Newsmaker: Daniel Craig – Best Bond Ever?

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We have been waiting for you for so long, Mr. Bond, during confinement. But No Time To Die, the latest installment in the long-running Agent 007 franchise, is now available to audiences and critics. And this is Daniel Craig’s fifth and final release as a Bond – James Bond. From the point of view of moviegoers, the English actor breathed new life into the franchise which had until then become a little worn out.

Pierce Brosnan seemed like a terribly nice guy, very suave but lacking the edge required by Her Majesty’s Secret Service when it comes to exercising that license to kill.

Then there was Roger Moore, who looked like he was on safari all the time instead of defeating Smersh and saving the world from nuclear, financial, or biological annihilation. Before Craig, the last believable Bond was Connery – Sean Connery – who defined the role and planted 007 firmly in popular culture. Craig was of that ilk. But Craig was harder, more robust. Half of the stunts he did would have been beyond Connery’s abilities – and certainly the computer-generated graphics they need. That’s why in my opinion Craig is the best so far. The rest, they leave me shaken, not stirred. Craig can move you, and with No Time To Die running for two and a half hours, that’s a good thing. Think of it as a long goodbye while you munch on our popcorn.

Born in 1968 in Chester in the north-west of England, he is the first Bond to be born after the start of the series, which further testifies to the continued existence of the franchise. The current version is 25 and the first, Dr. No, was released in 1962.

As the bonds disappear, Craig is actually the smallest of the lot, the first under 6 feet tall. 007 hits 5-foot-10 and was actually a factor that almost kept him from getting the part. Connery, who is around 6ft 2in, set the bar high.

And as 007s go on, Craig is actually the actor who held the role the longest – which in itself is remarkable given that he was initially reluctant to take on the role and needed to be convinced. by producer Barbara Broccoli. She commented at the time that “there was a period of trying to woo him.”

When he was nine his parents divorced and he moved to Liverpool with his sister and mother. He loved going to the theater and many of his mother’s friends were actors.

“I fell in love with the idea of ​​taking action,” he said. “I liked the idea – you know, screaming a lot and getting dressed and all that.”

He moved to London at the age of 16 to join the National Youth Theater, then studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

After graduation, Craig made his film debut in The Power of One, a 1950s drama set in South Africa and released in 1992. His career then boomed substantially with his role in the mini. 1996 BBC series Our Friends in the North. The soap opera received critical acclaim and won several major awards in the year following its broadcast, including two British Academy Television Awards, two Royal Television Society Awards and four Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.

According to his official biography, another important role came in 1998 with the movie Love Is the Devil, a biopic about artist Francis Bacon played by Derek Jacobi. Craig played the role of Bacon’s lover, George Dyer, a petty thief. Craig later described the project as “the first movie I made that ‘made’ me.” That same year, Craig played a small role in the historical drama Elizabeth with Cate Blanchett as the Tudor monarch.

His career has developed in films like Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Road to Perdition, where Tom Hanks plays a hitman with a conscience under the direction of Steven Spielberg. The two also teamed up on Munich, the story of revenge after terrorists killed Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics.

His first role in Bond came in 2006 with the release of Casino Royale. The reaction was very positive and saved what had become a series of obsolete and predictable formulas. He then added to the franchise’s restored reputation the hit blockbuster Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Specter.

Unlike other Bond actors who continued to work solely on the franchise while holding their license to kill, Craig broadened his license to get thrilling with the lead roles in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Logan Lucky.

For all of his romantic encounters as Bond, Craig has been romantically linked with actress Sienna Miller and model Kate Moss. He has a daughter, Ella, from his two-year marriage to Fiona Loudon. In December 2010, Craig began dating actor Rachel Weisz, his co-star on Dream House. The couple married in June 2011 in New York City and had a daughter in September 2018.

My favorite of all of Craig’s work is a low-budget British film called The Trench, a drama about a platoon of World War I soldiers waiting for orders to go overhead. He’s a hardened sergeant who must somehow convince his men to do their duty for the king and the country.

When offered the role of Bond, critics said it didn’t suit a serious stage-trained actor like Craig. He thought differently, accepting a five-movie deal.

“When I took on the job to work on Bond, I really did it to change my life,” he said. “I knew he was going to turn everything upside down. I never made films for money – I always made them because I really wanted to make them, ”he told Interview magazine. I just wish he wanted to do more Bond movies. Five is not enough.

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