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.
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Brosnan, who played 007 four times from 1995-2002, believes the franchise has become too dark under Daniel Craig's stewardship.
65 year old Brosnan, who starred in four of the franchise’s films, last played 007 in 2002’s Die Another Day. Since then, Daniel Craig has overseen a revival in the series’ credibility and commercial fortunes, but his predecessor told The Rake that he had concerns about the direction the Bond films had taken.
“I knew there had been a seismic shift, and little did I know I was going to be part of that in the curtain falling on my contract,” Brosnan explained, adding that it was down to the rise in more serious spy films like The Bourne Identity, which was released the same year as his final James Bond movie.
They will reunite for the 25th film in the James Bond franchise.
It's been confirmed that Danny Boyle will join spy movie royalty as he is announced to direct the forthcoming James Bond movie, currently under the working title of 'Bond 25'. It marks his first reunion with star Daniel Craig since their 2012 Olympics short movie, and thus is makes for an appropriate pairing.
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The 25th Bond film is an important point in film history, and speculation about who will direct and who will portray the legendary British spy has been rife since the release of the last movie 'Spectre' in 2015. Now we know that Daniel Craig has at least one more movie in him, and the introduction of Danny Boyle at the helm is certainly most exciting.
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The actor's wife, Rachel Weisz, is pregnant with their first child together
British acting couple Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig sent showbiz fans into whirlwinds of excitement when they announced they are expecting their first child together due later this year. However, it seems that exciting news could have a knock-on effect for fans of 007 as reports surface the release date of the newest James bond could be pushed back to accommodate Rachel's pregnancy.
The Hollywood couple are expecting their first child together later this year
The latest outing of the secret spy was shrouded in doubt but Daniel Craig has since been confirmed as the titular character and Danny Boyle has since been confirmed as the film’s director.
The couple are expecting their first child together, Weisz revealed this week.
The actress, a star of films such as The Lobster and My Cousin Rachel, revealed in a new interview with the New York Times that she is pregnant. “I’ll be showing soon,” she told the newspaper on Thursday (April 19th).
“Daniel and I are so happy. We’re going to have a little human. We can’t wait to meet him or her. It’s all such a mystery.”
The Trainspotting director revealed he's attached to the project after much speculation
The next James Bond film has been shrouded in speculation with the will he won’t he return question looming large over current incumbent Daniel Craig ever since an ill-fated interview where he declared he would rather slash his wrists than play the titular character again. However, Bond fans got some good news about the 25th film when director Danny Boyle admitted he was attached to it.
Danny Boyle will spearhead the next James Bond film
Ending months of speculation, Trainspotting filmmaker Boyle appears to have confirmed that he is writing and directing the next outing for the quintessentially British spy.
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The ‘Happy Valley’ actor has suddenly become the bookies’ favourite for the role.
The ‘Happy Valley’ actor has recently overtaken Tom Hardy as the bookies favourite for the next 007, with Coral bookmaker giving him odds of 1-2. But despite the hype, the actor says fans should keep their money.
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Apple and Amazon have joined the race for the distribution rights to the next Bond film, coming out in 2019.
Tech giants Amazon and Apple have joined the race to buy up the film distribution rights to the James Bond franchise, according to new reports.
While Warner Bros. remains in pole position to secure the rights to the British spy movie franchise – whose deal with Sony expired in 2015 upon the release of Spectre – The Hollywood Reporter believes that a pair of unlikely bidders in Amazon and Apple are competing to land the rights. MGM and Eon Productions, who co-own the rights but don’t distribute, have been hearing bids for the best part of two years.
They are prepared to spend in the same region as Warners, reckoned to be between $2 billion and $5 billion, and THR therefore believes that the digital giants are looking to tap Bond for more than just film rights and believe there is other real-estate to be had digitally.
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Good news: Steven Soderbergh's well-publicised retirement from directing only lasted about four years. He's back with this lively, relentlessly enjoyable caper that feels like a mash-up between his Ocean's Eleven and Magic Mike movies. Using America's economic situation as a launching point (without any political message), he spins a loose-limbed adventure with a gang of endearingly scruffy characters. If this is your cup of tea, it's a proper guilty pleasure.
In West Virginia, the Logan family has had a string of very bad luck, leaving Jimmy (Channing Tatum) with a dodgy knee and his younger brother Clyde (Adam Driver) with a missing arm. Their sister Mellie (Riley Keough) has so far escaped injury, so Jimmy hatches a plan to change their fortunes by robbing the Charlotte Nascar race course, which he knows inside and out because he's just been sacked from his job there. They need the help of explosives expert Joe Bang (Daniel Craig), who's in jail. So in addition to an elaborate heist, they must also plan a prison break. They also bring in Joe's nerdy gamer brothers (Jack Quaid and Brian Gleeson).
Frankly, all of these people are such misfits that no one would ever suspect them of being capable of carrying out such a complicated plan. And that's the point: it's easy to underestimate people who seem uneducated. This gives the cast plenty to play with. Tatum and particularly Driver are terrific at the centre, with their hang-dog expressions and understated skill sets. Keough gets to play the one person in the story with brains, and has a great time rampaging through each scene. But the movie is stolen by Craig, who goes wildly against type as the hilariously nutty Joe. In one classic scene, he barely contains his exasperation while explaining how to make a bomb out of gummy bears.
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Craig confirmed to Stephen Colbert on Tuesday that he would play 007 for the final time in the upcoming 2019 film.
The English actor famously said, ahead of the release of Spectre back in 2015, that he would sooner “slit his wrists” than play Bond again. However, he may now live to regret those words, after he confirmed to Stephen Colbert on US chat show ‘The Late Show’ on Tuesday night (August 15th) that he would be reprising the role one last time when the 25th movie is released in two years’ time.
“I have been quite cagey about it,” Craig admitted to Colbert. “I have been doing interviews all day and people have been asking me and I think I’ve been rather coy. But kind of felt like if I was going to speak the truth I should speak truth to you.”
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Daniel Craig - Stars of the new 007 movie 'Spectre' Daniel Craig (James Bond) and Naomie Harris (Eve Moneypenny) were snapped as they filmed scenes for the movie which is set for a 2015 release in London, United Kingdom - Monday 15th December 2014
Date of birth
2nd March, 1968
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