Early life[ edit ] Craig was born in Chester, Cheshire. Craig's middle name, Wroughton, comes from his great-great-grandmother, Grace Matilda Wroughton. Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon , in which Craig played small-time thief George Dyer who becomes the lover and muse of painter Francis Bacon , who was portrayed by Derek Jacobi. The Visitor and as Sergeant Telford Winter in the independent war film The Trench , which takes place in the confines of the trenches in the First World War during the 48 hours leading up to the Battle of the Somme.
Tomb Raider , based on the video game series Tomb Raider. He later admitted to only accepting the role in the ill-received yet commercially successful film for the paycheque. Los Angeles Times writer praised Craig's "stunningly suave performance",  while Roger Ebert thought he was "fascinating" in the film. The film, directed by Steven Spielberg , starred Eric Bana as a member of the operation, a Mossad agent. He stated he "was aware of the challenges" of the Bond franchise, which he considered "a big machine that makes a lot of money".
He aimed at bringing more "emotional depth" to the character. The casting choice caused significant controversy. Throughout the entire production period, internet campaigns expressed their dissatisfaction and threatened to boycott the film in protest. George Lazenby has since voiced his approval of Craig also. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced that pre-production work had already begun on the 22nd Bond film. After several months of speculation as to the release date, Wilson and Broccoli officially announced on 20 July , that the follow-up film, Quantum of Solace ,  was to be released on 7 November , and that Craig would play Bond with an option for a third film.
The film was met with a negative reception from critics, with Roger Ebert believing it to be the worst adaptation of Finney's novel. In a stage version of the book, Asriel had previously been played by Timothy Dalton , one of Craig's predecessors in the role of James Bond. In his final release of , the war film Defiance , Craig starred as Tuvia Bielski , the leader of the Bielski partisans , fighting in the forests of Belarus during World War II , saving 1, people. It began performances in October , and continued until January The Force Awakens in The production starred David Oyelowo as the titular character and Craig as the main antagonist , Iago.
The film premiered in September , but has not yet received distribution. The film will be directed by Danny Boyle , and is scheduled for a North American release on 8 November , with a traditional earlier release in the United Kingdom and overseas territories.
Opinions on Bond[ edit ] Craig has described his portrayal of Bond as an anti-hero: I have never played a role in which someone's dark side shouldn't be explored. I don't think it should be confusing by the end of the film, but during the film you should be questioning who he is.
I would never do an impression of anybody else or try and improve on what they did. That would be a pointless exercise for me. When told that Craig had taken particular note of his performances, Connery said that he was "flattered" and that Craig really gets the "danger element" to Bond's character. A lot of women are drawn to him chiefly because he embodies a certain kind of danger and never sticks around for too long.
The marriage ended in divorce in They began dating in December and married on 22 June ,   in a private New York City ceremony, with four guests in attendance, including Craig's year-old daughter and Weisz's 5-year-old son. He is an avid fan of Premier League football club Liverpool F. Kenya, which uses street theatre to address social issues. During an interview about the apparently anti-religious message of the film The Golden Compass, in which Craig starred, he stated: