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30 SEPTEMBER-1 OCTOBER 2017
CASINO ROYALE (2006) LIVE IN CONCERT AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL

Casino Royale (2006) will be screened for the first time with the score performed live by a full symphony orchestra as part of Royal Albert Hall's ever popular Films in Concert series.

Tickets for the two screening on Saturday 30 September, 2:30pm and 7:30pm, and the one on Sunday 1 October are priced between 35 and 80 GBP and now on sale at www.royalalberthall.com.The running time is approximately 145 minutes, plus one interval (25 minutes).

As mentioned above, this will be the first time an entire Bond score has ever officially been performed live, as the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Gavin Greenaway play David Arnold’s powerful score in sync with the film on the big screen. David Arnold, who has scored five Bond films, will discuss his collaboration with the 007 franchise in a pre-concert question and answer session.

Casino Royale, directed by Martin Campbell, is the 21st Bond film in Eon Productions' beloved film series and the first starring Daniel Craig. The film features an international cast that included French-Swedish actress Eva Green, Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, American actor Jeffrey Wright and highly acclaimed British actress Judi Dench.

FSWL founder Anders Frejdh wrote this about Daniel as agent 007 in his review of Casino Royale in 2006:

"Craig is a terrific choice to play Bond and his incredible talent as an actor gives the performance an added dimension. He is tough and vulnerable and yet unstoppable."


Copyright © 2006 Danjaq LLC. & Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). All rights reserved.

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25 AUGUST 2017
LOGAN LUCKY WITH DANIEL CRAIG PREMIERES AT UK CINEMAS

Four years ago, Steven Soderbergh put movie-making on the shelf and considered retiring. Now Oscar-winning director returns with a new legendary coup and a dynamic acting trio introducing Daniel Craig as Joe Bang in the action comedy Logan Lucky.

Also starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterson, Dwight Yoakam, Sebastian Stan, Brian Gleeson, Jack Quaid, with Hilary Swank.

Daniel Craig i filmen Logan Lucky
Synopsis:
Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The production shot at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the actual NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 and the Bank of America 500, as well as at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In a fun twist, six NASCAR stars pop up in non-driver cameo roles in the film.

Official trailer:


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Film facts:
Running time: 119 minutes
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Screenwriter: Rebecka Blunt
Genre: Comedy

About Daniel Craig
Hailed as one of the finest actors of his generation on stage, screen and television. Daniel was most recently seen in the eagerly anticipated Spectre which was released in October 2015. Previously to this, Daniel was seen returning as ‘James Bond’ for the third time, in the critically acclaimed box office smash Skyfall and he has also starred as ‘Bond’ in Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale. In 2011 Craig starred in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, directed by David Fincher, he played the lead character Mikael Blomkvist opposite Rooney Mara.

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15 AUGUST 2017
OFFICIAL: DANIEL CRAIG CONFIRMED TO PLAY 007 IN BOND 25

After a wild and occasionally silly speculation by media and a long time for dedicated James Bond fans, Daniel Craig has officially announced his return as Ian Fleming's agent 007 in the 25th Bond film due for release in November 2019.

Official announcement:
Daniel Craig is returning to play 007 in Bond 25. The actor confirmed he would play James Bond for the fifth time to host Stephen Colbert on The Late Show last night. Bond 25 will be released in US cinemas on November 8, 2019 with a traditional early release in the UK and the rest of the world.

Anders Frejdh, FSWL's founder and chief-editor, comments the news:

"Ever since I last interviewed Daniel Craig, in conjunction with the premiere of SPECTRE in London, I have hoped [and always thought] he will return in the role of James Bond because, in my eyes, his performance as 007 in that film is his best to date. Also pleased to be able to confirm that Daniel will be the longest serving James Bond actor ever after being announced as Pierce Brosnan's successor on October 14, 2005. "(Roger Moore is the longest serving Bond actor to date.)

Watch the entire announcement from Daniel Craig on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert below:


Bond 25 will be written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, long time collaborators and writers on previous Bond films including Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012) and SPECTRE (2015). The film will be produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

Additional details regarding distribution, including international release dates, rest of the cast and director, will be announced at a later date.

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Daniel Craig posing for the press on the red carpet at the World premiere of SPECTRE in London, October 26, 2015. Copyright (c) From Sweden with Love.

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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)

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

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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!”

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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.”

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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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SPECTRE starring Daniel Craig (a James Bond film)

Daniel Craig really becomes James Bond in SPECTRE - A spoiler-free review of SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond film from Eon Productions. (This is the first review originally published in Swedish.)

By Anders Frejdh, Founding Editor of From Sweden with Love.

