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2 MARCH 2017
A CELEBRATION OF DANIEL CRAIG (JAMES BOND)

A celebration of Daniel Craig - hailed as one of the finest actors of his generation now known worldwide as the sixth person to portray James Bond on film - on his 48th birthday. In our eyes, Daniel Craig is the best actor to portray James Bond after Sean Connery.

With this page, From Sweden with Love would like to celebrate the brilliant and wonderful English actor and congratulate him on his birthday.

"Happy birthday Daniel and all the best, we love you as James Bond, keep up the great work. Hope to see you back in Sweden soon."

“Daniel plays Bond as a gentleman. But he’s also trashy and sexy and scary. And that’s an attractive combination. Previous Bonds were cerebral, Craig is physical.” – Eva Green

About Daniel Craig:
Daniel Craig was born in Chester and brought up in Liverpool, leaving there to join the National Youth Theatre in London at the age of seventeen. He continued his training at the prestigious London Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 1991.

Craig made his film debut in 1992 in the South African boxing drama The Power of One but came to the attention of critics and casting directors in the much lauded 1996 television drama serial Our Friends in the North, playing the role of Geordie Peacock.

In 1998 he played the role of George Dyer, painter Francis Bacon’s working class boyfriend in John Maybury’s powerful biopic Love Is the Devil. In 2000 he was recognised as one of European Films’ “Shooting Stars”. This was followed by roles in The Trench (the "new" Q, Ben Whishaw, also appears in that film) written and directed by acclaimed author William Boyd (who wrote the James Bond novel Solo published in 2013), the ensemble black comedy Hotel Splendide (2000) (with Helen McCrory who portrays "Clair Dowar" in Skyfall), and then the Hollywood blockbuster Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) in which he played Lara Croft’s boyfriend.

In 2002, Craig starred in The Road to Perdition directed by Sam Mendes (the director of Skyfall and SPECTRE), receiving critical acclaim for his portrayal of Connor Rooney, the troubled son of crime boss John Rooney, played by Paul Newman. The following year he starred in The Mother, a powerful drama directed by Roger Michell in which he played a young man who has an affair with a sixty year-old woman. This was followed by the role of Ted Hughes, starring opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in Sylvia about the lives of poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.

In 2004, Craig took leading roles in Enduring Love (again with Ben Whishaw & Helen McCrory, and also stuntmen Bill Weston and Nick Wilkinson of James Bond fame), directed by Roger Michell, adapted from Ian McEwan’s novel, and Layer Cake (a FSWL favourite), Matthew Vaughn’s successful directorial debut about the contemporary criminal drug scene.

A role in John Maybury’s thriller The Jacket (2005), starring alongside Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley, was followed by the lead in the television adaptation of Robert Harris’ bestselling novel Arcangel (2005), and a leading role in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar nominated Munich (2005) in which two villains from the James Bond series appears, Michael Lonsdale and Mathieu Amalric.

In 2006, Craig played Perry Smith in Infamous opposite Toby Jones as Truman Capote (writer of the best-selling novel “In Cold Blood”) based on the murders committed by Smith and Dick Hickock. He then starred opposite Nicole Kidman and Jeffery Wright (Felix Leiter in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace) in The Invasion (2007), a horror thriller directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel.

After Casino Royale (2006), Daniel Craig teamed again with Kidman to star in The Golden Compass (2007) (Eva Green, Christopher Lee and Edward de Souza also appears in the film), based on the first novel in the Philip Pullman trilogy. Followed by Flashbacks of a Fool (2008), written and directed by Baillie Walsh, and then Defiance (2008) directed by Edward Zwick.

In 2008, he returned as James Bond for the second time in Quantum of Solace and this year he is back as Ian Fleming's secret agent in Skyfall.

Alongside his film work, Craig is acknowledged as a highly accomplished stage actor. His credits include leading roles in Hurlyburly, with the Peter Hall Company at the Old Vic, Angels in America at the National Theatre, and in 2002 he was nominated for a London Evening Standard Award for Best Actor for his performance in A Number, playing three roles opposite Michael Gambon. In 2009, he starred in A Steady Rain on Broadway alongside Hugh Jackman.

In June 2011, Daniel Craig married British actress Rachel Weisz who he had known for several years.

