Daniel Wroughton Craig (born in Chester, March 2, 1968) is an English actor. His career took off with appearances in the classic Mini Series Our Friends in the North and Sharpe, and movies such as Elizabeth and Layer Cake, but he's best known for one particular role...
Chosen by producer Barbara Broccoli for the role in the 2006 reboot of the franchise, Casino Royale, he reprised it in 2008's Quantum of Solace, 2012's Skyfall, 2015's Spectre and 2020's No Time to Die. He was also used as the design base and voice of Bond in Blood Stone, the Quantum of Solace tie-in video game, and the remake of the GoldenEye 007 game for the Wii. He also escorted none other than HM The Queen in a short film for the London Olympics opening ceremony.
Despite being known primarily for Bond, Craig has had major roles in a number of other films, including Angelina Jolie's love interest / rival in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Irish mobster Conner Rooney in Road to Perdition (2002), Afrikaner Mossad team member Steve in the Spielberg directed Munich (2005), Lord Asriel in the film adaptation of The Golden Compass (2007), Dr. Ben Driscoll in The Invasion (2007), Jewish resistance leader Tuvia Bielski in Defiance (2008), protagonist Jake Lonergan of Cowboys & Aliens (2011), journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the David Fincher adaption of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Mr. Sakharine / Red Rackham in the Dream Production Team motion capture film adaption of The Adventures of Tintin, Deep South Demolitions Expert Joe Bang in Logan Lucky and gentleman sleuth Benoit Blanc in Knives Out.
He also has had a long and healthy career as a stage actor, including playing Joe in the Royal National Theatre's production of Angels in America in addition to starring in Broadway productions of A Steady Rain (opposite Hugh Jackman) and Harold Pinters Betrayal. He returned to the stage for an off Broadway production of Othello in December 2016/January 2017, playing Iago opposite David Oyelowo as the title character.
Also, Craig is one of us, being a self-described "old hand Trekkie", as well as being a fan of Firefly and, of course, Doctor Who. It was also his idea to have "Orinoco Flow" playing over a certain key scene in Dragon Tattoo.
Daniel's second wife is Rachel Weisz since June 2011.
On an unrelated sidenote, he has been said to resemble Russian President Vladimir Putin, and more bizarrely, Deborah Meaden from Dragon's Den. On a further unrelated sidenote, it's been shown as canon that he is Buffy and Faith's fantasy guy.
- The Power of One (1992) as Sgt. Jaapie Botha
- A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995) as Master Kane
- Obsession (1997) as John McHale
- Love and Rage (1998) as James Lynchehaun
- Elizabeth (1998) as John Ballard
- The Trench (1999) as Sgt. Telford Winter
- Some Voices (2000) as Ray
- Hotel Splendide (2000) as Ronald Blanche
- I Dreamed of Africa (2000) as Declan Fielding
- Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) as Alex West
- Ten Minutes Older: The Cello (2002) as Cecil Thomas
- Road to Perdition (2002) as Connor Rooney
- Sylvia (2003) as Ted Hughes
- The Mother (2003) as Darren
- Layer Cake (2004) as XXXX
- Enduring Love (2004) as Joe
- The Jacket (2005) as Rudy Mackenzie
- Fateless (2005) as an American Soldier
- Munich (2005) as Steve
- Renaissance (2006) as Barthélémy Karas
- Infamous (2006) as Perry Smith
- James Bond as Commander James Bond, codename 007
- The Invasion (2007) as Ben Driscoll
- The Golden Compass (2007) as Lord Asriel
- Flashbacks of a Fool (2008) as Joe Scot
- Defiance (2008) as Tuvia Bielski
- One Life (2011 documentary) as the narrator
- Cowboys & Aliens (2011) as Jake Lonergan
- Dream House (2011) as Will Atenton / Peter Ward
- The Adventures of Tintin (2011) as Mr. Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine / Red Rackham
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) as Mikael Blomkvist
- Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015) as Stormtrooper FN-1824 (cameo)
- Logan Lucky (2017) as Joe Bang
- Kings (2018) as Obie Harding
- Knives Out (2019) as Benoit Blanc
- Zorro (1993) as Lt. Hidalgo
- Drop the Dead Donkey (1993) as Fixx
- Young Indiana Jones (1993) as Schiller
- Between the Lines (1993) as Joe Rance
- Heartbeat (1993) as Peter Begg
- Screen Two (1993) as Lt. Guth
- Sharpe's Eagle (1993) as Lt. Berry
- Our Friends in the North (1996) as Geordie Peacock
- Tales from the Crypt (1996) as Barry
- Saint-Ex (1996) as Guillaumet
- Kiss and Tell (1996) as Matt Kearney
- The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (1996) as James "Jemmy" Seagrave
- The Hunger (1997) as Jerry Pritchard
- The Ice House (1997) as DS Andy McLoughlin
- Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998) as George Dyer
- Shockers: The Visitor (1999) as Richard
- Sword of Honour (2001) as Guy Crouchback
- Copenhagen (2002) as Werner Heisenberg
- Archangel (2005) as Prof. Fluke Kelso
- Saturday Night Live (2012) as himself (host)
- Superheroes Unite for BBC Children in Need (2014) as the narrator
- Comrade Detective (2017) as Father Anton Streza (voice)
- Angels in America, Royal National Theatre - London (1993) as Joe Pitt
- Hurlyburly, The Old Vic - London (1997) as Mickey
- A Number, Royal Court - London (2002) as Bernard 1, Bernard 2 and Michael Black
- A Steady Rain, Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre - New York City (2009) as Joey
- Betrayal, Ethel Barrymore Theatre - New York City (2013) as Robert
- Othello, New York Theatre Workshop - New York City (2016) as Iago
Tropes found in his works:
- Badass Baritone: He has a deep and very smooth voice. Pretty suitable for the role of 007.
- Creator Couple: Starred with his wife Rachel Weisz in Dream House.
- Doing It for the Art: Not to the level of Tom Cruise, but Craig doesn't mind doing some particularly dangerous stunts, case in point being the train brawl in Skyfall.
- Dyeing for Your Art:
- Fake American: A few roles; The Jacket, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Cowboys & Aliens, Logan Lucky, Knives Out.
- Fake Nationality: South African in Munich and Russian in Defiance.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Like lasers.
- No Stunt Double: He does most of his stunts himself in his James Bond movies, to a degree never reached by his predecessors in the role. Which has resulted in multiple injuries.
- Promoted Fanboy:
- Southern-Fried Genius: Joe Bang from Logan Lucky and Benoit Blanc from Knives Out may sound silly with their quirks and Southern accents, but they're experts in their field (blowing up vaults and solving murder mysteries, respectively).
- Star-Making Role: While he had some recognition beforehand, he was catapulted to household name status with Casino Royale (2006).
- Those Two Actors:
- Throw It In!: The famous scene in Casino Royale (2006) of him rising out of the water just happened when he walked into a sand dune and had to stand up.
- Uncredited Role:
- What Could Have Been:
- Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: Craig and director Marc Forster were actually forced to rewrite scenes from Quantum of Solace on their own when the writer's strike of 2007/2008 impacted its production.