Daniel Craig's Top 5 Roles (Video)

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Daniel Craig doesn’t like to talk much about his personal life -- the star of Cowboys & Aliens has been noticeably silent about his relationship with new wife, Rachel Weisz -- he’d rather people pay attention to his acting roles. But if you take a look into Craig’s acting reel, you’ll notice that the lives he leads onscreen are just as interesting.

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Craig is starring in several movies expected to make a big hit at the box office in 2011 and 2012. On the horizon are Dream House (a thriller in which he co-stars with his wife, Weisz), David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin, and Bond 23.

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But before his acting career really took off, it’s worth mentioning that Craig held several bit roles in major box office flicks: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, 1998 Golden Globe winner Elizabeth, and popular kids flick A Kid in King Arthur’s Court. His roles in these films were substantial but small, so we rounded up the five essential Craig-led movies to see if you haven’t yet.

1. The Road to Perdition (2002).

While Perdition is primarily a movie about the relationship between a mob enforcer (Tom Hanks) and his son, Craig portrayed a parallel of the “father-son” bond as the unpredictable violent mobster Conner Rooney. Mob boss John Rooney (Paul Newman) felt a duty to always protect Connor, no matter how evil his actions may be.

2. Layer Cake (2004).

Many Craig-enthusiasts who were fans before he became Bond consider this film to be his breakout role, as it was Craig’s first major motion picture where he was the lead actor. In this sexy film co-starring Sienna Miller, Craig plays a successful drug dealer who attempts to retire from the business without tipping off his supplier.

3. Munich (2005).

Steven Spielberg’s Munich chronicles the aftermath of the massacre at the 1972 Olympics that left 11 Israelis dead. Craig has a supporting role here – as one of the men hired in a squad of assassins whose sole purpose is to seek retribution for the attack.

4. Casino Royale (2006).

Craig certainly faced criticism when it was first announced that he would replace Pierce Brosnan in the latest installment of the Bond franchise. But director Martin Campbell let the film do the talking, and boy, did it ever. The box office rewarded them with nearly $600 million in worldwide grosses—a record for the Bond franchise to date.

5. Quantum of Solace (2008).


Coming off the tails of success, the expectations were high for Craig to outperform himself in Casino Royale. While Quantum never quite reached the high box office grosses of Royale, it still left Bond fans itching for more. Production begins this year for Bond 23, directed by Sam Mendes.
 

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