Editor's note:
For other posts covering Daniel Craig featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Films with Daniel Craig:
2015: SPECTRE (James Bond) - Director: Sam Mendes
2012: Skyfall (2012) (James Bond) - Director: Sam Mendes
2011: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Mikael Blomkvist) - Director: David Fincher
2011: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (Red Rackham) - Director: Steven Spielberg
2011: Dream House (Will Atenton) - Director: Jim Sheridan
2011: Cowboys & Aliens (Jake Lonergan) - Director: Jon Favreau
2008: Defiance (Tuvia Bielski) - Director: Edward Zwick
2008: Quantum of Solace (James Bond) - Director: Marc Forster
2008: Flashbacks of a Fool (Adult Joe Scot) - Director: Baillie Walsh
2007: The Golden Compass (Lord Asriel) - Director: Chris Weitz
2007: The Invasion (Ben Driscoll) - Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
2006: Casino Royale (James Bond) - Director: Martin Campbell
2006: Infamous (Perry Smith) - Director: Douglas McGrath
2005: Munich (Steve) - Director: Steven Spielberg
2005: Archangel (Prof. Fluke Kelso) - Director: Jon Jones
2005: Sorstalanság (US Army Sergeant) - Director: Lajos Koltai
2005: The Jacket (Rudy Mackenzie) - Director: John Maybury
2004: Layer Cake (XXXX) - Director: Matthew Vaughn
2004: Enduring Love (Joe) - Director: Roger Michell
2003: Sylvia (Ted Hughes) - Director: Christine Jeffs
2003: The Mother (Darren) - Director: Roger Michell
2002: Copenhagen (Werner Heisenberg) - Director: Howard Davies
2002: Ten Minutes Older: The Cello (Cecil) - Director: Michael Radford
2002: Road to Perdition (Connor Rooney) - Director: Sam Mendes
2001: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (Alex West) - Director: Simon West
2001: Sword of Honour (Guy Crouchback) - Director: Bill Anderson (written by William Boyd)
2000: Hotel Splendide (Ronald Blanche) - Director: Terence Gross
2000: Some Voices (Ray) - Director: Simon Cellan Jones
2000: I Dreamed of Africa (Declan Fielding) - Director: Hugh Hudson
2000: Love & Rage (James Lynchehaun) - Director: Cathal Black
1999: Shockers: The Visitor (Richard) - Director: Audrey Cooke
1999: The Trench (Sgt. Telford Winter) - Director: William Boyd
1998: Love Is the Devil (George Dyer) - Director: John Maybury
1998: Elizabeth (John Ballard) - Director: Shekhar Kapur
1997: Obsession (John MacHale) - Director: Peter Sehr
1997: The Ice House (D.S. Andy McLoughlin) - Director: Tim Fywell
1996: Saint-Ex (Guillaumet) - Director: Anand Tucker
1996: Kiss and Tell (Matt Kearney) - Director: David Richards
1996: The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (James Seagrave) - Director: David Attwood
1995: A Kid in King Arthur's Court (Master Kane) - Director: Michael Gottlieb
1993: Sharpe's Eagle (Berry) - Director: Tom Clegg
1992: The Power of One (Sgt. Botha) - Director: John G. Avildsen

Birthdays for other James Bond film actors on From Sweden With Love:
>Barry Nelson (April 16)
>Bob Holness (November 12)
>George Lazenby (September 5)
>Roger Moore (October 14)
>Sean Connery (August 25)
>Pierce Brosnan (May 16)
>Timothy Dalton (March 21)

Photo above:
Daniel Craig after the press call for SPECTRE at Pinewood Studios in December 2014.

Visited the best (unofficial) website entirely dedicated to Daniel Craig:
www.dedicatedtodaniel.com
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“There Is No Conversation” - An Evening with Daniel Craig in New York

On Friday evening, October 7th, in New York City, James Bond fans were treated to an evening getting to know the man behind the sixth incarnation of the legendary super-spy, James Bond. But for anyone who was hoping for an announcement about Daniel Craig’s future as 007, ninety minutes can be a long time.

Fresh off the set of Steven Soderbergh's‘ Logan Lucky (2017) where he plays a character named Joe Bang, Daniel Craig was still sporting the platinum blonde hair as he bonded with his fans in a way that one might not expect from the actor with the reputation for being “prickly” with fans and media. What might surprise the casual fan was just how warm, humble and candid Daniel Craig really came across, and with a self-deprecating sense of humor.

