Hailed as the best Bond since Connery, Daniel Craig has a strong, fascinating pre-007 body of work as well. This fresh, unauthorized biography traces the actor's wariness of playing safe back to his Liverpool childhood.When Daniel Craig was formally announced as the new James Bond, debuting in Casino Royale, not all fans were delighted. But Craig proved them wrong, winning universal acclaim for his riskier, grittier Bond—inexperienced, insecure and troubled by killing. Beginning with his early career, Daniel O'Brien traces the provocative choices Craig has made along the path to becoming one of the world's most famous film icons. When a BBC television performance brought film offers, Craig opted to co-star in Love is the Devil, as artist Francis Bacon’s violent, self-destructive lover. The much-derided Lara Croft: Tomb Raider film raised his US profile, but Craig passed on the sequel. His subsequent Hollywood career did not follow the expected route. O'Brien shows how Craig shunned lead roles to establish himself as a forceful character actor. In Road to Perdition, Craig played a cold blooded child killer. Back in the UK, he co-starred in The Mother, having an affair with a woman twice his age. His Hollywood choices remained dark and edgy: feminist hate figure Ted Hughes in Sylvia and a troubled Mossad agent in Munich. Intriguingly, Craig avoids the show business circuit: "I don’t believe in self-promotion, really I can’t be arsed."
Author BiographyDaniel O'Brien is a film critic and journalist, and has written several acclaimed biographies, including Clint Eastwood and Paul Newman. He is also a regular contributor to Film Review Annual.