For the fourth time Daniel Craig stars as Ian Fleming's secret agent 007 with a license to kill. This time, he's better than ever in the role. Craig is a great actor - the greatest of all who have played Bond so far. This really is his finest hour as Her Majesty's best secret agent.

Once again, director Sam Mendes has given us a film full of entertainment, excitement and sexuality. As with his previous film, Skyfall, SPECTRE retains a freshness and vitality. Stunt co-ordinator Gary Powell and special effects supervisor Chris Corbould ensure there are many spectacular chases, stunts and special effects from a vast and talented team. Mendes gives us a sense of reality and plausibility together with several visual nods to previous films in the series (satisfying all the Bond fans). It is smartly done, but not pastiche. It is also just the right level of humor this time, something that Craig handles really well. Even more refreshing was that there are no exaggerated product placements.

The entire ensemble is impeccable. Casting director Debbie McWilliams have yet again done a wonderful job in finding the right actors for each role.

Christoph Waltz as Franz Oberhauser is perfect as a rogue - a complex character who is similar (or possibly superior to) Bond, which is as it always should be. As for "Bond ladies' Mendes has once again made good choices. The Italian Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, the oldest Bond girl so far, shows that sexiness is not about age. But unfortunately, her role is far too small. French actress Léa Seydoux as Dr Madeleine Swann is as engaging and stylish - her character an integral part of the action, not just eye candy, as has sometimes previously been the case.

American Dave Bautista as the Oddjob-like villain, Mr Hinx, provides a sinister and evil presence on the screen. All MI6 employees played by Ralph Fiennes (Gareth Mallory aka M), Ben Whishaw (Q) and Naomie Harris (Eve Moneypenny) are back and being really in the forefront of this film. And I totally enjoyed their 'rival', Andrew Scott (head of the Centre for National Security), another new fabulous actor on the Bond scene.

Denmark's Jesper Christensen is back as Mr. White (from Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace) and adds an extra layer of depth to the film and although small, the part in not insignificant.

SPECTRE is enhanced by the stunning cinematography by Sweden-based Hoyte van Hoytema (has been Guldbagge for Best Cinematography to three Swedish films) and his Swedish colleague Jallo Faber who handled the 2nd unit photography. Each frame is fantastic with the composition and color palette simply delicious. Undoubtedly, SPECTRE is the most beautiful Bond movie.

The sound in SPECTRE gives that extra dimension: this is thanks to three-time Swedish Oscar® hero Per Hallberg. Having won an Oscar® for Skyfall, Per and his team have again done thorough and outstanding work. They may well be rewarded with another statuette.

The composer Thomas Newman is back and has done a sterling job with the music for his second Bond film. The screenplay by John Logan, Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth have made a plot that is tight and makes sense with an eye on contemporary intelligence concerns. They injected a lot of charm and wit into the story.

Mendes second Bond film is first-rate cinema entertainment that will please cinema audiences around the world - and also satisfy all those who, like me, wished for a classic Bond this time.

Skyfall set a new standard for Bond films which SPECTRE will do well to match. In fact the fourth Daniel Craig Bond film reveals itself to be connected to the previous three.

Finally, just take off the hat for the producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who once again have outdone themselves to bring Bond back with a bang. See SPECTRE at the cinema and decide for yourself.

Official synopsis for SPECTRE:
A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra, the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.

Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh, the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond's actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M. Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny and Q to help him seek out Madeleine Swann, the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White, who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.

As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks.