About his ‘prickly’ reputation: “I’m not at all! I love my job and I celebrate what I do! But, I’ve always had pretty strict rules about privacy, so when that line gets crossed, I get pissed off.” Of paparazzi and living in the public eye, “It’s incredibly unnatural!” He added, “2005 was the year the Internet went ‘bah-bam,’ and suddenly I was very exposed online.”

Naturally in a 90-minute forum, the conversation will cover the gambit. Daniel Craig was born on a stack of beer crates in the city of Chester, England. His grandfather was a master tailor, his mother an art teacher, and his father was the landlord of two rowdy pubs in Cheshire. With a background like that, you would think Craig was almost destined to become an actor portraying the world’s best-dressed brawler. But, Craig will be the first to refute any reputation as a pub-scrapper. “Normally, what happens in bar fights is you get two guys who are really drunk and get really exhausted really quickly, swing a couple of times and start gasping for breath.” Craig can recount being approached by self-proclaimed tough guys looking to get into a “dick swinging” competition. “I’m an actor! It’s not real!”

Daniel Craig New Yorker festival
A self-proclaimed “massive Sean Connery fan,” the 48-year-old actor described his early days of sneaking to the local cinema where they showed third run movies. He cited Blade Runner (1982) as an early influence, as well as Harrison Ford as an actor, and laments the current generic, focus-group-driven nature of the film industry today.

Craig spoke at length about current projects, including the Broadway production of Othello, in which Craig will be starring in, that Barbara Broccoli will be producing, as well as the upcoming TV series, Purity currently in production, which is based on the novel by Jonathan Franzen. When asked what drew him the character of Andreas Wolf, Craig look bewildered and responded candidly, “Have you read the book? It’s fucking great!”

Of course, there was no escaping the current political landscape. While Craig confirmed he had donated to Bernie Sanders’ campaign and was a Hillary Clinton supporter (“I’m with her by the way.”), even the most ardent Trump supporter couldn’t feel offended by his mild criticisms. “You can’t run a country like a business. There are losses, and businesses wouldn’t put up with that. But those losses are there for good reason; we need to pick up the slack and we have to look after people.”

Craig was asked why at this stage of his career he would take an uncredited role as a stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). He once again looked confused, saying, “It’s fucking Star Wars!”

His introduction to the role of Bond has to be one of the most unlikely in cinema history. When a good friend passed away, Daniel was one of the pallbearers at the funeral. It was there that a mutual friend came up and introduced herself. That friend was Barbara Broccoli. Six months later, Daniel was invited out for “a cup of tea.” From there, it took a year and a half of deliberation before he would be crowned the new James Bond.

Craig was carefully diplomatic when asked about where the Brosnan era had left the Bond franchise. “I can’t actually raise my eyebrow; I have to use my hand.” He admitted that if the script for Casino Royale (2006) had been similar to the last few films, he would have turned it down. It was Craig’s request to be part of the creative process that prompted him to accept the role and make history.

When the subject of Craig’s future as James Bond finally arrived, the actor was eager to clarify his “slash my wrists” comments. “They say that shit sticks and that has definitely stuck to me. But, that was the day after I finished filming. It’s like you’re 20 yards from the end of a marathon and someone asks if you want to do another one, you’d say “fuck you!”
Finally, Craig was asked about the next Bond film. “Where does that conversation stand?” He replied bluntly, “It doesn’t.”

Daniel Craig New Yorker festival
He explained that it wasn’t his intention to make any announcement at this time, and continued, “There’s no conversation going on, and genuinely because everybody’s just a bit tired.”

With that, the floor was opened up for questions, and right out of the gate, one Bond fan pressed Daniel on the issue of continuing the role, and asked what is most tedious about making a Bond movie? Daniel discussed how physically demanding it can be, but continued, “The things I get to do on a Bond movie, there is no other job like it. And if I were to stop doing it, I would miss it terribly.”

He was then asked about Spectre (2015), and if throwing his PPK into the Thames and driving off into the sunset represented the end of his character arc? Craig replied, “The answer is, Yes,” but continued on, “At that moment, that’s what he thinks. But, it always says, ‘To be continued’ at the end, doesn't it?”

