Daniel Craig (born 02.03.1968)
Daniel Craig is an English actor most well-known for playing the part of James Bond in 'Casino Royale', 'Quantum of Solace' and 'Skyfall'.
Childhood: Daniel Craig was born in Chester, Cheshire, England. His parents are Carol Olivia, an art teacher, and Timothy John Wroughton Craig, the landlord of several pubs and former midshipman in the Merchant Navy. He was brought-up on the Wirral Peninsula and attended a primary school in Frodsham and the Holy Trinity Primary School in Hoylake at which he failed his eleven plus and attended Hilbre High School in West Kirby. Aged 16, he joined the sixth form at Calday Grange Grammar School and he also played for the Hoylake RFC Rugby Union Club. He was into acting from age 6 and joined the National Youth Theatre at 16 before later attending the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and graduating in 1991.
Acting career: Daniel was in Tony Kushner's theatre show 'Angels in America' in 1993 and even appeared in an episode of 'Heartbeat' in the same year. He had a starring role in BBC 1996 drama 'Our Friends in the North' and appeared in 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider' opposite Angelina Jolie in 2001. He was in Sam Mendes's 'Road to Perdition' in 2002 as well as 'Sylvia' in 2003, 'Layer Cake' in 2004 and 'Enduring Love' in 2004. He landed the role as James Bond in 2005 and became the first actor to portray the spy who was born after the series started. The decision to cast Craig was criticized by many particularly because he did not fit the 'tall, dark, handsome' idea of Bond. However, former Bond actors Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Dalton, Sean Connery and Roger Moore welcomed the decision. His first Bond film, 'Casino Royale', grossed $594,239,066 worldwide on its release in 2006 - the highest grossing Bond flick to that date. 'Quantum of Solace' was released in 2008. During filming, Craig got the top of his finger sliced off in an accident. He has said that his favourite Bond actor was Sean Connery and his favourite film is 'From Russia with Love'. 'Skyfall' was released in 2012 and grossed $1.1 billion worldwide making it the 7th highest-grossing film of all time. It won a Golden Globe Award for its theme tune by Adele as well as a BAFTA for Best Original Music. Since being cast as Bond, his other film roles include playing Lord Asriel in 2007's 'The Golden Compass', 2008's 'Defiance', 2011's Hollywood re-make of 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' and 'Cowboys & Aliens'.
Personal Life: Craig married actress Fiona Loudon in 1992. They have one daughter called Ella but they divorced in 1994. He was then dating Heike Makatsch for seven years but split with her in 2001. He was then in a relationship with film producer Satsuki Mitchell between 2004 and 2010. Craig married actress Rachel Weisz who he worked with on 'Dream House' on 22 June 2011 in New York City. With just four guests in attendance, their marriage was one of the more secret wedding ceremonies of celebrity culture. He is a fan of Liverpool F.C.
He's annoyed when people take photos on their phones from afar when they should just approach him and ask, and misses being able to drink in public.
The 47 year old actor, who has found global fame with his three well-received performances as 007, was speaking to DuJour magazine that he still sometimes struggles with the public attention that his position has brought over the last ten years.
“Bars are hard, but that’s more because of mobile phones,” Craig admitted. What annoys him most is that he wishes people would simply approach him and ask for photographs, instead of surreptitiously snapping away from a distance.
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When asked whether he could envisage 007 portrayed as a gay man, Brosnan said "Sure. Why not?"
There’s been much talk about Idris Elba being cast as the next James Bond, potentially becoming the first black man to portray 007 on the big screen. However, Pierce Brosnan has said that he could also see the womanising secret agent being portrayed as gay man in future movies.
“Sure. Why not?” he said to Details magazine about whether such a script might be possible, before adding, “Actually, I don't know how it would work. I don't think Barbara [Broccoli, Bond producer] would allow a gay Bond to happen in her lifetime. But it would certainly make for interesting viewing.”
Pierce Brosnan sees no reason why Bond couldn't be written as a gay character
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It seems James Bond's flighty career has all boiled down to this moment. He's in deep trouble when MI5 boss M finds out that he has set up his own secret mission to Mexico City, but it was a trip he couldn't afford to miss after discovering a message in regards to a top secret criminal organisation. With a new car and a new lover, now he just needs every trace of his existence erased as he sets out to Rome to uncover this sinister mystery, while on the way meeting the only person with inside knowledge of this group; Lucia Sciarra, the widow of a notorious crime boss who informs Bond about SPECTRE. It soon becomes clear that Bond has a new enemy to face off against, though with every member of SPECTRE having some sort of link to 007, maybe this time the enemy's not such a new face after all.
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He may be best known as 007, but Daniel Craig has been making movies for three decades. Here are five of our favourites.
As the latest 007 outing, Spectre, draws ever closer, we're taking a look back at five films from Daniel Craig's varied big-screen career - none of which involve the iconic superspy in a suit.
1. Layer Cake (2004)
Daniel Craig looking Bond-like in Layer Cake
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The director has confirmed he’ll be stepping down from the franchise following the release of ‘Spectre'.
