Daniel Craig
English actor
Daniel Craig
Daniel Wroughton Craig is an English actor best known for playing British secret agent James Bond in a 2006 reboot of the film series, which started in 1962. Craig is an alumnus of the National Youth Theatre and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and began his career on stage. His early on screen appearances were in the films Elizabeth, The Power of One and A Kid in King Arthur's Court, and on Sharpe's Eagle and Zorro in television.
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On the Culture Front: Othello, The Tempest, Alternative Valentine's Day Gifts and more
Huffington Post - 17 days
Even in the dark of winter, New York shines with creativity of all stripes that make me happy to be here over any warmer climate. The past month or so has been no exception. New York Theatre Workshop put on Sam Gold's incredible production of "Othello" set in modern day wartime. Countless articles featured its stars Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo, who undoubtedly gave searing first-rate performances. Craig brought a gentle seduction and even humanity to the quintessential villain of Iago while David Oyelowo painted a vivid portrait of a good man destroyed by bad information. What haunts me though is the way Rachel Brosnahan's Desdemona pleaded in vein for her life. Full of passion and sincerity and utterly in the right by any objective court of opinion, she's done in by the misinformation that's rotted Othello's soul. "Made in China" is a wild fever dream musical sung by lonely puppets on a harebrained adventure but writer/directors Gwendolyn Warnock and Kirjan Waage were inspired b ...
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John Oliver Once Again Addresses Possibility Of Being Cast As The Next James Bond
Huffington Post - 19 days
Daniel Craig doesn’t seem interested in playing James Bond ever again. But as “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert pointed out Tuesday night, no one (except some Sony executives in a shadowy cave deep beneath the Hollywood sign) knows who’ll be the next actor chosen to take on the role.  Enter John Oliver, the ostensible English stereotype who showed up as a guest on Colbert’s show ahead of the premiere of his hit HBO series, “Last Week Tonight.” “Has your name ever ...” Colbert suggested, prompting supportive cheers from the audience. “It would be a bold choice! No one would see that coming.” “Fair point, fair point,” Oliver admitted. He’d make a good pick, he said, “if they really want to throw a curveball, if they really want to say to the world, ‘Listen, if we’re doing everything different, here’s your f**king Bond right here.’” As Colbert pointed out, Oliver as Bond would be more fitting than he may initially seem. Ian Fleming, creator of the iconic chara ...
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A United Kingdom: It's Good to be King
Huffington Post - 20 days
David Oyelowo, so brilliant in a recent theater production of Othello, playing the king against Daniel Craig's Iago, is now a king again in Amma Asante's A United Kingdom. Groomed to take the throne of Botswana, Seretse Khama is studying in London where he meets an office girl, Ruth Williams (the lovely, angelic Rosamund Pike). They fall in love. Let us just say, in this period drama based on a true story, the racism works both ways; and the colonialism is in-your-face exploitative. Some lines in this movie had the audience cheering: one wag, predicting the white woman would not last as the king's wife in dusty Africa opines, "Wait till she finds out, there's no Buckingham Palace in Botswana." And when Ruth Williams is picked out of the typing pool, she asserts, "I'm no office girl." Every time a British official condescends to the king, he offers a sherry, a double dig as in Botswana the blacks are not allowed to drink. A pleased premiere crowd--including the director, cast and ...