As the enjoyable evening was reaching its conclusion, yours truly had the opportunity to approach the microphone and ask one question: “Daniel, thank you for everything you have brought to James Bond. Is there something that James Bond has given to you? Something that you have taken away from being James Bond that may have surprised you?”

Daniel Craig literally clasped his hands together with a childlike smile and said, “There is a garage upstate somewhere with an Aston Martin in it!”

Written by Joseph Darlington, the man behind Being James Bond. © 2016 From Sweden with Love.
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27 OCTOBER 2013-5 JANUARY 2014
DANIEL CRAIG ON BROADWAY IN BETRAYAL

Daniel Craig and his gorgeous wife Rachel Weisz plays the lead roles in Betrayal, a new play on Broadway in New York during 14 weeks only. Tickets go on sale on September 3, 2013. A preview will be held on October 1.

Story:
Betrayal uses reverse chronology to tell the story of Robert (played by Daniel Craig), whose wife, Emma (Rachel Weisz), is having an affair with his friend Jerry (Rafe Spall), a literary agent.

Betrayal is written by Harold Pinter with original music by James Murphy.

Creative team:
Director: Mike Nichols
Set Designer: Ian MacNeil
Costume Designer: Ann Roth
Lighting Designer: Brian MacDevitt
Sound Designer: Scott Lehrer

Editor's note:
For other posts about Daniel Craig presented on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Photo above:
The marquee for Betrayal at the Barrymore Theatre in New York.

More information and the latest news about Daniel Craig in Betrayal on the official page:
www.broadway.com/shows/betrayal/
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21 DECEMBER 2011
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO AT CINEMAS

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), a young computer hacker.

>Watch the first trailer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo here
>Watch the second trailer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo here

Trivia about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo:

Daniel Craig originally turned down the role of Mikael Blomkvist due to possible conflicts with the next Bond 23: SkyFall (2012). After production of the film was suspended Craig's schedule freed up and retook the role.

Stellan Skarsgård, who is Swedish, appears in this remake but ironically not in the Swedish-language original.

While filming a scene in a diner, cast and crew were surprised to find out that Ellen Nyqvist, daughter of Michael Nyqvist (the first actor to play Mikael Blomkvist), was working there as a waitress while attending school. Upon finding out, they wrote in a few extra lines for her, allowing her to interact with her father's successor, Daniel Craig.

Max von Sydow was the original choice to play Henrik Vanger, but had to bow out and was replaced by Christopher Plummer.

Cast:
Rooney Mara (Lisbeth Salander)
Daniel Craig (Mikael Blomkvist)
Stellan Skarsgård (Martin Vanger)
Robin Wright (Erika Berger)
Christopher Plummer (Henrik Vanger)
Embeth Davidtz (Annika Blomkvist)
Joel Kinnaman (Christer Malm)
Goran Visnjic (Dragan Armansky)
Steven Berkoff (Dirch Frode)

WORLDWIDE RELEASE DATES FOR THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2011):

North America:
• United States: 21-Dec-11

Latin America:
• América Central: 20-Jan-12
• Argentina: 19-Jan-12
• Bolivia: 26-Jan-12
• Brasil: 27-Jan-12
• Chile: 26-Jan-12
• Colombia: 27-Jan-12
• Ecuador: 13-Jan-12
• México: 13-Jan-12
• Perú: 26-Jan-12
• Uruguay: 20-Jan-12
• Venezuela: 27-Jan-12

Middle East / Africa:
• Bahrain: 5-Jan-12
• Egypt: 4-Jan-12
• Ethiopia: 6-Jan-12
• Israel: 29-Dec-11
• Jordan: 4-Jan-12
• Kenya: 6-Jan-12
• Kuwait: 5-Jan-12
• Lebanon: 5-Jan-12
• Nigeria: 6-Jan-12
• Oman: 5-Jan-12
• Qatar: 5-Jan-12
• South Africa: 6-Jan-12
• Syria: 5-Jan-12
• United Arab Emirates: 5-Jan-12

Asia Pacific:
• Australia: 12-Jan-12
• Hong Kong: 5-Jan-12
• India: 6-Jan-12
• Indonesia: 4-Jan-12
• Japan: Feb 2012
• Korea: 19-Jan-12
• Malaysia: 5-Jan-12
• New Zealand: 26-Jan-12
• Philippines: 8-Jan-12
• Singapore: 5-Jan-12
• Taiwan: 31-Dec-11
• Thailand: 2-Feb-12
• Vietnam: 30-Dec-11

