to
Perdition (2002), with Tom Hanks and Paul Newman. Other leading film roles
include Sword of Honour (2001), The Mother (2003) with Anne Reid, Sylvia (2003)
with Gwyneth Paltrow, Layer Cake (2004) with Sienna Miller, Enduring Love (2004)
with Rhys Ifans, Steven Spielberg's Munich (2005) with Eric Bana, Infamous and
Casino Royale (2006), The Golden Compass (2007), Quantum of Solace, Defiance
(2008), and Cowboys & Aliens (2011).
In 2005, Craig was contracted by
EON Productions to portray James Bond. He stated that he "was aware of the
challenges" of the James Bond franchise which he considers "a big machine" that
"makes a lot of money". He aimed at bringing more "emotional depth" to the
character. Being born in 1968, Craig is the first actor to portray James
Bond to have been born after the Bond series already started, and Ian Fleming,
the novels' writer, had died.
Significant controversy followed
the decision, as it was doubted if the producers had made the right choice.
Throughout the entire production period Internet campaigns expressed their
dissatisfaction and threatened to boycott the film in protest. Craig, unlike
previous actors, was not considered by the protesters to fit the tall, dark,
handsome image of Bond to which viewers had been accustomed. The Daily
Mirror ran a front page news story critical of Craig, with the headline, "The
Name's Bland – James Bland."
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,
Timothy Dalton, Sean Connery and Roger Moore – called his casting a good
decision. Clive Owen, who had been linked to the role, also spoke in defence of
The first film, Casino Royale,
premièred on 14 November 2006 and grossed a total of US$594,239,066 worldwide,
which makes the film the highest grossing Bond film to date. After the film
was released, Craig's performance was highly acclaimed.
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, was to be released on 7 November 2008 and that Craig plays Bond with
an option for a third film. On 25 October 2007, MGM CEO Harry Sloan revealed
at the Forbes Meet II Conference that Craig had signed on for four more Bond
films, through to Bond 25.
In 2006, Craig was invited to join
the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
On 12 June 2008, Craig sliced the
top of one of his fingers off while filming Quantum of Solace. The accident
was the latest in a string of incidents surrounding the shoot, including a fire
at one of the sets in Pinewood Studios, UK; a car crash that left the stunt
driver in a serious condition; and an Aston Martin skidding off the roads in
heavy rains while being transported to the set in northern Italy and plunging
into Lake Garda.
Craig describes 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 movie, but during the movie you should
be questioning who he is.” Craig also states that his favourite previous
Bond actor was 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 favourite Bond film is From
Russia with Love. On a James Bond-centric episode of The South Bank Show,
Connery divulged his thoughts on Craig's casting as Bond, whom he described as
"fantastic, marvelous in the part." When he was 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.
On 19 April 2010, Craig's expected
third Bond film (the 23rd overall in the series) was announced to have been
suspended indefinitely due to the crippling debt and uncertain future of
MGM. However, both Craig and Sam Mendes hoped to resume work on the film
soon. The film has since resumed and Craig will return as Bond once again,
with the film (now called Skyfall) due for release on 9 November 2012. Skyfall
is expected to be part of year-long celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Dr.
No. On December 23 2010, it was announced that Daniel Craig has signed on
for five future Bond films, which would break by one film Roger Moore's record
of the longest running actor to portray the character. 
In 1999, Craig starred as Richard
in a TV drama called Shockers: The Visitor. In 2007, he portrayed Lord Asriel in
The Golden Compass, the film adaptation of Philip Pullman's novel. 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 early 2001, Craig expressed an
interest in being a part of the Star Trek franchise, professing his love of the
series to the World Entertainment News Network and a desire to have a "stint in
the TV show or a film. It's been a secret ambition of mine for years." On 16
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
In 2008's Defiance, he played Tuvia
Bielski, a Jewish resistance fighter in the woods of Belarus during World War II
who saved 1,200 people.
The shot in Casino Royale of Craig
sporting swimming trunks has often topped many sexiest male celebrity polls,
and in 2009 Del Monte Foods launched an ice pop moulded to resemble Craig
emerging from the sea.
Craig co-starred with Hugh Jackman,
in a limited engagement of the play A Steady Rain, on Broadway at the Schoenfeld
Theatre, which opened in previews on 10 September 2009 and closed on 6 December
2009.. He 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.. 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.