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Idris Elba Cracks Up While Getting Dating Advice From Kids
Huffington Post - 24 days
Love is a complicated game. Luckily for Idris Elba, kids are game experts. The actor is currently teaming up with Omaze to raise money for nonprofit W.E. Can Lead by raffling off an Idris Elba Valentine’s Day date. But before the big day, Elba needs some guidance.  The actor got dancing lessons, learned to always agree with his date, and found out that he should follow certain diet restrictions. “Don’t eat beans,” said one girl. “’Cause you’ll fart.”   Sage advice. Elba also gave a knowing look to the camera after another girl said her ideal date is James Bond. Elba was rumored to be a candidate to take over the Bond role after Daniel Craig. With all this new advice, he might be smooth enough to pull it off. James Bond would never eat beans. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo in Othello: The Moor Goes Down
Huffington Post - about 1 month
At the much celebrated New York Theatre Workshop production of Othello, Andrew Lieberman's austere set looks like the inside of a packing crate as the audience files in, taking seats on three sides; mattresses are strewn about the floor, as if we are inside a military barrack. Under the imaginative direction of Sam Gold, the play starts in the dark. This is Shakespeare's play, after all, and the black fixes you immediately on the bard's poetry. By the time lights go on, you are prepared to witness Iago's (superb Daniel Craig) cunning, brutal betrayal of the naïve, besotted Othello (David Oyelowo, equally Craig's match in excellence). Jane Cox's lighting creates the intimacy of a bedroom for vigorous lovemaking, and an arena for fierce man-to-man combat. You are not likely to find theater this engaging, this terrific, this season. The fine supporting cast features Rachel Brosnahan as Desdemona, Marsha Stephanie Blake as Emilia, and Finn Wittrock as Cassio. The dead count is increased ...
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Random Flicks Worth Checking Out This Week
Huffington Post - about 2 months
***PLEASE POST IN HUFFINGTON POST CANADA. THANKS!!*** What we've got here is a list of good and bad blockbusters, MOWs, B-movies, and everything in between. And they're decidedly, unabashedly random. Why not roll the dice this week? Casino Royale Where to find it: Hulu The cast: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Wright The synopsis: "Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007 and must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale." Think of Casino Royale as the Batman Begins of the James Bond franchise. Producers finally decided to strip away the gloss, the gadgets, and the myriad catch-phrases. End result: a badass Bond who's seriously cool to watch. Best of all, he's not annoyingly superhuman like other Bonds I could name (I'm looking at you, Roger Moore). So anyway, this is the James Bond movie that started it all! Even though, you know, it only came out a few years ago. Hey, ...
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'Othello' Minus The Poetry
Wall Street Journal - 2 months
The New York Theater Workshop’s production, starring Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo, reduces Shakespeare’s portrait of the human soul in extremis to an off-the-rack buddy flick.
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Aisle View: Iago On Stage
Huffington Post - 3 months
David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig in Othello Photo: Chad Batka That green-eyed monster is back in town, down at NYTW. With a steely-determined Daniel Craig whispering Iago's innuendos into Daniel Oyelowo's ear, we watch in fascination as the claws close 'round the poor Moor of Venice. While Shakespeare's tragedy will always end as it must, Oyelowo's Othello doesn't stand a chance. This is the hottest-ticket Shakespeare in off-Broadway history, thanks to the presence of superstar Craig (who has been the screen's James Bond since 2006). Oyelowo is a movie star too, of "Selma" (where he played Martin Luther King) and "The Butler." The other star of this Othello, though he doesn't sell tickets, is director Sam Gold of The Flick, Fun Home et al. Gold, when working with revivals (as opposed to new plays), has a tendency of settling on sometimes severe concepts which allows us to see said plays with a new eye. This doesn't necessarily always work out (remember his Look Bac ...
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If Joe Jonas Played Gay, Here's Who His Dream Co-Star Would Be
Huffington Post - 3 months
Thanks to his boy-next-door charm and a slew of catchy pop tunes, Joe Jonas has garnered a substantial gay fanbase. If Jonas opted to follow in the footsteps of his younger brother, Nick, and play a gay role on television or in a movie, he has some definite ideas on who his romantic interests could be. The 27-year-old actor-singer jokingly professed his interest in starring opposite an “older, mature” man in a new interview with PrideSource. “I’d say for sure Daniel Craig. I think Matthew McConaughey is a hunk of a man,” he said. “I’d have to go with George Clooney.” The DNCE frontman, who has been romantically linked to “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner in recent weeks, didn’t hold back throughout the rest of the interview. He and his DNCE bandmates made a deliberate choice to spice things up on their debut album with songs like “Be Mean,” which rivals Rihanna’s “S&M” as a pop anthem for, well, S&M.  “It’s definitely fun when you bring some whips and leather and ...
