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Daniel Craig - Biography of the James Bond star

Daniel Wroughton Craig was born in Chester to Carol Olivia (née Williams), an art teacher, and Timothy John Wroughton Craig, who was the landlord of the pubs "Ring o' Bells" (in Frodsham) and "The Boot Inn", and also served as a midshipman in the Merchant Navy.

Daniel Craig

Daniel Wroughton Craig was born in Chester to Carol Olivia (née Williams), an art teacher, and Timothy John Wroughton Craig, who was the landlord of the pubs "Ring o' Bells" (in Frodsham) and "The Boot Inn", and also served as a midshipman in the Merchant Navy.

Both of Daniel's parents were of half Welsh descent. He was brought up in Liverpool and on the Wirral and began acting in school plays at age six.

He went to a primary school in Frodsham and Hoylake called Holy Trinity Primary School. He moved to London when he was 16 to join the National Youth Theatre after a brief stay at Calday.

He and his older sister, Lea, attended Hilbre High School and Calday Grange Grammar School in West Kirby. He played for Hoylake Rugby Club.

He attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama at the Barbican and graduated in 1991 after three years of study under Colin McCormack.

Daniel appeared as Joe in the Royal National Theatre's production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America in November 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 (2006), and The Golden Compass (2007). He recently starred in Defiance.

On October 23, 2005, Daniel signed a five-film contract with EON Productions to portray James Bond. He stated that he "was aware of the challenges" of the James Bond franchise which he considers "a big machine" that "makes a lot of money". He aimed at bringing more "emotional depth" to the character. Being born in 1968, Craig is the first actor to portray James Bond to be born after the Bond series already started, and Ian Fleming, the novels' writer, had died.

Numerous actors publicly voiced their support of Daniel Craig's casting. 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. Clive Owen, who had been linked to the role, also spoke in his defence.

The first film, Casino Royale, premièred on November 14, 2006, and grossed a total of US$594,239,066 worldwide, which makes the film the highest grossing Bond film to date.

After the film was released, Daniel'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 July 20, 2006, that the follow-up film, Quantum of Solace, was to be released on November 7, 2008, and that Daniel plays Bond with an option for a third film.

On October 25, 2007, MGM CEO Harry Sloan revealed at the Forbes Meet II Conference that he had signed on for four more Bond films, through to Bond 25.

In 2006, Craig was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

On June 12, 2008, Daniel sliced the top off one of his fingers off while filming Quantum of Solace. The accident was the latest in a string of incidents surrounding the shoot, including a fire at one of the sets in Pinewood Studios; a car crash that left the stunt driver in a serious condition; and an Aston Martin skidding off the roads in heavy rains while being transported to the set in northern Italy and plunging into Lake Garda.

Daniel describes his portrayal of Bond as an antihero: “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. I have never played a role in which someone’s dark side shouldn’t be explored. I don’t think it should be confusing by the end of the movie, but during the movie you should be questioning who he is.”

Craig also states that his favourite previous Bond actor was Sean Connery, but says, "I'd never copy somebody else. I would never do an impression of anybody else or try and improve on what they did. That would be a pointless exercise for me". His favorite Bond film is From Russia with Love.

On April 19, 2010, Daniel's expected third Bond film (the 23rd overall in the series) was announced to have been suspended indefinitely due to the crippling debt and uncertain future of MGM. Both Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes, however, hope to resume work on the film soon.

Outside of work, Daniel married Scottish actress Fiona Loudon in 1992, with whom he has a daughter, Ella. However, the marriage ended in divorce in 1994. After his divorce he was in a seven-year relationship with German actress Heike Makatsch. He is currently in a relationship with film producer Satsuki Mitchell.

Craig had to quit smoking and hire a personal trainer to prepare for the role as James Bond. He is an avid video game player and was excited to have a Quantum of Solace video game released.

In October 2008, Craig paid £4 million for an apartment close to Regent's Park, London.

 

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