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.
In 1992, Craig married Scottish
actress Fiona Loudon, with whom he has a daughter, Ella. The marriage ended in
divorce in 1994.
After his divorce, he was in a
seven-year relationship with German actress Heike Makatsch, ending in 2001.
He subsequently dated film producer Satsuki Mitchell from 2004 until 2010.
Craig and actress Rachel Weisz
began dating in December 2010. Craig and Weisz married on 22 June
2011 in a private New York ceremony, with only four guests in
attendance, including Craig's 18-year-old daughter Ella, and Weisz's
four-year-old son Henry. Craig and Weisz had been friends for many years and
had worked together on the movie Dream House shortly before they began dating in
In October 2008, Craig paid £4
million for an apartment near Regent's Park, London. He is a Liverpool F.C.
Year Title Role Notes
Film and television 1992 Power of
One, TheThe Power of One Sgt. Botha, a.k.a. The Judge
1993 Between the Lines (TV series)
under cover detective second series, part 1 (part 14 in all)
1993 Heartbeat (UK TV series) Peter
1993 Zorro Lt Hidalgo Two episodes
of a US TV series filmed in Madrid.
1993 Sharpe's Eagle Lt. Berry
1995 Kid in King Arthur's Court, AA
Kid in King Arthur's Court Master Kane
1996 Kiss And Tell Matt Kearney TV
1996 Fortunes and Misfortunes of
Moll Flanders, TheThe Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders James "Jemmy"
Seagrave Television drama
1996 Our Friends in the North
George "Geordie" Peacock Television drama: 8 episodes
1997 Obsession – Besessene Seelen
1997 Ice House, TheThe Ice House
D.S. Andy McLoughlin TV mystery/drama from the novel by Minette Walters
1997 Hunger, TheThe Hunger
1998 Love Is the Devil: Study for a
Portrait of Francis Bacon George Dyer Edinburgh International Film Festival
Award for Best British Performance
1998 Love and Rage James
1998 Elizabeth John Ballard
1999 Trench, TheThe Trench Sgt.
Telford Winter Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
1999 Adventures of Young Indiana
Jones: Daredevils of the Desert, TheThe Adventures of Young Indiana Jones:
Daredevils of the Desert Schiller
2000 Some Voices Ray British
Independent Film Award for Best Actor
2000 Hotel Splendide Ronald
2000 I Dreamed of Africa Declan
2001 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Alex
2001 Sword of Honour Guy
2002 Copenhagen Werner Heisenberg
Television drama (stage adaptation)
2002 Ten Minutes Older: The Cello
2002 Road to Perdition Connor
2003 Sylvia Ted Hughes
2003 Mother, TheThe Mother Darren
Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated—European Film Audience
Award for Best Actor
Nominated—London Film Critics
Circle Award for Best Actor
2004 Layer Cake Mr. X
Nominated—Empire Award for Best Actor
Nominated—European Film Awards
Audience Award for Best Actor also for Enduring Love
2004 Enduring Love Joe Nominated –
British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated – European Film Awards
Audience Award for Best Actor also for Layer Cake
2005 Munich Steve
2005 Archangel Christopher Kelso
2005 Fateless American Soldier
2005 Jacket, TheThe Jacket Rudy
2006 Casino Royale James Bond
Empire Award for Best Actor
Evening Standard British Film
Awards Award for Best Actor
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best
Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best
2006 Renaissance Barthélémy Karas
2006 Infamous Perry Smith
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
2007 Golden Compass, TheThe Golden
Compass Lord Asriel
2007 Invasion, TheThe Invasion Ben
2008 Flashbacks of a Fool Joe Scot
Also Executive Producer
2008 Quantum of Solace James Bond
Nominated – Empire Award for Best Actor
2008 Defiance Tuvia Bielski
2011 Cowboys & Aliens Jake Lonergan
Nominated—Scream Award for Best Science Fiction Actor
2011 Dream House Will Attenton
2011 The Adventures of Tintin
2011 Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,
TheThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Mikael Blomkvist
2012 Skyfall James Bond Filming
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Quantum of Solace James Bond
2010 GoldenEye 007 James Bond
2010 James Bond 007: Blood Stone
James Bond voice-over
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