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For David Oyelowo, the Time Has Come to Play Othello
NYTimes - 3 months
He will play the title role in a modern-dress production of “Othello,” featuring the action star Daniel Craig.
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The Public Is the Land of 'Plenty'
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
Daniel Craig, Sienna Miller and more at the Public Theater’s revival of ‘Plenty,’ starring Rachel Weisz.
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James Bond producers still want Daniel Craig for the next movie
Fox News - 5 months
Despite Craig being 'over it,' producer Callum McDougall insists that Craig is still the first choice to play 007.....
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Daniel Craig still first choice for Bond, says producer
Reuters.com - 5 months
LONDON (Reuters) - The team behind the James Bond films wants Daniel Craig to return as 007, the spy series' executive producer said on Friday, even after the British actor said he would rather slash his wrists than appear again.
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Super PAC That Seemingly Scammed Daniel Craig Is Fined
Huffington Post - 6 months
The Federal Election Commission today announced a $7,150 fine against a shady super PAC that seemingly scammed nearly $50,000 from “James Bond” actor Daniel Craig as well as additional funds from scores of lesser-known donors. The super PAC, known as Americans Socially United, was launched in 2015 to support Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who had denounced super PACs — and Americans Socially United in particular — during his primary bid against Hillary Clinton. It was operated by alleged fraudster Cary Lee Peterson, a self-described “congressional lobbyist and election campaign guru” who the FBI arrested earlier this year in connection with a securities fraud case. Peterson’s super PAC failed to file a mandatory campaign finance report earlier this year that would have detailed its financial activity between July and December of last year. That’s the period during which Craig — a British actor who is also a U.S. resident legally able to make pol ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Daniel Craig
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 46
    Craig's fourth Bond film, Spectre, premiered in 2015.
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  • 2014
    Age 45
    Craig's fourth Bond film, Spectre, began filming in December 2014 and was released on 26 October 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Craig has described his portrayal of Bond as an anti-hero: "The question I keep asking myself while playing the role is, 'Am I the good guy or just a bad guy who works for the good side?' Bond's role, after all, is that of an assassin when you come down to it.
    In August 2014, he added his name to a letter to British broadcasters calling for better representation for ethnic minorities.
    More Details Hide Details In April 2015, the United Nations appointed Craig the first global advocate for the elimination of mines and explosive hazards. The role will involve raising awareness for the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), and political and financial support for the cause. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Craig: "You have been given a licence to kill, I'm now giving you a licence to save." In regard to his religious beliefs, Craig has been reluctant to discuss the matter. However, during an interview undertaken regarding the apparent anti-religious message of the 2007 film, The Golden Compass, in which Craig starred, he stated: "I've never been religious and I’m not a church-goer, but I do find religion fascinating because it has such a huge impact on our lives".
    Craig was set to star in the courtroom drama The Whole Truth directed by Courtney Hunt. In April 2014 just a few days before filming was set to commence he dropped out of the project for unknown reasons replaced a month later by Keanu Reeves.
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  • 2012
    Age 43
    Craig also made a guest appearance as Bond in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, alongside Queen Elizabeth II.
    More Details Hide Details Craig was born in Chester, Cheshire. His mother, Carol Olivia (née Williams), was an art teacher, and his father, Timothy John Wroughton Craig, was the landlord of the pubs Ring o' Bells in Frodsham, Cheshire and the Boot Inn in Tarporley, Cheshire, having served as a midshipman in the Merchant Navy. Craig has distant French Huguenot ancestry. Huguenot minister Daniel Chamier is among his ancestors, as is Sir William Burnaby, 1st Baronet. Craig's middle name, Wroughton, comes from his great-great-grandmother Grace Matilda Wroughton.
  • 2011
    Age 42
    In 2011, he collaborated with Dame Judi Dench to highlight gender inequality for International Women's Day.
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    In 2011, he starred in Dream House, a psychological thriller directed by Jim Sheridan and co-starring Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts and Marton Csokas.
