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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.


He was born in Chester, the son of a steel erector and an art teacher. He was brought up in Prescot, near Liverpool. He attended Hilbre High School, West Kirby (near Liverpool) and played rugby at nearby Hoylake Rugby Club. He moved to London when he was 16 to join the National Youth Theatre, later securing a place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

The Role of 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.

Daniel Craig as James Bond.

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]

Selected Filmography

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Year Title Role Other notes
2022 Knives Out 2 Detective Benoit Blanc
2021 No Time To Die James Bond James Bond Film
2019 Knives Out Detective Benoit Blanc Released
2017 Kings Obie Released
2017 Logan Lucky Joe Bang Released
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens First Order Stormtrooper Released
2015 Spectre James Bond James Bond Film
2013 One Life Narrator Voice
2012 Skyfall James Bond James Bond Film
2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Mikael Blomkvist Released
2011 The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn Red Rackham, Ivan Sakharine Voice
2011 Dream House Will Atenton, Peter Ward Released
2011 Cowboys & Aliens Jake Lonergan Released
2010 GoldenEye 007: Reloaded James Bond James Bond Video Game
2010 Blood Stone James Bond James Bond Video Game
2008 Defiance Tuvia Bielski Released
2008 Quantum of Solace James Bond James Bond Film
2008 Flashbacks of a Fool Joe Scot Released
2007 The Golden Compass Lord Asriel Released
2007 The Invasion Ben Driscoll Released
2006 Casino Royale James Bond James Bond Film
2006 Infamous Perry Smith Released
2006 Renaissance Barthélémy Karas Voice
2005 Munich Steve Released
2005 Archangel Dr. Fluke Kelso Television Drama
2005 Fateless US Army Sergeant Released
2005 The Jacket Rudy Mackenzie Released
2004 Layer Cake XXXX Released
2004 Enduring Love Joe Released
2003 Sylvia Ted Hughs Released
2003 The Mother Darren Released
2002 Ten Minutes Older: The Cello Cecil Released
2002 Road to Perdition Connor Rooney Released
2001 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Alex West Released
2000 Some Voices Ray Released
2000 I Dreamed of Africa Declan Fielding Released
1999 The Trench Sgt. Telford Winter Released
1998 Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon George Dyer Released
1998 Elizabeth John Ballard Released
1997 Obsession John McHale Released
1996 Our Friends in the North George "Geordie" Peacock Television Drama
1995 A Kid in King Arthur's Court Master Kane Released
1992 The Power of One Sgt. Botha Released



Daniel Craig says farewell to James Bond

  • 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.
  • 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).

Personal life

His first marriage, from 1992–1994, was to actress Fiona Loudon, with whom he has a daughter, Ella. After that marriage ended, he later was in two serious relationships, one with German actress Heike Makatsch that ended in 2001, and with American film producer Satsuki Mitchell, which lasted from 2004 to 2010. He was also rumored to have had an affair with his Layer Cake co-star Sienna Miller in 2005.

Craig and Rachel Weisz, his co-star in the film Dream House, started dating in December 2010 and were married on June 22, 2011 in a small ceremony in New York with only four guests including Craig's daughter Ella and Weisz's son Henry. The couple had been friends for many years before their relationship turned romantic while working on Dream House. Craig and Weisz had their daughter, born on September 1, 2018.

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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