Daniel Craig

Last updated on the 10 June 2024 by Maeve

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Mini Biography

Born: 2 March, 1968, Chester, England.

Daniel Craig wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth. His parents, a merchant seaman turned pub landlord and an art teacher, nurtured his artistic side. Even at a young age, his passion for acting shone through in school plays like “Oliver!” and “Romeo and Juliet.” At 16, his determination took him to London to audition for the National Youth Theatre. This marked the beginning of a journey that would transform him from a struggling teenager waiting tables into a global icon.

Sienna Miller and Daniel Craig in Layer Cake
Sienna Miller and Daniel Craig in Layer Cake

Daniel Craig attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 1991. He started his career on the stage, a path many respected British actors take. His early film appearances were modest, including a supporting role in the anti-apartheid drama “The Power of One” (1992). However, his breakout performance came in the BBC miniseries “Our Friends in the North” (1996). This sprawling drama showcased his range, demanding him to age his character over nine episodes.

The late 90s and early 2000s saw Craig steadily building his filmography. He impressed audiences with his intensity in films like “Elizabeth” (1998), where he played a memorable turn as Queen Elizabeth I’s ill-fated lover. He brought a steely presence to action films like “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” (2001) and “Road to Perdition” (2002). His talent for portraying complex characters was evident in independent films like “Layer Cake” (2004) and the chilling “Munich” (2005).

Daniel Craig and Ana de Armas in No Time to Die
Daniel Craig and Ana de Armas in No Time to Die

In 2006, Craig’s life took a seismic shift. He was cast as the sixth James Bond, a role coveted by countless actors. The announcement was met with skepticism from some fans, who questioned his suitability for the suave, martini-loving secret agent. However, Craig silenced the doubters with his portrayal in “Casino Royale” (2006). His Bond was a grittier, more emotionally vulnerable take on the character, a refreshing departure from the past.

He went on to reprise the role in four more films, culminating in the critically acclaimed “No Time to Die” (2021). Craig’s Bond reignited the franchise, proving he could deliver the action and charm expected while adding depth to the character.

Daniel Craige was married to actress Fiona Loudon from 1992 to 1994. In 2011, he married actress Rachel Weisz, with whom he shares a child. 

 

Suggested viewing

 

Archangel (2005)

Archangel poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.4

A British professor in Russia stumbles upon a secret about Stalin’s death. Aided by a former agent’s daughter, he chases clues across the country, pursued by both government forces and a mysterious organisation. Their quest for a hidden notebook threatens to rewrite history and expose a dangerous truth. 

Top cast: Daniel Craig, 

 

No Time to Die (2021)

No Time to Die poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.3

Retired James Bond is lured out of his peaceful life by a former colleague to rescue a kidnapped scientist. The mission unveils a villain with terrifying new technology, forcing Bond to confront a haunting secret and risk everything for those he loves. 

Top cast: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Billy Magnussen, Christoph Waltz. 

 

Skyfall (2019)

Skyfall poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.8 

When a mission goes awry, James Bond faces dire consequences as undercover agents are exposed and MI6 is attacked. M relocates the agency, leaving Bond as her only trusted ally. Teaming up with field agent Eve (Naomie Harris), he delves into the shadows to confront Silva, an enemy from M’s past seeking revenge.

Top cast: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Albert Finney, Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw. 

 

Our Friends in the North (1996)

Our Friends in the North

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.6

“Our Friends in the North” is an acclaimed British drama series spanning several decades, following four friends from Newcastle upon Tyne as they navigate personal and political challenges. Their lives intertwine with the changing social landscape of post-war Britain, exploring themes of friendship, love, ambition and corruption along the way.

Top cast: Christopher Eccleston, Gina McKee, Mark Strong, Daniel Craig, Peter Vaughan, David Bradley, Malcolm McDowell, Freda Dowie.

 

Casino Royale (2006)

Casino Royale (2006) 

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 8.0 

Newly minted secret agent James Bond is tasked with foiling a terrorist financier in a high-stakes poker game. As he navigates the dangerous world of espionage, betrayal, and seduction, Bond must confront his own demons and face off against a formidable adversary who holds the fate of the world in his hands.

Top cast: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, Caterina Murino, Simon Abkarian, Isaach De Bankolé. 

 

Layer Cake (2004)

Layer Cake poster with Daniel Craig

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.3

A suave and intelligent drug dealer, known only as “XXXX”, plans to retire from the criminal underworld. However, he is pulled back into one last risky job involving stolen ecstasy pills, a missing girl and a web of double-crossing criminals. XXXX must traverse treacherous alliances to survive and escape unscathed.

Top cast: Daniel Craig, Colm Meaney, George Harris, Sally Hawkins, Kenneth Cranham, Jamie Foreman, Sienna Miller, Michael Gambon.

 

Spectre (2015)

Spectre poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.3

A cryptic message leads James Bond on a rogue mission, uncovering a dangerous global organisation (SPECTRE). With the backing of a reluctant ally, he races to expose their plans and a shocking connection to his past, all while facing a ruthless leader and a battle for the future of his agency. 

Top cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, Rory Kinnear. 

 

Quantum of Solace (2008)

Quantum of Solace poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.5

Haunted by betrayal, a vengeful Bond chases a ruthless businessman exploiting a coup to control a nation’s resources. Aided by a woman seeking her own revenge, he confronts his inner demons while facing high-octane action and a shadowy organisation with global reach. 

Top cast: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench, Giancarlo Giannini, Gemma Arterton, Jeffrey Wright, David Harbour, Jesper Christensen, Anatole Taubman, Rory Kinnear, Tim Pigott-Smith. 

 

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