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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 2 March 1968Chester, Cheshire, England, UK
Birth NameDaniel Wroughton Craig
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Daniel Craig, one of British theatre's most famous faces, who waited tables as a struggling teenage actor with the NYT, went on to star as "James Bond" in Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008) and Skyfall (2012).

He was born Daniel Wroughton Craig on March 2, 1968, at 41 Liverpool Road, Chester, Cheshire, England. His father, Timothy John Wroughton Craig, was a merchant seaman turned steel erector, and then became landlord of "Ring O' Bells" pub in Frodsham, Cheshire. His mother, Carol Olivia (Williams), was an art teacher. His parents are both of half Welsh ancestry. The couple split up in 1972, and young Daniel was raised with his older sister, Lea, in Liverpool, then in Hoylake, Wirral, in the home of his mother. His interest in acting was encouraged by visits to the Liverpool Everyman Theatre arranged by his mother. From the age of 6, Craig started acting in school plays, making his debut in the Frodsham Primary School production of "Oliver!", and his mother was the driving force behind his artistic aspirations. The first Bond movie he ever saw at the cinema was Roger Moore's Live and Let Die (1973); young Daniel Craig saw it with his father, so it took a special place in his heart. He was also a good athlete and was a rugby player at Hoylake Rugby Club.

At the age of 14, Craig played roles in "Oliver", "Romeo and Juliet" and "Cinderella" at Hilbre High School in West Kirby, Wirral, UK. He left Hilbre High at 16 to audition at the National Youth Theatre's (NYT) troupe on their tour in Manchester in 1984. He was accepted and moved down to London. There, his mother and father watched his stage debut as "Agamemnon" in Shakespeare's "Troilus and Cressida". As a struggling actor with the NYT, he was toiling in restaurant kitchens and as a waiter. Craig performed with NYT on tours to Valencia, Spain, and to Moscow, Russia, under the leadership of director Edward Wilson. He failed at repeated auditions at the Guildhall, but eventually his persistence paid off, and in 1988, he entered the Guildhall School of Music and Drama at the Barbican. There, he studied alongside Ewan McGregor and Alistair McGowan, then later Damian Lewis and Joseph Fiennes, among others. He graduated in 1991, after a three-year course under the tutelage of Colin McCormack, the actor from the Royal Shakespeare Company. From 1992-1994, he was married to Scottish actress Fiona Loudon, their daughter, named Ella Craig, was born in 1992. Daniel Craig made his film debut in The Power of One (1992). His film career continued on television, notably the BBC2 serial Our Friends in the North (1996). He shot to international fame after playing supporting roles in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and Road to Perdition (2002). He was nominated for his performances in the leading role in Layer Cake (2004), and received other awards and nominations. Craig was named as the sixth actor to portray "James Bond", in October of 2005, weeks after he finished his work in Munich (2005), where he co-starred with Eric Bana under the directorship of Steven Spielberg.

Craig's reserved demeanor and his avoidance of the showbiz-party-red-carpet milieu makes him a cool "007". He is the first blonde actor to play Bond, and also the first to be born after the start of the film series, and also the first to be born after the death of author Ian Fleming in 1964. Four of the past Bond actors: Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan have indicated that Craig is a good choice as "Bond".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Shelokhonov

Spouse (2)

Rachel Weisz (22 June 2011 - present)
Fiona Loudon (1992 - 1994) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

Blonde hair and blue eyes
Deep smooth voice

Trivia (44)