    More Details Hide Details It garnered mostly negative reviews and low box office results. Craig co-starred with Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde in Cowboys & Aliens, an American science fiction Western film, based on Scott Mitchell Rosenberg's 2006 graphic novel of the same name. Craig hosted the American late-night live television sketch comedy Saturday Night Live on 6 October 2012. He and his wife starred in the Broadway play titled Betrayal. It began performances in October 2013, and continued until January 2014. Despite mixed reviews, it grossed $17.5 million, becoming the second highest broadway play of 2013.
  • 2009
    Age 40
    He co-starred with Hugh Jackman in a limited engagement of the drama A Steady Rain, on Broadway, which played from 10 September through 6 December 2009 at the Schoenfeld Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details His performance received praise from the New York Times, with the reviewer writing "Mr. Craig, a highly reputable stage actor in London (“Angels in America,” “A Number”) before he became the screen’s sixth James Bond, creates a more complete portrait as Joey." In August 2010, Craig was cast as crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist in David Fincher's 2011 adaptation of Stieg Larsson's novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 39
    In 2008's Defiance, he played Tuvia Bielski, a Jewish resistance fighter in the forests of Belarus during World War II who saved 1,200 people.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009 Del Monte Foods launched an ice pop moulded to resemble Craig emerging from the sea.
  • 2007
    Age 38
    He portrayed Lord Asriel in The Golden Compass, the 2007 film adaptation of Philip Pullman's novel.
    More Details Hide Details Eva Green, who played Bond girl Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, also starred in the film, although she did not appear in any scenes with Craig. In a stage version of the book, Asriel had previously been played by Timothy Dalton, one of Craig's predecessors in the role of James Bond. In early 2001, Craig expressed an interest in being a part of the Star Trek franchise, professing his love of the series to the World Entertainment News Network and a desire to have a "stint in the TV show or a film. It's been a secret ambition of mine for years." On 16 March 2007, Craig made a cameo appearance as himself in a sketch with Catherine Tate who appeared in the guise of her character Elaine Figgis from The Catherine Tate Show. The sketch was made for the BBC Red Nose Day 2007 fundraising programme.
    On 25 October 2007, MGM CEO Harry Sloan revealed at the Forbes Meet II Conference that Craig had signed on to make four more Bond films, through to Bond 25.
    More Details Hide Details The planned 19 April 2010 release of Craig's third Bond film (the 23rd overall in the series) was delayed, because of financial troubles with MGM, but the film (Skyfall) was released on 23 October 2012, and was part of the year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. No. On 8 September 2012, Bond producers announced Craig had signed on for two future Bond films, meaning he will star as 007 in at least five films, making him the third longest-serving Bond after Roger Moore who starred in seven films, and Sean Connery who starred in six.
  • 2006
    Age 37
    The first film, Casino Royale, premiered 14 November 2006, and grossed a total of US$594,239,066 worldwide, which made it the highest-grossing Bond film until the release of Skyfall.
    More Details Hide Details After the film was released, Craig's performance was highly acclaimed. As production of Casino Royale reached its conclusion, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced that pre-production work had already begun on the 22nd Bond film. After several months of speculation as to the release date, Wilson and Broccoli officially announced on 20 July 2006, that the follow-up film, Quantum of Solace, was to be released on 7 November 2008, and that Craig would play Bond with an option for a third film.
  • 2005
    Age 36
    He subsequently dated film producer Satsuki Mitchell from 2005 until 2010. Craig and actress Rachel Weisz had been friends for many years, and worked together on the movie Dream House. They began dating in December 2010 and married on 22 June 2011, in a private New York City ceremony, with four guests in attendance, including Craig's 18-year-old daughter and Weisz's 5-year-old son, Henry.
    More Details Hide Details In October 2008, Craig paid £4 million for an apartment in a converted old house in Primrose Hill near Regent's Park, London. He also has a house in Sunninghill outside Ascot. He is an avid fan of Premier League football club Liverpool F.C., as well as a rugby fan and former player, having travelled to Australia in 2013 to watch the British & Irish Lions tour. Daniel Craig made a unique place for himself in the history of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraising 8 December 2009, when it was announced that they had raised $1,549,953 in the 21st annual Gypsy of the Year competition, from six weeks of curtain appeals at their hit Broadway drama, A Steady Rain. He is involved with multiple charities including S.A.F.E. Kenya, which uses street theatre to address social issues. He is also involved with the Opportunity Network, which provides access to education for low-income students in New York.
