|Estimated value:||€115 million|
|Country of origin:||Great Britain|
|Source of Wealth:||actor|
Daniel Craig is a British actor, best known for his role as the British secret agent “James Bond”.
Daniel Wroughton Craig was born in the small north-west English town of Chester. After his parents separated, he grew up with his older sister, first in Liverpool and later in Hoylake, with his mother and stepfather. His stepfather, Max Blond, was a well-known artist, so Daniel Craig grew up in an art-inspired household. His mother Olivia, an art teacher, also encouraged her son’s talent for mime at an early age. Daniel Craig was also very athletic and played rugby during his school days. When he was just 16, he moved to London to pursue his art. For a few years he performed there in the “National Youth Theatre”. Between 1988 and 1991, the Briton also attended the “Guidhall School of Music and Drama”, an art school in London, which he graduated alongside other celebrities such as Ewan McGregor and Joseph Fiennes.
In 1992 Daniel Craig got his first role as an actor: he played a supporting role in the political social drama “In the Glory of the Sun”. Four years later, the Brit landed his first starring role in the nine-part BBC series Our Friends in the North. He gained international fame through later productions such as “Elizabeth” and “Der Schützengraben”. Furthermore, Daniel Craig embodied the famous secret agent James Bond in four films to date – with outstanding success. In addition, in 2005 he was able to demonstrate his acting skills as a Jewish Mossad agent in the political thriller “Munich”, directed by Steven Spielberg. His role in the 2007 film The Golden Compass, the first part of Philip Pullman’s famous trilogy of novels His dark materials, is also one of his greatest film successes. In the years that followed, in addition to filming the James Bond films, smaller roles in various film productions followed. In 2018 it was announced that Daniel Craig would be starring in the crime film Knives Out.
Daniel Craig has won numerous awards over the course of his career: starting in 2000 at the Berlinale as the best young European actor and continuing with the audience award of the European Film Awards in 2004. In 2005 Daniel Craig was bestowed what is probably the greatest honor in the film industry: as the successor to Pierce Brosnan he will play the fictional secret agent James Bond. The public, which was very critical at the beginning of his occupation as James Bond, was enthusiastic about Daniel Craig’s acting talent when it was released in cinemas. The Briton was the first Bond actor to win the British Academy Film Awards for Best Actor in 2007. 2008 saw the world premiere of the next James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, starring Daniel Craig. In the years that followed, two more films about the British secret agent followed: “Skyfall” (2012) and “Spectre”. The 25th Bond film has been announced for 2020, in which Daniel Craig will again play the leading role.
“I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done.” – [“Ich stoppe nicht, wenn ich müde bin. Ich stoppe, wenn ich mit allem fertig bin.”]
“Sometimes it’s better to just remain silent and smile.” – [“Manchmal ist es besser, ruhig zu bleiben und zu lächeln.”]
After it became known that Daniel Craig would play the role of British secret agent James Bond in the future, both the press and the general public reacted negatively. After the announcement, the actor was dubbed as too inconspicuous, too blond, too scared and an absolute miscast. Proper protest actions formed to prevent the first Bond strip “Casino Royal” with Craig in the leading role. However, Daniel Craig was able to convince his critics with his acting talent and his considerable physical effort and received only positive reviews. In his private life, Daniel Craig is very socially committed: He is Chairman of the Honorary Board of Directors of the NGO Stop Trafficking of People, which campaigns against human trafficking.
|Estimated value:||€115 million|