News on SPECTRE featured on From Sweden with Love:
>IMAX® premiere for SPECTRE in Sweden (November 3, 2015)
>Box-office record for SPECTRE in Sweden at opening weekend (November 2, 2015)
>Gala premiere for SPECTRE in Mexico City (November 2, 2015)
>Gala premiere for SPECTRE in Paris (October 29, 2015)
>Gala premiere for SPECTRE in Moscow (October 29, 2015)
>Gala premiere for SPECTRE in Madrid (October 28, 2015)
>Gala premiere for SPECTRE in Berlin (October 28, 2015)
>Gala premiere for SPECTRE in Amsterdam (October 28, 2015)
>Gala premiere for SPECTRE in Zurich (October 27, 2015)
>Gala premiere for SPECTRE in Rome (October 27, 2015)
>New video from the production of SPECTRE (October 20, 2015) VIDEO
>Third and last official trailer for SPECTRE (October 2, 2015) VIDEO
>Cover for original motion picture soundtrack for SPECTRE revealed (September 28, 2015)
>Scandinavian Gala premiere for SPECTRE in Copenhagen (September 28, 2015)
>The teme song, Writing's On The Wall by Sam Smith, released (September 25, 2015)
>Blood, Sweat and Bond: Behind the Scenes of SPECTRE book (September 24, 2015)
>New video from the production of SPECTRE (September 23, 2015) VIDEO
>Heineken launch SPECTRE campaign with Daniel Craig (September 21, 2015)
>Naomie Harris & Dave Bautista promotes Jaguar Land Rover (September 15, 2015)
>Bollinger reveals SPECTRE limited edition champagne bottle (September 14, 2015)
>Naomie Harris in SPECTRE ad for Sony Mobile (September 13, 2015)
>James Bond wears Crocket & Jones shoes in SPECTRE (September 11, 2015)
>Stephanie Sigman in SPECTRE ad for Belvedere Vodka (September 10, 2015)
>Sam Smith to sing title song for SPECTRE (September 8, 2015)
>New official poster revealed for SPECTRE (September 3, 2015)
>Aston Martin launch DB9 GB Bond edition to celebrate SPECTRE (September 2, 2015)
>OMEGA presents SPECTRE model of the Seamaster 300 M (August 14, 2015)
>New video from the production of SPECTRE (August 13, 2015) VIDEO
>Official trailer for SPECTRE (July 22, 2015) VIDEO
>World Premiere SPECTRE announcement (July 17, 2015)
>Video from the filming of SPECTRE in Mexico (June 15, 2015)
>TV spot for SPECTRE on American television (June 10, 2015)
>Video from the filming of SPECTRE (April 30, 2015) VIDEO
>Official teaser trailer for SPECTRE (March 28, 2015) VIDEO
>SPECTRE to be released in IMAX theatres (March 27, 2015)
>Official UK quad teaser poster for SPECTRE (March 17, 2015)
>Official international teaser poster for SPECTRE (March 17, 2015)
>Stephanie Sigman to play Estrella in SPECTRE (March 9, 2015)
>Video: Director Sam Mendes on SPECTRE (February 26, 2015) VIDEO
>Official photocall for SPECTRE in Rome Italy (February 18, 2015)
>First look at SPECTRE includes behind the scenes video (February 12, 2015) VIDEO
>Official photocall for SPECTRE in Solden Austria (January 7, 2015)
>Belvedere Vodka announces SPECTRE partnership (December 16, 2014)
>Official press release with details about the SPECTRE filming in Austria (December 10, 2014)
>Start of principal photography for SPECTRE in London (December 6, 2014)
>British actor Andrew Scott portrays MI5 staffer Denbigh in SPECTRE (December 4, 2014)
>Italian actress Monica Bellucci portrays Lucia Sciarra in SPECTRE (December 4, 2014)
>Aston Martin DB10 confirmed to appear in SPECTRE (December 4, 2014)
>Title and teaser poster revealed for Bond 24 (December 4, 2014)
>Opening photocall with cast & crew at Pinewood Studios (December 4, 2014)
>Janine Temime is the Costume Designer for Bond 24 (November 27, 2014)
>Austrian actor Christoph Waltz set to appear in Bond 24 (November 13, 2014)
>Dave Bautista set to appear in Bond 24 (October 13, 2014)
>French actress Léa Seydoux signed for Bond 24 (October 10, 2014)
>Hoyte van Hoytema is the Cinematographer for Bond 24 (September 17, 2014)
>IMAX experience awaits Bond 24 in Sweden (May 15, 2014)
>Scandinavian actresses auditioning for Bond 24 (May 12, 2014)
>New Aston Martin confirmed for Bond 24 (March 19, 2014)
>Ben Whishaw (Q) unveils the new Q Stage at Pinewood Studios (December 4, 2013)
>MGM and Danjaq acquire all film rights for Blofeld/SPECTRE (November 15, 2013)
>Initial press release for Bond 24 (July, 11 2013)

For more news on SPECTRE featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.

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Official poster for SPECTRE. © 2015 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Danjaq, LLC and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved.

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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.

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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:

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Skyfall starring Daniel Craig (a James Bond film)

Daniel Craig finds "home" as James Bond in SKYFALL - A spoiler-free review of SKYFALL. (The first one in Swedish.)

By Anders Frejdh, Founder and Editor of From Sweden with Love.

James Bond is back at the cinemas in the 23rd film from EON Productions, SKYFALL. For the third time in a row, Daniel Craig plays Ian Fleming's immortal agent 007 with a licence to kill, this time more personal than ever. Craig feels at home and has now made the part his own. Although no one, in my eyes, will ever surpass Sean Connery's elegant and hard version of 007, I would say that Craig is a great actor, perhaps the greatest one in the role.

The title SKYFALL is original and has not come from Ian Fleming's original novels or any of the other Bond books. Without revealing too much, the title has a great significance in the film, based on a screenplay by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan. We'll see James Bond in situations that we have not seen him before. They can be proud, the script is strong and the film is enormously lavish and well executed.