Europe:
• Austria: 13-Jan-12
• Belgium: 18-Jan-12
• Bulgaria: 6-Jan-12
• Croatia: 29-Dec-11
• Czech Republic: 12-Jan-12
• Denmark: 21-Dec-11
• Germany: 12-Jan-12
• Estonia: 6-Jan-12
• Finland: 21-Dec-11
• France: 18-Jan-12
• Greece: 12-Jan-12
• Hungary: 19-Jan-12
• Iceland: 6-Jan-12
• Italy: 27-Jan-12
• Latvia: 13-Jan-12
• Lithuania: 6-Jan-12
• Netherlands: 19-Jan-12
• Norway: 21-Dec-11
• Poland: 13-Jan-12
• Portugal: 19-Jan-12
• Russia: 5-Jan-12
• Romania: 30-Dec-11
• Serbia and Montenegro: 5-Jan-12
• Slovakia: 12-Jan-12
• Slovenia: 29-Dec-11
• Spain: 13-Jan-12
• Sweden: 21-Dec-11
• Switzerland (French): 18-Jan-12
• Switzerland (German): 12-Jan-12
• Switzerland (Italian): 27-Jan-12
• Turkey: 13-Jan-12
• Ukraine: 5-Jan-12
• United Kingdom: 26-Dec-11

Editor's note:
For other posts covering Daniel Craig featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Visit the official website for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo for more information:
www.imdb.com/title/tt1568346/
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30 SEPTEMBER 2011
DANIEL CRAIG: A JAMES BOND OF OUR TIMES

Publication of a new edition of Daniel Craig: A James Bond of Our Times in paperback. The book is a biography about the current James Bond actor written by Brandon Hurst.

• The most up to date biography of the James Bond actor.
• Beautiful hardback edition with full page B/W photos dating from Daniel’s childhood to present day film shots.
• Latest edition published in September 2011.

Book details:
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Top Spot Publishing
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1905382855
ISBN-13: 978-1905382859
Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches

Editor's note:
For other posts covering Daniel Craig featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Order Daniel Craig: A James Bond of Our Times at a discounted price from Amazon US:
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1905382855/fromswedenwit-20/
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SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER 2009
DANIEL CRAIG ON BROADWAY IN A STEADY RAIN

Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman star in the most anticipated theatrical event of the season, A Steady Rain, on Broadway in New York.

This new American play by Keith Huff tells the story of two Chicago cops who are lifelong friends and whose differing accounts of a few harrowing days change their lives forever. Directing is John Crowley.

A Steady Rain is produced on Broadway by Frederick Zollo, Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Raymond L. Gaspard, Frank Gero, Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Jeffrey Sine, Michael Rose Ltd, The Shubert Organization, Inc. and Robert Cole. Set and costume design are by two-time Tony Award winner Scott Pask, with lighting design by two-time Tony Award nominee Hugh Vanstone and original music and sound design by Mark Bennett.

CAST:
Daniel Craig (Joey)
A highly accomplished stage actor, Daniel’s theatre credits include leading roles in Hurlyburly with the Peter Hall Company at the Old Vic, Angels in America at The National Theatre, and A Number at the Royal Court Theatre.

Born in 1968 in Chester and raised near Liverpool, Daniel was first introduced to theatre at The Liverpool Everyman. When he reached his late teens, he moved to London to join the National Youth Theatre before continuing his training at [...]the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and has since secured roles in television, theatre and film, and has gone on to become regarded as one of Britain’s finest actors.

In 2006 Mr. Craig became the sixth ‘James Bond’ in Casino Royale, for which he received a BAFTA Award nomination (Best Actor) and the film became the highest grossing in the history of the 007 franchise. 2008 saw Daniel’s second outing as James Bond in Quantum of Solace directed by Marc Forster, which became the highest grossing of the 22 films in the Bond franchise in America and Canada. Mr. Craig has recently finished making Steven Spielberg’s new film The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. Earlier this year he was seen in Edward Zwick’s critically acclaimed film Defiance.

