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Who Is Daniel Craig, Anyway?

Before Daniel Craig came along, I could honestly give two craps about James Bond and his stupid 007. Sean Connery thinks that it’s okay to slap a woman, Pierce Brosnan seems kind of smarmy to me, and I have no clue who Roger Moore or Timothy Dalton is. But then I heard rumors of a darker, meaner, SEXIER Bond and I was totally intrigued. And my instinct was right. I’m just gonna say it, Bond Nerds — Daniel Craig is the best Bond since Connery. In fact, I think he is better. Go ahead, crucify me, but before you do that, here’s all the info I could dig up on the British heartthrob.LOVES: As you would expect, Craig, who was born in 1968 in Chester, England, has a way with women. He was married to Scottish actress/jazz singer Fiona “Harley” Loudon from 1992 to 1994, spawning a daughter, Ella, who is now a teenager. After the marriage ended, he had a seven-year relationship with German actress Heike Makatsch, who was in “Love Actually”. When they broke up, Craig reportedly had a fling with his “Layer Cake” co-star Sienna Miller (um, who doesn’t have an affair with Sienna Miller?), who happens to be the ex of his good friend, Jude Law. Since then, however, Craig has remained monogamous with American film producer Satsuki Mitchell, and she regularly appears on his arm at film premieres and parties.

CREW: Being part of the British cool crowd means that Craig is pals with guys like Jude Law and Ewan McGregor, as well as up-and-coming actor, and former Daily Hotness cutie, Gaspard Ulliel. Additionally, Craig is super close pals with Kate Moss, with whom he was rumored to have a very brief affair years ago. And after starring together in “The Golden Compass” and “The Invasion”, Craig and co-star Nicole Kidman developed a tight friendship.

CAREER: Craig initially made his mark as an actor on the London stage, moving to London at 16 to join the National Youth Theater. He played Francis Bacon’s gay lover in a BBC biopic on the painter in 1997, but his film debut was actually years earlier in one of the greatest movies ever, “The Power Of One”, alongside fellow Brit Christian Bale. He started to gain international attention when he joined Angelina Jolie in the cast of the “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”, and soon scored roles in “Layer Cake”, “Road To Perdition” and “Munich”. When he was chosen to replace Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in “Casino Royale”, diehard Bond fans kind of freaked — he was the first blond to portray the tall, dark, and handsome spy, and the shortest too, at 5′ 11. But haters had to eat crow when audiences and critics lauded the film and Craig’s portrayal, and when the film became the second highest grossing Bond film ever. He’ll return as Bond on November 14th when “Quantum Of Solace” hits theaters.

RANDOM FACTS:

  • His middle name is Wroughton.
  • While filming “Quantum of Solace”, Craig accidentally sliced off one of his finger tips and now doesn’t have a finger print.
  • His dad was the landlord for two pubs in England — “Ring ‘O Bells” and “The Boot”.
  • Craig wanted to be a part of the “Star Trek” franchise but for some effing reason was not hired to be in the “Star Trek” prequel.
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