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"One of the things I was criticized for was that I looked like a bad guy, but I was happy with that because I think true good guys have to step into the dark side to do their job. I wanted people to question Bond's morals and his judgment."
― Daniel Craig

Daniel Wroughton Craig (born March 2, 1968) is an English actor, who portrayed James Bond in five films, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre and No Time to Die. Born the year after the release of You Only Live Twice, Craig is the first James Bond actor to be born after the start of the film series, also making him the first Bond actor to be born after Ian Fleming died. Much media attention has also been given to him for being the "blondest" official Bond actor.

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Daniel Craig as James Bond

As early as February 2005, Craig had been named in the media as a possible contender to replace Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. On April 6, 2005 Craig was reported to have been signed by EON Productions as part of a three-film contract worth £15 million, however, this news was later debunked by the BBC who contacted EON for an official report. According to Craig, MGM offered him the role but the Broccoli family never got in touch with him.

Finally, on October 14, 2005, Eon Productions named Daniel Craig as the sixth actor to portray 007, taking over from Pierce Brosnan. Craig signed a three-film contract, with the first, Casino Royale, to begin filming in January 2006 with an expected release of November 2006.

The announcement was made at noon in London at HMS President, a Royal Naval Reserve station at St. Katharine Docks, on the banks of the River Thames downstream of Tower Bridge.

Craig retired from the role of James Bond with his final Bond film, No Time to Die, released in 2021.[1] Acknowledging the fact release of No Time to Die was delayed more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Craig's sixteen years as the incumbent James Bond (counting from 2005's casting announcement to the release of his final film in the fall of 2021) stands as the longest tenure to date among the actors who have played the part, exceeding previous record-holder Roger Moore's 13-year run (between casting in 1972 and the release of his final Bond film in 1985).

Selected Filmography[]

Daniel Craig 4 Movie Blu-Ray Collection
Year Title Role Other notes
2021 No Time To Die James Bond James Bond Film
2015 Spectre James Bond James Bond Film
2012 Skyfall James Bond James Bond Film
2012 Happy & Glorious James Bond Short Film
2012 Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 Himself Documentary
2010 GoldenEye 007: Reloaded James Bond James Bond Video Game
2010 Blood Stone James Bond James Bond Video Game
2008 Quantum of Solace James Bond James Bond Video Game
2008 Quantum of Solace James Bond James Bond Film
2006 Casino Royale James Bond James Bond Film


  • Due to being the "blondest" Bond actor, Hollywood has nicknamed him 'James Blonde'.
  • Both Craig and Sean Bean have appeared in the ITV series, Sharpe.
  • Both Craig and Eva Green later starred in the fantasy movie, The Golden Compass, released in 2007.
  • With around 235 kill count records, Craig's Bond is deemed as the most lethal one.
  • While Sean Connery has made the most appearances as Bond, Craig is currently the longest-serving actor to portray the character, having played Bond for 15 years.
    • He is also the first Bond actor to play James Bond in three different decades (the 2000s, the 2010s and the 2020s).
  • Craig worked with Ana de Armas in the film Knives Out, released in 2019, and would later recommend Armas for the role of Paloma in No Time to Die.
  • Craig also worked with his Spectre co-star Dave Bautista again in the film, Glass Onion, released in 2022 and the sequel to Knives Out.


External links[]


  1. Ellis-Petersen, Hannah. "Daniel Craig confirms he will play James Bond again", The Guardian, August 16 2017. Retrieved on 13 October 2021. 

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