The film has no connection to the previous two with Craig. It starts with a spectacular and stunning chase sequence in Turkey with spectacular action mastered by the film's stunt coordinator, Gary Powell, and his talented team. One of Sweden's contributions to the film, Ola Rapace in the role of the mysterious Patrice, impresses in the fight with James Bond (Daniel Craig) on top of a speeding train. The clearly impressive opening sequence takes us through Istanbul's busy streets where gridlock is an understatement. Hats off to the production team behind the 2nd Unit lead by Bond veteran Terry Bamber.

The subsequent title sequence is both clever and memorable: Daniel Kleinman returning after his absence from the last film, has created some of the most accomplished titles since he began in 1995, having taken over from Maurice Binder (1925-1991) who put his stamp on 14 of the first 16 Bond title sequences. His work is aided immeasurably by being accompanied by Adele's title song: a classic theme in the Shirley Bassey tradition.

SKYFALL is the second longest James Bond film to date with a 143 minutes running time (CASINO ROYALE, with its 144 minutes, is the longest). Perhaps it is evidence the film makers have reacted to the somewhat criticized QUANTUM OF SOLACE. The delay caused by the studio’s financial woes gave them more time to develop the screenplay. Daniel Craig has been personally involved in the choice of director Sam Mendes and the choice of Javier Bardem who plays Bond's main enemy in the film, Raoul Silva. Bardem does a brilliant performance as Bond villain, without doubt one of the best in the series: nasty, intelligent and crazy.

One of the choices they made for SKYFALL was to bring back "Q". This time, and for the first time, we get to see Ben Whishaw in the role of a younger and more data-oriented Quartermaster. It remains to see what they make of the relationship between 007 and Q but the chemistry between the two actors is there, as well as the humor and respect for each other. I hope it grows into the relationship developed in 17 of the previous films when Q was played by the much-loved actor Desmond Llewelyn (1914-1999).

For the seventh time, Judi Dench portrays Bond's boss, "M", and as usual she makes a solid and lasting performance. The relationship between M and Bond is deepened even more in this film, and more personal than ever before.

One of the "Bond Girls", even if it feels slightly incorrect to call her that after seeing the film, is played by the shapely and obviously talented actress Bérénice Marlohe. She plays the enigmatic character "Severine", who I think will be one of the most memorable girls in the entire series. Naomie Harris does a fantastic job as Bond's colleague in the field, "Eve" - I hope and believe she will be back.

Director Sam Mendes first Bond film is hopefully not his last. He is a genuine Bond fan since childhood and a very talented filmmaker, his involvement is like icing on the cake for the movie. He won the Best Director Oscar for 1999’s American Beauty and has brought something majestic to the film.

In SKYFALL, there are countless of computer screens which are not directly suitable to film. This is the result of the work of talented artist Ian Sargent who spent 11 months on the production at Blind Ltd (including on set), and then extra work in the post-production process of the film, coping with a lot of changes at the last second.

SKYFALL features product placement (which is understandable in view of the production cost) but not in excess so as to become distracting. The rumour that Bond would abandon his martini for Heineken, which I personally never believed, did not happen.

The soundtrack was composed by Thomas Newman, his first James Bond film. He does it well but I still miss John Barry's music. Adele's theme song "Skyfall" is co-written and produced by Paul Epworth. In my eyes, there are three types of Bond theme songs: Some are impressive, cool and sexy as "Goldfinger". Some are reflective and sad as "You Only Live Twice" while others are anthemic and adventurous like "Live and Let Die". Adele's song belongs to the more reflective and sad: it is very Bondian but also very Adele. It is a beautiful ballad that is likely to be a classic.

The film's producers and Albert R. Broccoli's heirs, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, have yet again proved that their vision of reviving the James Bond phenomenon has been artistically brave and the right way go. Daniel Craig's version of Ian Fleming's agent is unique and more emotional than previous versions: I actually cried at one point. There is more humour in SKYFALL (compared to Craig’s previous Bonds), but it's still a long way from Roger Moore's films, although I personally don’t need any more humor in them.

Conclusion, a balanced Bond film for the 50th Anniversary of DR. NO (which didn’t actually open in Sweden until April 1963), SKYFALL is a mix between LICENCE TO KILL and CASINO ROYALE. I think it will become a classic Bond film. The well-written script, the spectacular action scenes, a stunning ensemble with Q's return, as well as a memorable and nasty villain gives it strength. The two Swedish actors in the film, Ola Rapace and Jens Hultén, should be proud, to have a close encounter with James Bond is a rare thing. They make a solid effort, even if they do not say a word; it is likely that it was initially thought that their characters would be played by professional stuntmen. Having impressed the stunt coordinator Gary Powell, they were selected in tough competition. Four out of five Swedish flags is my rating on SKYFALL.

