Daniel Craig, The Greatest James Bond Ever?

Everything you need to know about the blond Bond.

Daniel Craig, The Greatest James Bond Ever?

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Daniel Craig has become one of the biggest names in Hollywood, best known for gracing our screens as James Bond in the last five 007 films. Despite being known for his character’s perchance for shaken martinis, fast cars and beautiful women, there’s more to Craig than that.

So, who is the man behind 007?

Daniel Craig Quick Facts:

Name: Daniel Wroughton Craig
Age: 54
DoB: 2 March 1968
Nationality: English
Height: 5 foot 10 inches / 1.78m
Relationship Status: Married
Spouse: Rachel Weisz
Net Worth: $160m (estimated)

Who is Daniel Craig?

Daniel Craig is a British actor who was born on 2 March 1968 in Chester, Cheshire to parents Carol Olivia and Timothy John Wroughton Craig. Daniel Craig also has an older sister, Lea.

Daniel showed an interest in acting from a young age when he began appearing in school plays from the age of 6. In order to pursue his interest in acting, he attended the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool.

He then moved to London in 1984 after being accepted to attend the National Youth Theatre to study acting as a career.

Daniel Craig starring alongside Harrison Ford in Cowboys vs. Aliens. (2011) Image: Bomb Report

His education has clearly paid off, and Daniel is now most well-known for his role as British secret agent James Bond, appearing in the last five movies in the franchise. He has now called time on his portrayal of James Bond, with No Time To Die marking his last outing.

He has also appeared in a number of other successful Hollywood movies – he has over 70 acting credits to his name – including Defiance (2008), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Cowboys and Aliens (2011) & Knives Out (2019).

Despite his public profile, Craig has tried to live a private life and has stated he “hates social media” and said “Never, in my whole life, will I be on social media” when talking with Sorted Magazine.

Daniel Craig Movies & Acting Career

After leaving the National Youth Theatre in London, Daniel Craig went on to attend the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied alongside the likes of Ewan McGregor and Damian Lewis. He graduated in 1991.

Daniel Craig starring opposite Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) Image: IMDb

His first role on the big screen came just a year later in the 1992 adaptation of The Power of One. However, after appearing in a string of American and British TV shows and movies, he finally landed what is now considered his breakthrough role in the 1996 BBC drama, Our Friends In The North.

Daniel’s first ‘big’ Hollywood role came when landed a part in the commercially successful 2001 movie, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, appearing alongside Angelina Jolie. Implying he was aware the movie would likely have been poorly reviewed (which it was) Daniel has said his main reason for taking the part was how much it paid.

After Tomb Raider, he started to appear in Hollywood movies more frequently, including Road to Perdition (2002), The Mother (2003), Layer Cake (2004) Munich (2005) and Infamous (2006).

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Daniel has also made a cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and starred in the critically and commercially successful mystery movie, Knives Out as private detective, Benoit Blanc. Craig is set to reprise this role in at least two more Knives Out movies.

Daniel Craig James Bond Movies

Daniel Craig hit the big time in a huge way when he was cast as James Bond in Casino Royale (2006) drew some controversy as his physical profile didn’t match the spy depicted in Ian Fleming’s novels – mostly due to his height and blonde hair (all previous Bonds were over 6 feet and had darker features).

Daniel Craig in his final outing as James Bond in No Time To Die. Image: IndieWire

Despite this and Craig’s initial reluctance to take the role, his predecessor Pierce Brosnan managed to persuade him to become the sixth actor to play the spy. Many of Daniel Craig’s critics were silenced following the release of Casino Royale and its follow-up movies, with his performances being incredibly well-received.

Craig is now the longest-serving Bond actor, with his 15-year tenure breaking Roger Moore’s previous record of 12 years and is the first Bond to be born after the death of author Ian Fleming in 1964.

Craig’s replacement for the next Bond is still to be announced however it was recently revealed by EON (the production company responsible for 25 Bond movies) that the next film in the franchise won’t be filmed until at least 2024.

Daniel Craig Workout/Diet

While he’s never exactly been out of shape, Daniel Craig had to put on some muscle for his role as James Bond. During his workouts Daniel Craig is claimed to have eaten at least 5-6 light meals a day to keep his metabolism going and to give himself plenty of fuel to burn off at the gym.

Daniel Craig had to put on some serious muscle for his role as James Bond. Image: CNN

He consumes both natural and supplemental proteins and has cut out all junk food as well as smoking from his diet/habits.

For his last role as Bond in No Time To Die, Craig teamed up with trainer and ex-British Royal Marine, Simon Waterson who was also responsible for turning Chris Evans into the buff Captain America. Speaking to Men’s Journal, Waterson’s list of exercises includes abdominal rollouts, pull-ups, dips, squats and resistance bands.

Daniel Craig Net Worth

Daniel Craig’s net worth is estimated at $160 million according to CelebrityNetWorth.

He reportedly earnt $25 million for his final Bond film, No Time to Die and is the highest-paid actor to play James Bond.

On top of this, in 2021, Craig became the highest-paid actor in the world, picking up $100 million after Netflix bought the rights to Knives Out 2 and 3, which means he should live a pretty comfortable life from here on out.

Daniel Craig Wife & Family

Daniel Craig with his wife, Rachel Weisz. Image: Vanity Fair

Daniel Craig’s mother Olivia, was an art teacher and his father, Timothy, worked as a steelworker and pub landlord. 

Craig married actress Fiona Loudon in 1992 and had a daughter, Ella, with her before they divorced in 1994.

Craig and actress Rachel Weisz began dating in December 2010 and got married in a private ceremony in New York on 22 June 2011 with only four guests in attendance (their two children from previous relationships and two friends)

It was reported on 1 September 2018 that Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz welcomed their first child together, a daughter.

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