(2001-2004) Lived in London with German actress Heike Makatsch.
He has a daughter, Ella Craig (born 1992), who lives with his ex-wife Fiona Loudon in London.
2000: Named as one of European films 'Shooting Stars' by European Film Promotion.
He was nominated for a 2002 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in A Number at the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs.
One of the many actors considered to take over James Bond from Pierce Brosnan. He officially accepted the role in October, 2005.
Was the last actor considered for the role of "Rorschach" in the movie adaptation of Alan Moore's comic-book mini-series, Watchmen (2009).
Father: Tim Craig
Mother: Olivia Craig
Older sister: Lea Craig
Good friend of supermodel Kate Moss, Gaspard Ulliel and Nicole Kidman.
Visited Sarajevo Film Festival in 2005.
Esquire magazine's "Best dressed male" in 2006
Was the only member of the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) cast to be a huge fan of the Tomb Raider video games. His favorite in the series was Tomb Raider II Starring Lara Croft (1997), released in 1997.
His then girlfriend Satsuki Mitchell accompanied him to the world premiere of Casino Royale (2006) in London. It was their first public appearance together.
He's a fan of Liverpool Football Club.
He is the first Bond actor to have been born after the Bond series began.
Appeared in Sharpe's Eagle (1993) with Sean Bean. Bean played the villain in GoldenEye (1995), which was directed by Martin Campbell, who also directed Casino Royale (2006).
Voted #7 in Elle (France) Magazine's "15 Sexiest Men" poll (June 2007).
One of 115 people invited to join AMPAS in 2007.
While being relatively tall standing at 5 feet and 11 inches, he is the shortest actor to play the role of James Bond.
October 2007 - Signed on to play "James Bond" in four more films after Casino Royale (2006).
Lord Aisrael, his character from The Golden Compass (2007), was previously played by Timothy Dalton in a London theater production. Craig and Dalton have also, of course, shared the role of James Bond.
Graduated from Guildhall of Music & Drama (London) in 1991.
Quit smoking before making Casino Royale (2006).
Between 2005 and 2008, Craig played militant Jewish soldiers or fighters three times in fairly quick succession: in Fateless (2005) ("Fateless"), he plays an American soldier who identifies himself as Jewish while liberating a concentration camp; in Munich (2005), he plays the most militant member of a team of Mossad agents assigned to assassinate the terrorists responsible for killing Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics; and in Defiance (2008), he plays one of three Jewish brothers who escape from Nazi-occupied Poland to join the resistance.
Ranked #29 in the 2008 Telegraph's list "the 100 most powerful people in British culture".
Is a big fan of Robert Altman films.
He was a fan of the fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, before he was cast in the the trilogy's first chapter The Golden Compass (2007).
Became good friends with Nicole Kidman, after they worked together on The Invasion (2007), and The Golden Compass (2007).
While incognito at a cinema in the USA, he was once asked if anyone had ever told him that he looked like Daniel Craig. He answered "no" and walked away.
Was considered for the part of Doctor in Blindness (2008) but Mark Ruffalo was cast instead.
Lives in London, England.
Made his film debut in The Power of One (1992), which also featured John Gielgud. He later appeared in Elizabeth (1998), which turned out to be Gielgud's final film role.
First cousin, once removed, of Simon Jones.
Close friends with Mark Strong and is the godfather of one of his sons.
Is the fourth actor to play James Bond in more than two films, along with Sean Connery, Roger Moore, and Pierce Brosnan.
Is a fan of band Radiohead.
His parents were both of half Welsh descent, and he also has more distant Irish ancestry.
Filming The Adventures of Tintin (2011). [January 2009]
January 4th: Started filming Quantum of Solace (2008) [January 2008]
In Chile, filming Quantum of Solace (2008). [March 2008]
January 30th: Started shooting on his new film Casino Royale (2006) in the Bahamas. [January 2006]
Finished filming Quantum of Solace (2008). [June 2008]
His father went to the same school as John Lennon.

Personal Quotes (34)

