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(AFP) – At first, he didn’t want to play James Bond. He will have spent finally 10 years and five films in the costume of the legendary spy before to make way for the next generation.
When he was selected to take over from Pierce Brosnan, this blonde with blue eyes of 1m 78 at the time little known to the general public, seemed far removed from the character invented by the writer Ian Fleming.
The director of “Specter” (2015), Sam Mendes, himself admitted that he was thinking of the back then that would be a “really bad idea.”
“I thought Bond had become the opposite of what Daniel is – flippant, gracious and courteous comic, kind of a parody of sorts – and I thought it wouldn’t fit with Daniel’s passion and honesty as an actor, “he once told the BBC. Before admitting that Daniel Craig, who gave depth to the role, finally constitutes a “fantastic” Bond.
Daniel Craig played for the first time 007 in “Casino Royale” in 2006.
When he learned he had landed this highly coveted role, the actor celebrated with a drink martini vodkas, which would not have displeased 007 .
“I got drunk (…). I bought a bottle of vodka and a bottle of vermouth, a shaker and made myself three or four vodka martinis, “he told the franchise’s official podcast.
Yet he had to be convinced to accept. Producer Barbara Broccoli explained that Daniel Craig was her first choice but that “the big problem was that he didn’t want to do it.”
Although a fan since childhood adventures of the famous agent of MI6, the British foreign intelligence service, the actor feared that his personal life would suffer from this immense notoriety, which remains relatively secret.
tabloids lend him adventures with supermodel Kate Moss and actress Sienna Miller before his second marriage to actress Rachel Weisz, in 2008, with whom he had a baby girl in 2018. He had already had a daughter, Ella, with his first wife, Scottish actress Fiona Loudon.
– ” I’m not James Bond “-
Born March 2 1968 in Chester (north-west of England) of a father working in the merchant navy then a pub owner and a mother professor of art, Daniel Craig spent part of his childhood in Liverpool, where he moved with his mother and sister following his parents’ divorce.
He began acting in school plays from the age of six, encouraged by his mother. At 16 years old, he left school to join the National Youth Theater in London .
Young Craig then alternates roles and waiter jobs to make ends meet. After several attempts, he managed to enter the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, from which he graduated in 1968.
His big screen debut dates back to 1991 in “The Power of the Angel” with John Gielgud and Morgan Freeman. He notably played the French writer Saint-Exupéry in “Saint-Ex” (1992), the lover of painter Francis Bacon in “Love is the Devil” (1998) and starred alongside Tom Hanks in “The Trails of perdition “(2001) by Sam Mendes.
Daniel Craig is also known to have given the reply to Angelina Jolie in 2001 in “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and for her role as a cocaine dealer in Matthew Vaughn’s “Layer Cake” in 2004 before signing for the James Bond.
After “Casino Royale” (2004), he played in “Quantum of Solace” (2008), “Skyfall” (2012) and “Specter” (2015) before bowing out with “Dying Can Wait”, presented Tuesday in London.
For the occasion, the Royal Navy has named Daniel Craig honorary commander, the same rank as his character.
Even if he risked e to remain forever associated with the image of 007, the actor assured in 2015 to Esquire that he was actually far from the spy: “I am not James Bond. I am not particularly brave, I am not particularly cold-headed “.