Blast from the past

Just some awesome Daniel Craig roles that are not James Bond

Photograph by Greg Williams

Daniel Craig is most likely to return to the role of James Bond. The British actor is yet to appear once again in the role of the 007 agent (in Bond 25). The upcoming movie from the franchise opens on November 8, 2019 and although many of the Bond fans wanted to see some other actor in the iconic role (myself included), let’s make a little spin on the story about Craig.

Let’s take a closer look at the great roles and the great movies that Craig has in his portfolio and that are not part of the Bond franchise. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Logan Lucky is coming to theaters next month, and by the end of this year Daniel is set to appear in the drama Kings alongside Halle Berry.

But what about the movies prior to those? The movies from Daniel’s past that are also very good, and very much underrated and… somehow put on the sidelines?

Let’s  take a good look at some awesome Daniel Craig roles that are not James Bond… so let’s begin… Shall we?

Elizabeth (1998)
Directed by: Shekhar Kapur
Fun fact about it: Christopher Eccleston and Daniel Craig had previously starred together in Our Friends in the North (1996), and both have played iconic British hero roles: Eccleston as The Doctor and Craig as James Bond.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
Directed by: Simon West
Fun fact about it: The gun that Daniel Craig uses in the Tomb of the Dancing Light is a Walther P99 pistol, the signature weapon of James Bond. He later wielded this weapon again as 007 in Casino Royale (2006).

Road to Perdition (2002)
Directed by: Sam Mendes
Fun fact about it: The final on-screen acting project for Paul Newman.

Sylvia (2003)
Directed by: Christine Jeffs
Fun fact about it: Most of the extras in the opening scenes in Cambridge were, like Sylvia Plath herself, students of the University of Cambridge.

The Mother (2003)
Directed by: Roger Michell
Fun fact about it: The first feature film funded entirely by the BBC.

Layer Cake (2004)
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
Fun fact about it: It was Daniel Craig’s performance in this film that caused Barbara Broccoli to take notice and think Craig might be a good fit for James Bond.

Munich (2005)
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Fun fact about it: The time span between the start of production to the release date in December of 2005 was less than six months.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Directed by: David Fincher
Fun fact about it: The movie was shot in Sweden during one of the coldest winters in over 20 years.


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