I go through life thinking it's all going to end tomorrow.
I don't believe in self-promotion, really I can't be arsed.
People always say, "That stuff you did in Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998) must have been difficult . . . but I say, "No, it wasn't really; that was some of the easier stuff to do", because it was always clear and made a lot of sense. It's when things are unclear and when you don't know what you're doing--that's when things are difficult.
As far as I'm concerned, I want to be nowhere else. It's difficult in film because everybody wants to make a safe bet with roles. But if you are going to do stuff then you should be getting strong reactions. I don't want audiences to be going, 'Yeah, that's all right.'
It's something else. I'm speechless. I've just got to step up to the plate and deal with it. I had a confidence about it but then that's because of the people around me who made me feel good about it. I knew positively on Monday. I was in Baltimore when I took the call. My first reaction was I needed a drink.
I hate handguns. Handguns are used to shoot people and as long as they are around, people will shoot each other. That's a simple fact. I've seen a bullet wound and it was a mess. It was on a shoot and it scared me. Bullets have a nasty habit of finding their target and that's what's scary about them.
I kind of feel that if you look at the track record of most Bonds - I mean Sean Connery obviously defined the part, and even he struggled for a while to get rid of the mantle. That's the pitfall and it could happen to me. I've been working so hard, for however long it is I've been doing this, to try and stick to doing stuff I totally believe in and that would be wiped out. I thought, God, this is all right: I'm doing what I want to do. And that was a huge weight off my shoulders.
I just wanted to see him [James Bond] make a few mistakes. I want to make the audience believe that it's all going to go wrong and then when it goes right it's much more exciting. Every day you pick up an injury and you're battered and bruised. If you're not physically fit then it's difficult to get through. I'm a Bond fan. If I go and see a Bond movie there are certain things I think should be in it. And they're there. We've got them in spades. Nobody knows more than I do how important this is, and it's my job to get it right.
[on the backlash from Bond fans] I didn't expect this backlash. You take it in, you can't help it. I've been trying to give 110% since the beginning, but after all the fuss, maybe I started giving 115%.
[interview in Entertainment Weekly magazine] If I went onto the Internet and started looking at what some people were saying about me - which, sadly, I have done - it would drive me insane.
[interview in Entertainment Weekly magazine] They [diehard James Bond fans] hate me. They don't think I'm right for the role. It's as simple as that. They're passionate about it, which I understand, but I do wish they'd reserve judgment.
I hope it's going to be liberating. I'm not putting any negative spin on this because to be typecast as James Bond is a very high-class problem for an actor, and I'm certainly going to try to get as much out of it as I can. Of course I am always going to think about whether it is going to limit what I do. I plan for it not to, but if it does, I'll approach that problem when it comes.
I wanted to do as much of the action work as I could, so that the audience can see it's me and it's real. I feel like I became a sportsman of sorts, and that meant acquiring injuries and carrying on and bashing through to the next level of pain. Although the stunt team did fantastic work to make sure that everything was as safe as possible, if you don't get bruised playing Bond, you're not doing it properly. I had black eyes, I had cuts, I was bruised, I had muscle strains, and I took a lot of painkillers. But it was part of the job. As much as I was hurt, the stuntmen were in much more pain.
I was affected by it - of course I was. What bothered me was that I was being criticized before I had done the work. I wasn't going to get into an argument with these people, so my only response was, 'See the movie and then you have the right to criticize, but first see what I am trying to do.' It strengthened my resolve. I was hurt by it, but it just made me try harder. The pressure was there. I know a lot of people feel very passionate about the Bond movies, but so do I, so I just got on with it. What I tried to achieve was just making a movie people will want to go and see, and I think we have made a great movie. 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.
Sean Connery set and defined the character. He did something extraordinary with that role. He was bad, sexy, animalistic and stylish, and it is because of him I am here today. I wanted Sean Connery's approval and he sent me messages of support, which meant a lot to me.
[interview with David Giammarco, Hello! magazine, 11/27/06, about the plot for "Bond 21"] What we've done is set in process the idea that there's an organization out there and Bond is now after them. That's where we will pick up the next film. There's going to be a real element of revenge.
[on-set interview with David Giammarco, The Globe and Mail, 3/27/06] I got a personal trainer for Casino Royale (2006), which has been an absolute godsend. I knew I had to be in the best shape I could be, otherwise I would never survive it. Because at the end of the day, there isn't any painting-it-in for this movie. These stunts aren't going to be helped by CGI . . . what you're seeing is the real thing. And I've got the bruises to prove it!
[interview with David Giammarco, Hello! magazine, 11/27/06, on on being approached to take over the James Bond character] [Pierce Brosnan] and I had a few drinks over it and we discussed it. And his advice to me was, "Go for it!"--which I think is the best advice I could've gotten.
[on preparing for his second James Bond performance] Last time I did a lot of weights to bulk up. This time I'll do more running. I won't be as "no-neck". But when this guy takes his shirt off, he should look like he could kill someone.
I always wanted to be an actor. I had the arrogance to believe I couldn't be anything else.
Method actors suggest that you do sense memory exercises every time you do a scene. I use every method I can. Whatever works, I'll use.
Well, competition is so important, even when you're an artist. And if you deny that there's competition, then you're a liar. That's what gives you your ambition.
[on first hearing he had the role of James Bond) When [Bond producer Barbara Broccoli] rang me to tell me I'd got the part, I was buying dishwashing tablets in Whole Foods. I promptly dropped them and went and bought a bottle of vodka!
[remarking on an injury he sustained on the set of Quantum of Solace (2008)] I lost my fingerprint, so now I can go out and commit all sorts of crimes.
[on the delayed sequel to Quantum of Solace (2008)] The new Bond movie is on hold but I am champing at the bit to get going on it as quickly as possible. I love playing Bond - I don't want to be away from it for too long.
I think there's a lot to be said for keeping your own counsel. It's not about being afraid to be public with your emotions or about who you are and what you stand for. But if you sell it off it's gone. You can't buy it back - you can't buy your privacy back. Ooh, I want to be alone. Fuck you. We've been in your living room. We were at your birth. You filmed it for us and showed us the placenta and now you want some privacy? Look at the Kardashians, they're worth millions. I don't think they were that badly off to begin with but now look at them. You see that and you think, 'What, you mean all I have to do is behave like a fucking idiot on television and then you'll pay me millions.' I'm not judging it - well, I am obviously.
You talk to people in the movie business who have been doing this 40 years and they all say the difference is that, back in the day, you could go and have a drink in the bar, get drunk, fall over, have a good time, relax, whatever, and no one would know about it. But now everyone's got a camera. Not that all I want to do is get drunk in a bar, but that's an example. So you can't live a normal life anymore. Because it will become public knowledge that you've whatever-gotten drunk in a bar or skinny-dipped on a beach or something. Things that normal people do occasionally. And in a way that's kind of-I've got to be high-class. I've done a lot of things in my life. But you have to think in that way. Which is sad, because I like bars.
[on how the character of James Bond has matured over time] What I'm doing is not what Pierce was doing, and Pierce wasn't doing what Roger Moore was doing, or what Sean was doing, or what Timothy [Dalton] was doing. Things have changed. It's just kind of the ride of it. Pierce used to say that it's like being responsible for a small country. It's kind of like you have to look after it diplomatically. I kind of get that, but I can't really say that's my deal. I'm not going to be the poster boy for this. Although I am the poster boy.