In 2008 audiences saw Daniel in The Golden Compass and Flashbacks of a Fool directed by Baillie Walsh. In 2005 audiences saw him in Stephen Spielberg’s Oscar nominated Munich, Douglas McGrath’s Infamous for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination (Best Supporting Actor), Matthew Vaughn’s directorial debut Layer Cake, in a supporting role in The Jacket and in Roger Michell’s critically acclaimed Enduring Love, (based on the novel by Ian McEwan). Prior to Enduring Love, he starred opposite Gwyneth Paltrow as Ted Hughes in Sylvia.

In 2003 Daniel was seen starring in The Mother, based on a screenplay by Hanif Kureishi and directed by Roger Michell. In 2002 he garnered much critical acclaim for his role in Sam Mendes’ The Road to Perdition. Daniel’s earlier film credits include Elizabeth, Love and Rage and Love is the Devil among others. Daniel has numerous television credits including notable projects such as the BBC’s adaptation of Michael Frayn’s award-winning drama “Copenhagen,” “Our Friends in the North” and “Archangel.

Hugh Jackman (Denny)
Australian native Hugh Jackman won a 2004 Tony Award, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World awards for Best Actor in a musical for his portrayal of the 1970s singer-songwriter Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz. Previous theater credits include Carousel at Carnegie Hall, Oklahoma! at the National Theater in London (Olivier Award nomination), Sunset Boulevard (MO Award - Australia's Tony Award) and Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

From 2003 through 2005 he hosted the Tony Awards, winning a 2004 Emmy for Outstanding Individual Performer in a Variety, Musical or Comedy program. Mr. Jackman made his first major U.S. film appearance as Wolverine in the first installment of the X-Men franchise, a role he reprised in the enormously successful X2 and 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. Most recently, he reprised his role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine which serves as a prequel to the popular series and grossed an outstanding $85 million domestically in its first weekend of release in May 2009.

On February 22, 2009, Jackman took on the prestigious role of Oscar host as he fronted the 81st Annual Academy Awards. Live from the Kodak, he wowed those in attendance and helped ABC score a 13% increase in viewer ship from the previous year.

In late 2008, Jackman appeared in 20th Century Fox’s romantic action-adventure epic Australia directed by Baz Luhrmann. The film, set in pre-WWII northern Australia, sees Jackman as a rugged cattle driver who assists an English aristocrat (played by Nicole Kidman) in driving a herd of 2000 cattle across hundreds of miles of rough terrain where they must also face the Japanese bombing of Darwin, Australia. In early 2008, Jackman was seen in the 20th Century Fox film Deception opposite Ewan McGregor. The dark film explores the mystery of a woman’s disappearance and a multi-million dollar heist.

In 2006 Jackman formed Seed Productions with his producing partners John Palermo and Deborra-lee Furness. Deception was Seed's first feature. Additionally that year, Jackman was the recipient of ShoWest's Male Star of the Year award. Recently, Jackman has starred in Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain, Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, and Woody Allen’s Scoop. In addition, he lent his voice to the animated features Happy Feet and Flushed Away. Other leading roles include Someone Like You, Swordfish, Van Helsing, and Kate and Leopold, for which he received a 2002 Golden Globe nomination. Jackman's career began in Australia in the independent films Paperback Hero and Erskineville Kings (Australian Film Critics' Circle Best Actor award and The Australian Film Institute Best Actor nomination).

In 1999, he was named Australian Star of the Year at the Australian Movie Convention.

CREATIVE TEAM:
Keith Huff (Playwright):
Keith Huff is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, holds an MFA from the University of Iowa's Playwright's Workshop, and is the recipient of a Jeff Award, a Drama-Logue Award, the Cunningham Prize, the John Gassner Award, the Berrilla Kerr Award, and three Illinois Arts Council Playwriting Fellowships.

He has developed plays at The O'Neill Theatre Center National Playwrights Conference, The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, New York Stage and Film, Steppenw [...]olf, Berkeley Rep, The Eureka Theatre, Studio Arena Theatre, Wooly Mammoth, Eye of the Storm, Echo Theatre, Act One/Showtime, Alice's 4th Floor, Florida Studio Theatre, WordBridge Playwrights Laboratory, and Midwest PlayLabs. His plays have been produced Off-Broadway, internationally, and nationally.

