Best Daniel Craig Movie Sans Bond

by urbanemovies | created - 01 Feb 2016 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

In 2022, Daniel Craig, best known as MI-6 agent 007 in the James Bond film series, embarks on the next phase of his acting career. His final James Bond film, No Time to Die (2021), ended its initial theatrical run and his first post-Bond film, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022), is scheduled to hit theaters later in the year. While some films fans only know him as the debonair James Bond, others remember a younger Craig who spent fifteen years making his bones as an actor before Bond. Craig also kept himself busy in between Bond projects with a dozen major non-Bond films over the fifteen-year period he portrayed James Bond. In recognition of a job well-done, his retirement from the role of an active duty MI-6 agent, and best wishes in the next phase of his acting career: a Never Say Never Again (1983) toast to Daniel Craig's five James Bond film body of work.

So far, which of these select Daniel Craig movies, in which you never hear the words James Bond, is the best?

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1. Layer Cake (2004)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

A successful cocaine dealer gets two tough assignments from his boss on the eve of his planned early retirement.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Daniel Craig, Sienna Miller, Michael Gambon, Tom Hardy

Votes: 179,989 | Gross: $2.34M

2. Munich (2005)

R | 164 min | Action, Drama, History

74 Metascore

After the Black September capture and massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics, five men are chosen to eliminate the people responsible for that fateful day.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Marie-Josée Croze, Ciarán Hinds

Votes: 225,992 | Gross: $47.40M

3. Road to Perdition (2002)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

A mob enforcer's son in 1930s Illinois witnesses a murder, forcing him and his father to take to the road, and his father down a path of redemption and revenge.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Rob Maxey, Liam Aiken

Votes: 266,272 | Gross: $104.45M

4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

R | 158 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

71 Metascore

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for 40 years by young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 459,406 | Gross: $102.52M

5. Knives Out (2019)

PG-13 | 130 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

A detective investigates the death of the patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis

Votes: 603,872 | Gross: $165.36M

6. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

As a new threat to the galaxy rises, Rey, a desert scavenger, and Finn, an ex-stormtrooper, must join Han Solo and Chewbacca to search for the one hope of restoring peace.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson

Votes: 919,432 | Gross: $936.66M

* cameo

7. One Life (I) (2011)

TV-PG | 85 min | Documentary, Family

68 Metascore

Focuses on the cyclical journey taken by all living creatures, from birth to having youngsters of their own.

Directors: Michael Gunton, Martha Holmes | Stars: Daniel Craig, Koert-Jan de Bruijn

Votes: 2,593

* narrator

8. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

PG | 107 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

68 Metascore

Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg

Votes: 230,211 | Gross: $77.59M

9. Defiance (I) (2008)

R | 137 min | Action, Drama, History

58 Metascore

Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters, and endeavor to build a village, in order to protect themselves and about one thousand Jewish non-combatants.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos

Votes: 147,577 | Gross: $28.64M

10. The Jacket (2005)

R | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

44 Metascore

A Gulf war veteran is wrongly sent to a mental institution for insane criminals, where he becomes the object of a doctor's experiments, and his life is completely affected by them.

Director: John Maybury | Stars: Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Daniel Craig, Kris Kristofferson

Votes: 113,466 | Gross: $6.30M

11. Logan Lucky (2017)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

78 Metascore

Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Farrah Mackenzie

Votes: 148,736 | Gross: $27.78M

12. Infamous (2006)

R | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

While researching his novel "In Cold Blood", Truman Capote develops a close relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith.

Director: Douglas McGrath | Stars: Toby Jones, Daniel Craig, Sandra Bullock, Sigourney Weaver

Votes: 17,318 | Gross: $1.15M

13. Elizabeth (1998)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

75 Metascore

The early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Liz Giles, Rod Culbertson, Paul Fox

Votes: 99,057 | Gross: $30.08M

14. Flashbacks of a Fool (2008)

R | 109 min | Drama

A fading Hollywood star looks back at the days of his youth as he returns home from his best friend's funeral.

Director: Baillie Walsh | Stars: Daniel Craig, Harry Eden, Eve, Olivia Williams

Votes: 12,530 | Gross: $0.00M

15. The Power of One (1992)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Sport

40 Metascore

An English boy, living in Africa during World War II, through his boxing prowess, becomes a symbol of hope, in a time of war.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Stephen Dorff, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Morgan Freeman, Nomadlozi Kubheka

Votes: 10,020 | Gross: $2.83M

16. Sylvia (2003)

R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

Story of the relationship between poets Edward James "Ted" Hughes and Sylvia Plath.

Director: Christine Jeffs | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig, Lucy Davenport, David Birkin

Votes: 10,882 | Gross: $1.30M

17. How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)

R | 110 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

35 Metascore

A British writer struggles to fit in at a high-profile magazine in New York City.

Director: Robert B. Weide | Stars: Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Megan Fox, Kelan Guy

Votes: 69,534 | Gross: $2.78M

* cameo

18. Renaissance (2006)

R | 105 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

A young gene researcher, Ilona, is kidnapped in a future Paris. Police Captain Karas and his team are in charge of finding her.

Director: Christian Volckman | Stars: Daniel Craig, Catherine McCormack, Jonathan Pryce, Romola Garai

Votes: 16,091 | Gross: $0.06M

19. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

33 Metascore

Video game adventurer Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen, Noah Taylor

Votes: 208,919 | Gross: $131.14M

20. Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

50 Metascore

A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Abigail Spencer

Votes: 220,220 | Gross: $100.24M

21. The Golden Compass (2007)

PG-13 | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

51 Metascore

In a parallel universe, young Lyra Belacqua journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious organization.

Director: Chris Weitz | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Dakota Blue Richards, Ben Walker

Votes: 187,827 | Gross: $70.11M

22. The Invasion (I) (2007)

PG-13 | 99 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

45 Metascore

As a Washington, D.C. psychiatrist unearths the origin of an alien epidemic, she also discovers her son might be the only way it can be stopped.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Jeremy Northam, Jackson Bond

Votes: 78,905 | Gross: $15.07M

23. Dream House (2011)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

35 Metascore

Soon after moving into their seemingly idyllic new home, a family learns of a brutal crime committed against former residents of the dwelling.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Elias Koteas

Votes: 66,858 | Gross: $21.28M

24. Enduring Love (2004)

R | 100 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

61 Metascore

Two strangers become connected by a tragedy, yet one dangerously feels that the connection goes much deeper than the other is willing to admit.

Director: Roger Michell | Stars: Rhys Ifans, Daniel Craig, Samantha Morton, Bill Weston

Votes: 10,566 | Gross: $0.36M



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