Spectre director Sam Mendes has revealed he didn’t think friend Daniel Craig was a good fit for the role of James Bond when the actor was first cast as 007. Speaking to the BBC, Mendes said he initially thought Craig as Bond was a terrible idea but that he now thinks the franchise has 'adapted' to the actor.
Sam Mendes did not think Daniel Craig should play Bond.
"I had cast Daniel Craig in this film I made in Chicago called Road To Perdition about 15 years ago and it was his first big American film,” Mendes said. “Then the role of Bond came up years later and I was called by Entertainment Weekly, a showbiz publication, and they said your old friend and collaborator has been suggested as Bond, what do you think? I said 'terrible idea - he shouldn't do it’”
The 24th James Bond movie will be coming to UK cinemas days before its US release.
Spectre James Bond’s latest adventure will have its world premiere in London on October 26th, Sony pictures has announced. The film is the 24th movie in the James Bond franchise and sees Daniel Craig returning to the role of 007, with Skyfall director Sam Mendes behind the camera once again.
Spectre will hit UK cinemas before anywhere else in the world.
As well as premiering on October 26th, for the first time ever the film will also hit cinemas across the UK and Ireland on the same day, meaning British and Irish audiences will be the first in the world to see the latest Bond adventure.
Simon Pegg had revealed that the Bond actor would be making a very short guest appearance as a Stormtrooper in the new movie.
Daniel Craig has rubbished the notion of making a cameo appearance in the forthcoming Star Wars movie, after Simon Pegg let slip by accident that the big screen icon will be making a brief turn as a Stormtrooper.
The James Bond actor, busy putting the finishing touches on his fourth movie as the British spy Spectre, gave pretty short shrift to the rumour when it was raised in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
Daniel Craig shooting the new James Bond movie Spectre in London in May 2015
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According to reports James Bond is headed to Broadway in late 2017 or early 2018.
Work has reportedly begun on a musical based on James Bond which will written by Merry Saltzman, the daughter of legendary 007 film producer Harry Saltzman. Saltzman has confirmed she’s secured the rights to write the musical based on the Bond character, which is due to hit the stage in late 2017 or early 2018.
Are you ready for James Bond: The Musical?
According to Playbill.com the show has been concisely titled James Bond: The Musical and will have a book by Keeping Hannah Waiting novelist Dave Clarke and music and lyrics by country composer Jay Henry Weisz.
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The ‘Luther’ actor is one of the hot favourites to take over from Daniel Craig.
Idris Elba has long been rumoured to be the next in line to play James Bond once Daniel Craig steps down from the franchise later this year. But while ‘The Wire’ actor has previously stated he would take on the role, Elba has now dismissed any rumours as pure speculation.
Idris Elba has spoken about the rumours that he’ll be the next Bond.
“It’s just a rumour. I have no idea,” Elba told the Radio Times when asked about being joint favourite at the bookies with Damian Lewis to replace Daniel Craig. The rumours about Elba taking over the 007 role started when when a leaked Sony email stated that the actor “should be the next Bond”.
Sir Roger, now 87, told The Sun that only Sean Connery is holding out on the idea.
Sir Roger Moore, the veteran actor perhaps best known for his stint at portraying James Bond, has made the extraordinary revelation that there are plans afoot for an unofficial James Bond movie similar to The Expendables, which will feature all the old 007 actors.
In an interview with British tabloid paper The Sun, the 87 year old actor claimed that producers are hoping to feature him, GEORGE LAZENBY, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan in a feature film – but at the same time admitted that Sean Connery isn’t interested.
Sir Roger Moore would be interested in the mooted 'Expendables'-esque unofficial Bond movie which would feature all the old 007 actors
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Odds have been slashed on the ‘Homeland’ star becoming the first red-headed 007.
‘Homeland’ star Damian Lewis has emerged as one of the frontrunners to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond, after a string of bets caused bookies to slash their odds on the actor. Current Bond Daniel Craig is widely believed to be stepping down as 007 later this year following the release of his fourth film in the franchise, Spectre.
Can you picture Damian Lewis as 007?
Bookie William Hill is now offering 6/4 odds on Lewis becoming the next Bond, having previously put him at 25/1. The move comes after a flurry of £200 bets were recently placed on the ‘Homeland’ actor.
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We're nearly halfway through a great year for big-budget movies and the best is yet to come.
Cast your mind back to 2014, a year in which US box-office takings fell by 5% compared to the previous year. There were many memorable films, from Oscar winners like Birdman to highly anticipated adventures like Interstellar.
Interstellar's $673million tally wasn't out of this world
But what 2014 lacked was a consistent stream of killer blockbuster titles. Sure, there was Transformers: Age of Extinction - 2014's biggest film - and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the year's next highest-grossing movie. And superhero fans were well-catered for, with Guardians of the Galaxy topping a list that included Captain America, X-Men and Spider-Man.
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Date of birth
2nd March, 1968