A STEADY RAIN, developed at the NY Stage and Film Powerhouse Mainstage in 2006, played to critical acclaim during its sold-out 6-week run at Chicago Dramatists in 2007 and received Jeff Awards for New Work and Best Production in 2008. Veteran Broadway/Off-Broadway producers Frank Gero, Ray Gaspard, Jono Gero (Oleanna, Extremities, On Golden Pond, The Miss Firecracker Contest, Les Liaisons Dangereuse, Our Country’s Good) and Tony Award winning producer Fred Zollo (Frozen, Caroline, or Change, Angels in America, the Goat or Who Is Sylvia?, Buried Child, Night Mother, On Golden Pond) mounted an extended commercial run at Chicago’s Royal George Theater earlier this year. Keith’s newest play, Pursued By Happiness, was recently produced at Steppenwolf Theater as part of the First-Look Festival of New Plays.

His not-so-new plays, The Bird and Mr. Banks, opened at The Road Theater in LA in January, and Mud People is currently running at Chicago’s Mary-Arrchie Theatre through July 12, 2009. Recent productions of other plays include Dog Stories at Stageworks/Hudson, Deep Blue Sea with CollaborAction at Steppenwolf, Harry's Way and Prosperity at Riverside Theater, Karaoke Night at The Hog at Chicago Dramatists and Bloomington Playwrights Project, and Leon & Joey at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Gray City was recently workshopped in Chicago with Premiere Theater and Performance and Chicago Dramatists as well as at American Repertory Theater in Boston.

John Crowley (Director):
An award-winning theater director in his native Ireland, John Crowley has also served as associate director for London's Donmar Warehouse. He received a 2005 Tony nomination for his work on The Pillowman. His recent work includes the National Theatre’s original production of The Pillowman, On an Average Day and Macbeth in the West End and The Turn of the Screw for Welsh National Opera. Productions at the Donmar Warehouse include Tales From.

Performance Schedule:
Tuesday at 7pm
Wednesday - Saturday at 8pm
Wednesday & Saturday at 2pm
Sunday at 3pm
Added performance: Thursday, October 1 at 2pm
No performance: Thursday, November 26 at 8pm

Box Office:
The Schoenfeld Theatre Box Office
236 West 45th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
New York, NY 10036

Box Office Hours:
Monday-Saturday 10am-8:30pm
Sunday Noon-6pm

Ordering Tickets By Phone
Call 212-239-6200
(outside the NY metro area call 800-432-7250).

Group Tickets:
Call +1-212-239-6262 (outside the NY metro area call +1-800-432-7780)

A Steady Rain runs for 1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission.

May be inappropriate for patrons aged 15 and under. (Contains profanity, mature subject matter and politically-incorrect language.)

Student rush tickets will be available at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre box office with a valid student ID. Student rush tickets are only sold the day of the performance, when the box office opens, on a first come first served basis, and are $31.50 with a limit of two tickets per student/ID.

Editor's note:
For other posts covering Daniel Craig featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.

More information on the official website:
www.asteadyrainonbroadway.com
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24 APRIL 2009
PREMIERE FOR DEFIANCE STARRING DANIEL CRAIG

Daniel Craig (James Bond in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace) plays the leading role in Edward Zwick's WWII drama Defiance. The film, titled Motstånd in Sweden, premieres at cinemas on 14th April 2009.

The reality-based and astonishing story of the Bielski Partisans, who fought against the Nazis and saved numerous lives during the dark years of World War II, is based on the novel The Bielski Partisans by Nechama Tech.

Three brothers, played by Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell, which even today is spoken of as the unsung heroes, dared to defy the Nazis during WWII and saved 1 200 lives, equally as many as the far more famous Oskar Schindler.

When their family is tragically shattered by the German invasion forces during the occupation of Poland, a flame no one can stop arises within them. Many friends and family members are murdered mercilessly by the Germans. But instead of giving up and escape, they decide to stay and survive. They hide in the inaccessible forests surrounding their community and themselves gathering their entire village population. With the dense forest as a base, they fights the enemies smartly and ruthless. Their courage and determination to survive is their ultimate weapon.