    In 2005, Craig was contacted by Eon Productions to portray James Bond.
    More Details Hide Details He stated he "was aware of the challenges" of the Bond franchise which he considered "a big machine that makes a lot of money". He aimed at bringing more "emotional depth" to the character. Born in 1968, Craig is the first actor to portray James Bond to have been born after the Bond series started, and after the death of Ian Fleming, the novels' writer. Significant controversy followed the decision, as it was doubted if the producers had made the right choice. Throughout the entire production period internet campaigns expressed their dissatisfaction and threatened to boycott the film in protest. The blond Craig was not considered by some protesters to fit the tall, dark Bond portrayed by the previous Bond actors, and to which viewers had apparently become accustomed. Although the choice of Craig was controversial, numerous actors publicly voiced their support, most notably, four of the five actors who had previously portrayed Bond – Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Dalton, Sean Connery and Roger Moore – called his casting a good decision. George Lazenby has since voiced his approval of Craig also. Clive Owen, who had been linked to the role, also spoke in defence of Craig.
  • 2001
    Age 32
    After his divorce, he was in a seven-year relationship with German actress Heike Makatsch, ending in 2001.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    Age 24
    He then appeared as Joe in the Royal National Theatre's production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America in November 1993.
    More Details Hide Details Also in 1993, Craig was featured in an episode of Yorkshire Television's Heartbeat, which aired 31 October 1993. An early starring role was as 'Geordie' in the BBC's 1996 drama Our Friends in the North, with early film roles being as Angelina Jolie's rival and love interest in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), before appearing in Sam Mendes's movie Road to Perdition (2002), with Tom Hanks and Paul Newman. Other leading film roles include Sword of Honour (2001), The Mother (2003) with Anne Reid, Sylvia (2003) with Gwyneth Paltrow, Layer Cake (2004) with Sienna Miller, Enduring Love (2004) with Rhys Ifans, Steven Spielberg's Munich (2005) with Eric Bana, Infamous and Casino Royale (2006), The Golden Compass (2007), Quantum of Solace, Defiance (2008), Cowboys & Aliens (2011), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Dream House (2011), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extended a membership invitation to Craig in 2006.
  • 1992
    Age 23
    In 1992, Craig married actress Fiona Loudon, with whom he had a daughter, Ella. The marriage ended in divorce in 1994.
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    In Craig's first screen role, he played an Afrikaner in The Power of One in 1992.
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  • 1991
    Age 22
    Later on, after multiple attempts at auditioning for drama schools, he was accepted at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama at the Barbican, where he graduated in 1991 after three years of study under Colin McCormack.
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    Craig trained at the National Youth Theatre and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1991, before beginning his career on stage.
    More Details Hide Details His film debut was in the drama The Power of One (1992). Other early appearances were in the Disney family film A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995) and the biographical film Elizabeth (1998), as well as in the historical war drama television series Sharpe's Eagle (1993) and the action-adventure drama series Zorro. Cast as the fictional British secret agent James Bond in October 2005, his first film in the role, Casino Royale, was released internationally in November 2006. Craig's appearances in the British television film Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998), the indie war film The Trench (1999), and the drama Some Voices (2000) attracted the film industry's attention. This led to roles in bigger productions such as the action film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), the crime thriller Road to Perdition (2002), the crime thriller Layer Cake (2004), and the Steven Spielberg historical drama Munich (2005). Craig achieved international fame when chosen as the sixth actor to play the role of Ian Fleming's James Bond in the official film series, taking over from Pierce Brosnan in 2005. Although his casting was initially greeted with scepticism, his debut was highly acclaimed and earned him a BAFTA award nomination, with Casino Royale becoming the highest-grossing in the series at the time. Quantum of Solace followed two years later.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1968
    Born
    Born on March 2, 1968.
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