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.
Barbara Broccoli reportedly thinks Hiddleston doesn't have what it takes to play 007.
The seemingly interminable speculation about who is set to become the next James Bond actor have taken another turn, with the revelation that Tom Hiddleston stands little chance of landing the part because, according to a producer, he’s “too smug”.
Bond chief Barbara Broccoli is reportedly not enamoured with the idea of The Night Manager actor Hiddleston, 35, playing 007 in the future, according to a new report by the New York Post’s Page Six.
“Barbara Broccoli doesn’t like Tom Hiddleston, he’s a bit too smug and not tough enough to play James Bond," a source told the publication on Wednesday (April 5th).
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The star, who plays Miss Moneypenny in the films, was speaking after collecting an OBE
Newly appointed Order of the British Empire, Naomie Harris has revealed she thinks Daniel Craig could be back as Bond for the next 007 instalment. The Oscar-nominated actress said she thinks there’s a "very good chance" the second-longest serving Bond will return after speculation last year that he may quit.
Naomie Harris was made an OBE for her services to drama
The star, who plays Miss Moneypenny in Craig’s current revamp, was speaking after being awarded an OBE for her services to drama by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Craig was rumoured to have been offered $150 million for two more Bond movies earlier this month.
Speculation about the identity of the next James Bond actor has been raging for what seems like forever, but one of the executive producers of the movies has hinted that they very much want Daniel Craig to remain in the role.
“I know they’re hoping for him to come back,” executive producer Callum McDougall told BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme on Friday (September 30th). He has worked on nine James Bond movies, including the four that Daniel Craig has starred in – Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.
Bond chiefs want Daniel Craig to return as 007
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Norton, a star of British TV dramas 'Happy Valley' and 'Grantchester', has emerged as the overwhelming favourite to replace Daniel Craig as 007.
‘War & Peace’ star James Norton has rapidly emerged as the red-hot favourite to land the vacant spot as the next James Bond, with the actor overtaking Tom Hiddleston, Tom Hardy and Aidan Turner in many bookies’ eyes.
The 30 year old actor is now considered as the overwhelming favourite to land the coveted licence to kill now that Daniel Craig has quit the role after four movies. ‘Poldark’ star Aidan Turner had recently risen to the top of many bookies’ lists, but the BBC announced on Wednesday (July 6th) that he was on board for a third series of the historical drama, effectively removing him from the running.
In the wake of this, many bookies reported an “unprecedented” number of bets being placed on Norton landing the part, to the extent that many suspended betting altogether.
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According to Craig’s pal the actor is done playing Bond after 10 years.
Daniel Craig’s future as James Bond has been uncertain even before the release of Spectre in December, but it seems the actor really is done as 007. According to his friend and co-star in 90’s tv series 'Our Friends In The North', Mark Strong, Craig feels he’s done what he wants to with Bond and will not be returning for another movie.
Mark Strong says Daniel Craig is done with Bond.
Speaking to ShortList about his upcoming comedy Grimsby, Strong who has starred in spy comedy Kingsman, was asked if he’d be up for playing a Bond villain. “Do you know what, I’d have loved to have played the villain in a Bond movie while Daniel was doing it because he’s a pal and that would have been great,” Strong answered.
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The Bond film has beaten Harry Potter to the top sport of highest first week takings.
'Spectre' breaks box office records with over £40 million ($60 million) in takings from its first week - and that's just in the UK! With numbers like that, it's particularly hard to believe Daniel Craig is considering leaving the franchise of his own accord.
'Spectre' is predictably a record breaker
Unsurprisingly, the hotly anticipated new James Bond film has spectacularly surpassed the success of predecessor 'Skyfall' on its opening day, taking in a record-breaking £6.3 million to 'Skyfall''s £6.2 million ($9.6 million). But now it's broken the record for the highest takings at the UK box office in the first week, beating Alfonso Cuarón's 2004 film 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'.
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He also felt lucky to have Monica Bellucci as his Bond girl.
As the release of the 24th James Bond movie Spectre approached, Daniel Craig was quoted as saying he'd happily do several more 007 films, then saying he'd rather cut himself with broken glass, then finally relenting and noting that he'll make up his mind later.
Daniel Craig hasn't decided if he wants to continue with James Bond
Yes, the 47-year-old actor is notorious for honestly expressing his thoughts, which keeps the press on its toes. And you can hardly blame him for wavering. "This has been two years in the making, so realistically speaking, I went from Skyfall onto this. There wasn't a gap for me," Craig says, noting that Spectre's scale made it even more epic to make. "We didn't have a choice, we had to be bigger and better. With Skyfall, we set something in motion, and we wanted to go a bit further with it and experiment a bit more. But it's a Bond movie. You've got to make it look as beautiful and as glamorous as possible."
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Mendes had initially said that he didn't want to direct the sequel to 'Skyfall' after it was released, but spoke about what had changed his mind.
With Spectre set to pull in a vast amount of revenue, possibly record-setting, at the UK box office this weekend, director Sam Mendes has spoken about what motivated him to return to direct another James Bond movie.
In the aftermath of the colossal success of Skyfall in 2012, the celebrated director initially said that he wouldn’t helm the follow-up. However, the 50 year old told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview for their October 30th issue that it took a bit of distance and perspective for him to come around to the idea, despite strong overtures from the Broccoli family.
Sam Mendes spoke about why he returned to direct 'Spectre'
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge weren't the only special guests at the Royal James Bond screening.
The world premiere of the new James Bond film 'Spectre' was a Royal affair last night (October 26th 2015), as the red carpet played host to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (aka Prince William and Kate Middleton) as well as the stellar cast led by Daniel Craig and a number of other superstar faces from Shirley Bassey to Martin Freeman.
Lea Seydoux, Daniel Craig and Monica Bellucci at 'Spectre' premiere
The Royal Film Performance took place at the Royal Albert Hall in London in association with the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF); a charity that raises money for people working behind the scenes in the movie and television industry who have suffered financial setbacks in their lives. As well as the future King and his wife, Prince Harry was also spotted at the event, while previous events have even seen the Queen herself in attendance.
For his latest adventure, James Bond mixes the personal drama of Skyfall with the vintage globe-hopping action of the previous 23 movies. The result is an epic thriller packed with exhilarating set-pieces and dark surprises. Again directed by Sam Mendes, the film has a meaty tone from the astounding pre-titles sequence in Mexico City to the climax in North African. And it takes its time to build the suspense, mystery and drama in ways few blockbusters bother to do.
After the calamitous events at Skyfall, Bond (Daniel Craig) has gone rogue, following a videotaped message from his late boss (Judi Dench) to track a villain to Mexico, then continuing to Rome, where he woos the grieving widow (Monica Bellucci). Pursued by relentless goon Mr Hinx (Dave Bautista), he travels onward to Austria, he confronts an old nemesis (Jesper Christiansen), whose daughter Madeleine (Lea Seydoux) joins Bond to travel to Morocco to face the shady top boss Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz) in his secret lair. Meanwhile in London, the new M (Ralph Fiennes) is fighting to to keep MI6 in operation as new boss C (Andrew Scott) works to restructure British security as part of a global conglomerate.
Mendes stages this on a massive scale, with huge action sequences that are never rushed or choppy, beautifully shot by ace cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema. And it's all underpinned by darker personal drama between the characters, so every sequence features thoughtful conversation, witty banter, more clues to the larger mystery and then thrilling action. And as 007 hops from location to location filling in the bigger picture, the film feels like all of the classic Bond movies rolled into one.
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Date of birth
2nd March, 1968
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