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Other notes about the film:
From Sweden with Love was the first in the world to publish the name of Ola Rapace's part in the film, as well as the first to reveal Jens Hultén’s participation.

Besides Ola Rapace and Jens Hultén there is another Swedish person who worked on SKYFALL, Per Hallberg, two-times Academy Award-winning Supervising Sound Editor.

The film started shooting on November 7, 2011 in London, after which the crew then went to Scotland, Shanghai and Turkey.

SKYFALL is released in Sweden and the UK on October 26, 2012, almost exactly four years after the previous film, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, opened.

The Royal premiere in London is held on October 23 at the Royal Albert Hall. The Swedish gala premiere in Stockholm will take place on October 24 and is organized by ZAP Events.

Editor's note:
During 2012, FSWL was fortunate to meet many of the cast members from Skyfall. In September, we spoke to screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, production manager (second unit) Terry Bamber and stunt coordinator Gary Powell. In November, we spoke to Jens Hultén. And while in London for the premiere, we met and interviewed Barbara Broccoli & Michael G. Wilson, Sam Mendes, Naomie Harris, Javier Bardem, Bérénice Marlohe and Daniel Craig. In Stockholm, FSWL was invited to a press conference for Skyfall with Gregg Wilson, Naomie Harris and Ola Rapace.

Other Skyfall events and news featured on From Sweden with Love:
>Initial press release for Bond 23 (January 2011)
>Sony Pictures and MGM distribute "Bond 23" (April 2011)
>SKYFALL confirmed as title for Bond 23 (November 2011)
>Press conference in London (November 2011)
>SKYFALL officially filming in London (November 2011)
>Thomas Newman to score SKYFALL (January 2012)
>First official photo from SKYFALL (February 2012)
>First video blog online (February 2012)
>Skyfall to be released in IMAX theatres (February 2012)
>Swedish actor Jens Hultén confirmed for Skyfall (March 2012)
>Second video blog online (March 2012)
>An interview with Ola Rapace (Patrice) (April 2012)
>Third video blog online (April 2012)
>Fourth video blog online (April 2012)
>Press conference in Istanbul (April 2012)
>Fifth video blog online (May 2012)
>First teaser poster revealed (May 2012)
>Teaser trailer online (May 2012)
>Sixth video blog online (June 2012)
>Ben Whishaw confirmed as the new Q (July 2012)
>International trailer online (July 2012)
>Coca-Cola and SKYFALL partnership (August 2012)
>New SKYFALL posters revealed (August 2012)
>Coca-Cola Zero reveals new SKYFALL ad (September 2012)
>US one-sheet poster for SKYFALL revealed (September 2012)
>Second UK teaser poster for SKYFALL revealed (September 2012)
>Bond on Set: Filming SKYFALL - Greg Williams (October 2012)
>Adele revealed as singer of SKYFALL theme song (October 2012)
>Aftonbladet's James Bond magazine in stores (22 October 2012)
>Royal premiere of SKYFALL in London (23 October 2012)
>SKYFALL opens at UK cinemas (October 2012)
>Box-office success for SKYFALL in Sweden (29 October 2012)
>SKYFALL sets new box office records all over Europe (November 2012)
>SKYFALL opens in America (November 2012)
>SKYFALL is the most successful film of 2012 in the UK (November 2012)
>SKYFALL: A worldwide box-office phenomenon (December 2012)
>SKYFALL stunt team recipient of SAG Award (January 2013)
>Dennis Gassner winner of Art Directors Guild award (February 2013)
>SKYFALL wins two BAFTA Awards (February 2013)
>SKYFALL released on Blu-ray in Sweden (February 2013)
>SKYFALL released on Blu-ray Steelcase in Sweden (February 2013)
>SKYFALL released on DVD in Sweden (February 2013)
>Special celebration of James Bond at the 85th Academy Awards (February 2013)
>Dame Shirley Bassey makes first appearance at the Oscars (February 2013)
>Adele performs "Skyfall" at the 85th Academy Awards (February 2013)
>SKYFALL nominated for 7 Saturn Awards (June 2013)

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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:

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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:
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Order Daniel Craig: A James Bond of Our Times at a discounted price from Amazon US:

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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.

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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

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Quantum of Solace starring Daniel Craig (a James Bond film)

The future is bright for the James Bond phenomenon - a spoiler-free review of Quantum of Solace (2008).

By Anders Frejdh, Founder and Editor of From Sweden with Love.

