Daniel Craig: The Man Who Became James Bond
Daniel Craig is best known these days for his gritty portrayal of James Bond in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, but he first came to prominence in the United Kingdom on the television series “Our Friends In The North” in which he played a character called Geordie.
He appeared on the big screen in a number of roles, including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider opposite Angelina Jolie and in Road to Perdition, with Tom Hanks and Paul Newman and directed by Sam Mendes. However, the film that brought him to the attention of James Bond co-producer Barbara Broccoli was the British gangster movie inner Cake, in which he played a drug dealer on the ascendancy and tackling the old guard.
The British actor was born in Chester in 1968 and grew up in the Wirral in the north west of England. After finishing his schooling at the age of 16 he joined the National Youth Theatre in London, having acted in school plays since the age of six. He later attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for three years from which he graduated in 1991.
One of his first roles was in the Royal National Theatre’s production of Angels in America, in which he played Joe, and his small screen debut was in 1996 in Our Friends in the North. in addition as Lara Croft, Road to Perdition, and inner Cake, Craig also appeared in a string of films such as Sword of Honour, The Mother and Sylvia, in addition as Munich, Steven Spielberg’s story of an Israeli hit squad sent to bump off members of the terrorist group that had been responsible for the deaths of a number of Israelis at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Daniel Craig was introduced to the world as James Bond in November 2005, which much controversy among some fans, which was picked up on by a number of tabloids and sparked the beginning of a campaign against Craig. The negative press only really stopped when the first footage of the film was revealed, which showed the film in an extremely positive light and early press reviews prior to release were overwhelmingly positive, which seems to have taken the producers back slightly.
In fact many praised him as the best Bond since Sean Connery, which is high praise indeed. Although the 2008 sequel was poorly received by fans and critics it didn’t stop the film from becoming a commercial success and fans are eagerly awaiting the next James bond film due later in 2012, called Skyfall.
Originally scheduled for a 2011 release, work on the film was delayed by the financial problems encountered by Metro Goldwyn Mayer. While they went by bankruptcy proceedings work was put on keep up, only resuming at the end of 2010.