It's amazing how many times I've sat in interviews like this in a bar or a hotel, and it's 11 o'clock in the morning and someone sends a martini over [laughing]. And it's like, Really? It's 11 o'clock! Cheers! I'm not going to drink it.
[on product placement and the controversy over "Skyfall's" featuring of Heineken and not a martini] Now, product placement, whichever way you look at it, whether you like it or you think it's disgusting, or whatever, it's what it is. . . . Heineken gave us a ton of money for there to be Heineken in a shot in a bar. So, how easy is that? Just to say, O.K., there's Heineken. It's there-it's in the back of the shot. Without them, the movie couldn't get sold, so that all got kind of blown up. 'Bond's new drink is a Heineken.' He likes a lot of drinks-Heineken, champagne; it's all in there. I'll drink a beer in the shot, I'm happy to, but I'm not going to do an 'Ahhhhh' [pantomiming an actor looking refreshed]. And I would say this because they're paying, but they're kind of respectful about it. They don't want to screw the movie up.
[on independent film] Sometimes shooting on a smaller scale, as long as things don't blow out of proportion, is very liberating. But I wouldn't like to self-consciously go out and look for some nice small project just to get a chance to prove my acting chops. It's like, I think I've... done enough of that.
Most people who behave in a macho way, it's bluster. Most of the time we're all bullshitting our way through life. There are strong people on this planet, but it's all the swan technique: it looks beautiful on top and the legs are going like this, underneath, you know? Someone like Bond, it's 90 per cent confidence.
[on the evolution of James Bond in his movies] Sexual politics has come a long way since '62, unless you want us slapping ladies on the ass and telling them to go and wait in the other room because the men are talking and that kind of stuff. Bond remains a little bit of a chauvinist, which I think is good, because it means if you stick strong women in front of him, then shit happens. It doesn't take the sexiness out of it. The fact is he could die in any minute, and therefore he might as well jump into bed with somebody.
[on being asked to perform with Queen Elizabeth at the opening of the 2010 Olympics] My first reaction was 'How many people will be watching? A billion and a half?'! I guess I'm doing this!' She was great, a really good sport. When they brought it to me, they'd already told her that I'd be doing it. I didn't have much of a choice. It was literally a Luca Brasi situation from 'The Godfather' - an offer I couldn't refuse.
Everybody always moans, 'Where's Bond gone? Where's all the jokes?' Well, give us time! I always had a master plan in the back of my head that with the third movie - if I ever got there - it would be time to take the gloves off and bring the gags back in'.

Salary (6)

Casino Royale (2006) $3,200,000
Quantum of Solace (2008) $7,200,000
Cowboys & Aliens (2011) $6,000,000
Dream House (2011) $5,000,000
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) $6,000,000
Skyfall (2012) $17,000,000 plus bonuses for certain box-office milestones

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