The wait is over; James Bond is back after the fantastic film in 2006 - Casino Royale (2006) – which gave the phenomenon an exceptional kick forward never seen before. This year’s film – Quantum of Solace (2008) – is the 22nd in the most successful film series of all time and James Bond is played for a second time by the Chester-born actor Daniel Craig. The rest of the cast include experienced actors from many different countries. A Swede even appears briefly in one of the scenes.

The title QUANTUM OF SOLACE comes from the name of one of the short stories in Ian Fleming’s short story collection FOR YOUR EYES ONLY. It was first published on April 11, 1960 by the British publishing house Jonathan Cape. (The collection was first published in Sweden by Albert Bonnier in 1962 but QUANTUM OF SOLACE is not in the Swedish translation.)

The film continues more or less right after the final scene of the last film bit except for the title, QUANTUM OF SOLACE has no connection with Ian Fleming’s short story. Without revealing too much it starts with a car chase which ends when ”James Bond” and ”M” interrogates ”Mr. White” (again played by the Dane, Jesper Christensen) which Bond just about had traced down when CASINO ROYALE ends. It is clear the 2nd unit team, with director Dan Bradley and production manager Terry Bamber at the front, has done a remarkable job with this car chase despite the problematic shooting which involved a totally demolished brand new Aston Martin DBS with an estimated value of around 250,000 euro.

The continuity from the previous film is much stronger than the car chase mentioned above. James Bond, the human being, gradually becomes stronger after losing the woman he loved. After that tragic event, Bond psychologically evolves his inner strength which then gives him the dedicated focus and self-preservation that later becomes Bond’s strongest and most distinguished feature and strength.

QUANTUM OF SOLACE has a running time of 106 minutes and is the shortest James Bond film so far (the previous film CASINO ROYALE is the longest with 144 minutes). It features top class high speed action packed sequences and is exceptionally exciting for a Bond film. Still lacking the famous character ”Q” (which the beloved and dearly missed actor Desmond Llewelyn played in 17 previous Bond epics), but his absence does not affect the pace or story line. On the contrary, this fact will give the audience a feeling that is much more than a typical Bond film. Perhaps an odd film in that sense but it is still very much James Bond, to discover how his earlier life experiences affect him as a person is genuinely interesting. Like with ”Q”, M’s secretary ”Miss Moneypenny” is not in the film but it does not spoil the story.

Judi Dench, who plays the role of ”M” in her sixth Bond film, gives the character a lot of weight with much charisma and authority. The relation between her character and Daniel Craig’s James Bond deepens even further in this film.

”The Bond girl” this time is played by the Ukrainian actress Olga Kurylenko. Her beauty is evident in more than one way and her character ”Camille” has a background similar to Bond’s which make her really special. Bond’s friend ”René Mathis” (again played by the Italian and Oscar-nominated actor Giancarlo Giannini) has an important part in the film which leads to unexpected consequences. The villain (”Dominic Greene”) is played by the acclaimed French actor Mathieu Amalric who makes a memorable performance showing elements not previously distinguished for a Bond villain.

Director Marc Forster's first James Bond film is hopefully not his last. The visual views are spectacular and his talent to tell a story is remarkable with the use of a new camera technique never seen before in films. The first and second assistant directors, Michael Lerman and Toby Hefferman, have had an important role for the film supporting Forster throughout the production.

With Tom Ford, Bond has been given a 60’s look. Bond’s ”return” to South America in the film series (Moonraker (1979) being the first Bond to be shot there in 1979) is wonderful and adventurous, the fact that he actually speaks a bit of Spanish is a new but not a very surprisingly ability. South America could be a very intriguing continent for future Bonds to explore.

The screenplay this time is originally written by the English writers Neal Purvis & Robert Wade. They are being credited as screenwriters to a Bond film for the fourth time although Paul Haggis (as for CASINO ROYALE in 2006) was hired to adapt their original work with a few adjustments.

The accompanying film music is composed by Englishman David Arnold and this is the fifth Bond film for him being the original soundtrack composer. The theme song ”Another way to die” is created by the American artists Alicia Keys and Jack White. The first time I listened to the song it felt wrong and not very Bondian. But, after seeing the film and hear the song where it is supposed to be I think it is not that bad. It gives a sense of the 60’s with typical Bond elements included that makes it memorable. The pre-credit titles are designed by MK12.

The film producers and heirs after Albert R. Broccoli, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, has yet again proven that their intention of revitalize the film version of James Bond is successful.