Film details:
Cast: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Iben Hjejle, Tomas Arana, Mark Feuerstein m.fl.
Director: Edward Zwick
Age limit: 15 years
Genre: Action
Runtime: 131 minutes
Production year: 2008
Screen system: 1:85.1 Anamorphic
Sound system: DTS
Distributor in Sweden: Scanbox Entertainment

Editor's note:
For more posts about Daniel Craig on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Photo above:
The Swedish poster for Defiance. © 2009 Scanbox Entertainment. All rights reserved.

Visit the official website for Defiance for more information:
www.defiancemovie.co.uk
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19 DECEMBER 2007
INFAMOUS STARRING DANIEL CRAIG ON DVD

Daniel Craig (James Bond in Casino Royale) plays the part of Perry Smith in Douglas McGrath's drama Infamous. The film, titled Capote - En iskall mordgåta in Sweden, is released on DVD worlwide on 19th December 2007.

While researching his book "In Cold Blood", flamboyant and homosexual writer Truman Capote develops a close relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith. Smith is a dangerous man who along with his partner-in-crime, Richard Hickock, shot and killed a family of four, with an almost unreal cynicism and without any motive.

Capote engages in the incident and through a long series of interviews arises the trust between the two men.

The role of Capote - one of the most fascinating and controversial writers in American literature - is played with great authenticity by Toby Jones.

Film details:
Cast: Toby Jones, Daniel Craig, Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow
Director: Douglas McGrath
Age limit: 15 years
Genre: Biography, Drama
Runtime: 113 minutes
Production year: 2006
Subtitles: Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish
Screen system: 1:78.1 16:9 Fullframe
Sound system: DTS
Menu type: Animated
Features: Scene selection, Trailer, Sneak previews
Other features: Audio commentary with director and writer Douglas McGrath
Distributor in Sweden: Scanbox Entertainment

Editor's note:
For more posts about Daniel Craig on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Photo above:
Daniel Craig in a scene from Infamous. © 2007 Scanbox Entertainment. All rights reserved.

Visit the official website for Infamous for more information:
wip.warnerbros.com/infamous/
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8 NOVEMBER 2007
DANIEL CRAIG: ULTIMATE PROFESSIONAL (PB)

Hailed as the best Bond since Connery for his performance in Casino Royale (2006), Daniel Craig is now in a unique position. Daniel O’Brien’s revealing biography traces Craig’s story from his childhood in Liverpool, right up to the present day.

You Know His Name - not only as the latest James Bond in CASINO ROYALE, but also as XXXX in LAYER CAKE, Ben Driscoll in THE INVASION and Lord Asriel in THE GOLDEN COMPASS. Yet Daniel Craig has long been recognised as one of the best British actors of his generation, a committed professional who is passionate about his work and has often shunned the lure of easy money in Hollywood blockbusters in favour of more challenging roles in low-budget European films.

Daniel Craig - Ultimate Professional takes an in-depth look at the career of the pub landlord's son who made his acting debut at the age of six and rose to prominence through roles such as the tormented Geordie Peacock in OUR FRIENDS IN THE NORTH, the schizophrenic Ray in SOME VOICES, the mercenary archeologist Alex West in LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER, the amorous carpenter Darren in THE MOTHER, and the murderous Perry Smith in INFAMOUS.

Fully illustrated throughout, Daniel Craig - Ultimate Professional also includes 16 pages of colour photos of the actor who was voted the sexiest man in the world in a recent poll.

Book details:
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Reynolds & Hearn Ltd
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1905287445
ISBN-13: 978-1905287444
Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
Prive: 17.99 GBP

Editor's note:
For other posts covering Daniel Craig featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.

For more biographies presented on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Order your copy from Amazon UK at a discounted price below:
www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1905287445/fromswedenwit-21/
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SEPTEMBER 2007
DANIEL CRAIG BY BRANDON HURST

UK release for a biography about the current James Bond actor written by Brandon Hurst and published by Artnik Books Ltd, hardcover version which retails for 9.99 pound. Order your copy now...
www.artnik.org/proddetail.php?prod=1-905382-10-3
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3 SEPTEMBER 2007
DANIEL CRAIG BY SARAH MARSHALL

UK release for a biography about the current James Bond actor written by Sarah Marshall and published by John Blake Publishing Ltd, hardcover version which retails for 17.99 pound. Order your copy now...
www.blake.co.uk/e-store/product.php?productid=5522&cat=0&page=1
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