Daniel Wroughton Craig, an English actor, was born on March 2, 1968. He rose to international prominence as James Bond in the namesake film series, beginning with Casino Royale (2006) and continuing through No Time to Die (2021).
Casino Royale is a spy film released in 2006 by Eon Productions. It is the twenty-first installment in the James Bond franchise and the third adaptation of Ian Fleming’s 1953 novel of the same name. Martin Campbell directed the film, which was written by Neil Purvis, Robert Wade, and Paul Haggis.
It was the first movie to star Daniel Craig as fictional MI6 agent James Bond, and it was produced by Eon Productions for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures, marking the first time that an Eon-produced Bond film was co-produced by Columbia. Eon Productions opted to revive the series after Die Another Day, allowing them to present a less experienced and vulnerable Bond.
The hunt for a new actor to replace Pierce Brosnan as James Bond was extensive, and Craig’s selection, announced in October 2005, sparked criticism. Interior sets were erected at Barrandov Studios and Pinewood Studios, and filming took place on location in the Czech Republic, the Bahamas, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
It got overwhelmingly good critical reviews, with critics praising Craig’s reimagining of the character as well as the film’s departure from prior Bond cliches. It was the highest-earning James Bond picture until the release of Skyfall in 2012, grossing over $616 million worldwide.
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