Their choice of Daniel Craig as agent 007 is even more confirmed and strengthened after this film. The British actor gives Bond a deeper description than seen before going beyond Ian Fleming’s creation. With Craig as Bond he is being interpreted as a more brutal and ruthless human being than for example Roger Moore's, but the humoristic side of it is not missed, James Bond in the novels possessed more than that.

Principal conclusion, one should have seen CASINO ROYALE before QUANTUM OF SOLACE but it would be wrong to compare them. There is a unique continuity in between them that previously has not appeared in the film series. An intelligent choice by the producers as I personally think it will lead towards a bright future for the James Bond phenomenon.

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Other notes about the film:
Shooting for the film began in London on January 7th 2008 after which production then continued in Chile, Italy, Mexico, Panama and Austria.

QUANTUM OF SOLACE has its world premiere in France, Sweden and United Kingdom on October 31st 2008. The Royal world charity premiere in London takes place on October 29th with the principal film cast attending.

Finally a note about the Swedish person mentioned above. Yours truly were unexpectedly chosen as one of 4 500 people that attended the casting of extras in January in Austrian Bregenz. To be able to act in the background during several scenes down there was a fantastic experience.

The shooting was done during two weeks in April/May. Anyone who wishes to look out can detect me when James Bond, in the form of Daniel Craig, follows one of the villain’s henchmen in a scene from Bregenz. It is really amazing that I was not cut out and actually ended up in the final film.

Other Quantum of Solace (2008) events featured on From Sweden with Love:
>QOS officially filming in London (January 2, 2008)
>QOS officially filming at Pinewood Studios (January 7, 2008)
>Press conference at Pinewood Studios (January 24, 2008)
>QOS teaser poster revealed (February 7, 2008)
>Bond on Set: Filming Quantum of Solace published (October 6, 2008)
>Official soundtrack released on CD (October 28, 2008)
>Royal World premiere in London (October 29, 2008)
>French premiere in Paris (October 30 2008)
>Swedish premiere in Stockholm (October 30, 2008)
>QOS opens at cinemas in the UK (October 31, 2008)
>QOS opens at cinemas in France (October 31, 2008)
>QOS opens at cinemas in Sweden (October 31, 2008)
>Norwegian premiere in Oslo (November 1, 2008)
>German premiere in Berlin (November 3, 2008)
>Dutch premiere in Amsterdam (November 4, 2008)
>Swiss premiere in Lucerne (November 4, 2008)
>Italian premiere in Rome (November 5, 2008)
>Spanish premiere in Valencia (November 6, 2008)
>QOS opens at cinemas in Germany (November 6, 2008)
>QOS opens at cinemas in Argentina (November 6, 2008)
>Exclusive QOS screenings in London (November 7-13, 2008)
>QOS opens at cinemas in USA (November 14, 2008)
>Australian premiere in Sydney (November 15, 2008)
>QOS opens at cinemas in Australia (November 19, 2008)
>QOS opens at cinemas in South Africa (November 19, 2008)
>Japanese premiere in Tokyo (November 24, 2008)
>DVD release (March 23, 2009)
>Special edition DVD release (March 23, 2009)
>Blu-ray release (March 23, 2009)
>TV premiere on Canal Plus in Sweden (November 14, 2009)

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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

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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

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

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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...
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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...
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Casino Royale starring Daniel Craig (a James Bond film)

The 2006 film Casino Royale (2006) is a different James Bond to enjoy. (This is the first review of the film in Swedish.)

By Anders Frejdh, Founder and Editor of From Sweden with Love.

It was a privilege to be present during the preview press screening for the world’s press of the 21st official James Bond film CASINO ROYALE. Based on the first 007 novel by Ian Fleming, published in 1953, one hoped the film would be good. Having seen it, one is filled with admiration and respect for the film makers and the new James Bond, Daniel Craig.

Craig is a terrific choice to play Bond and his incredible talent as an actor gives the performance an added dimension. Those so-called fans who believed the producers had selected the wrong successor to Pierce Brosnan have been proved wrong. Craig is tough and vulnerable and yet unstoppable. Craig is wonderful in the role – in only minutes you realise that this is a guy who has taken 007 close to his heart.

The film succeeds in taking a novel written 53 years ago and updating it very well for the 21st epic in the 21st century. It is this talent that has made the Bond series the longest running and most successful film franchise ever. This must have been a difficult process. I am already looking forward to the next film.

The villain, ’Le Chiffre’ is cleverly played by Dane, Mads Mikkelsen, making Bond’s enemy an evil, cold, mathematical genius. Mad is very effective in the painful torture sequence, where the chemistry between Bond and Le Chiffre is chilling. Our own Swedish (and French) Bond girl, Eva Green, makes ‘Vesper Lynd’ mysterious and exciting. It was pleasure just to sit back, enjoy her and watch Bond fall in love. This makes Bond more emotionally committed than ever before which should appeal to the large female audience waiting to see Daniel in action.

The pre-title scene is entirely in black and white but is nicely followed by a cartoon-ish title sequence from Daniel Kleinman. The music score from David Arnold fits the film well and creates the right mood and so does the title song from Chris Cornell titled ‘You Know My Name’.

Of course, a certain longing for characters such as ’Q’ and ’Miss Moneypenny’ will appear. Most of the gadgets are also gone. However, the many new ingredients and aspects never seen before in a Bond film more than make up for their absence. The fight sequences are brutal and blood is now suddenly not unusual in a Bond film. Bond has to rely on his fists and personal strength and has a helluva ride in an Aston Martin DBS. Compared to previous films, this film feels much tougher and rawer.

It is difficult to imagine Roger Moore in a similar interpretation. A similarity with Sean Connery and Timothy Dalton is there but Craig succeeds well in setting his own touch on the role from a perspective never examined before. It is the longest running Bond film (144 minutes) but did not feel long as the film is so well paced.

The film script is well-written and powerful taking Bond in a new, courageous direction. Future films from EON Productions with Barbara Broccoli och Michael G. Wilson (the late Albert R. Broccoli's daughter and stepson respectively) in the driver’s seat are eagerly anticipated. They have made an intelligent and strategic choice here. One can only hope the result is positive also for the cinema owners. We will look forward to Craig’s return as 007 in the next successful Bond film.

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The film has its worldwide premiere on November 17 and Swedish premiere on November 24 2006.

Other Casino Royale (2006) news featured on From Sweden with Love:
>Daniel Craig presented as new James Bond (October 14, 2005)
>Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen and Jeffrey Wright joins cast (February 16, 2006)
>Win movie tickets to Casino Royale (June-December, 2006)
>Bond on Set: Filming Casino Royale (October 16, 2006)
>Trading cards set (November 8, 2006)
>Official soundtrack released on CD (November 13, 2006)
>Royal World premiere in London (November 14, 2006)
>Casino Royale opens at cinemas in the UK and US (November 17, 2006)
>Casino Royale opens at cinemas in France (November 22, 2006)
>Casino Royale opens at cinemas in Germany (November 23, 2006)
>Casino Royale opens at cinemas in Sweden (November 24, 2006)
>Casino Royale opens at cinemas in Argentina (December 7, 2006)
>Casino Royale opens at cinemas in Australia (December 7, 2006)
>Casino Royale opens at cinemas in Brazil (January 5, 2007)
>Casino Royale released on DVD in the UK (March 19, 2007)
>DVD release in Sweden (March 28, 2007)
>TV premiere on Canal Plus in Sweden (December 24, 2007)
>Collector's edition Blu-ray release (October 20, 2008)
>Casino Royale broadcast on TV3 Sweden (April 18, 2010)
>Casino Royale broadcast in High Definition on TV3 Sweden (September 4, 2011)
>The film broadcast in High Definition on TV3 Sweden (March 9, 2012)

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14 OCTOBER 2005
DANIEL CRAIG NEW JAMES BOND IN CASINO ROYALE

At a press conference in London, it was just announced that Daniel Craig is the new James Bond, taking over the role from Pierce Brosnan, in a new film titled Casino Royale directed by Martin Campbell who also directed Brosnan (and Izabella Scorupco) in GoldenEye 1995.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELASE (Culver City, CA, USA October 14, 2005)

It was announced today by producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. and Sony Pictures Entertainment, that DANIEL CRAIG has been cast in the role of the legendary British secret agent, James Bond, in the highly anticipated 007 adventure thriller CASINO ROYALE.

CASINO ROYALE reunites Wilson and Broccoli with Martin Campbell, who directed the 1995 Bond blockbuster GOLDENEYE. His most recent film, "The Legend of Zorro,” will be released on October 28, 2005.

CASINO ROYALE will be the 21st James Bond film produced by the franchise holders, EON Productions. The MGM/Columbia Pictures production begins shooting in January and is due for release worldwide on November 17, 2006. It will be filmed in the Czech Republic, the Bahamas, Italy and the UK.

Neal Purvis & Robert Wade wrote the screenplay based on famed author Ian Fleming's first novel. The script is currently being polished by Academy Award®-nominated writer, Paul Haggis ("Million Dollar Baby”).

About Daniel Craig:
Born in 1968, DANIEL CRAIG was raised on the Wirral nr. Liverpool. He moved to London to join the National Youth Theatre at the age 17 and continued his training at the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama. CRAIG has since become regarded as one of Britain's finest actors securing a variety of roles in television, theatre and film.

He is currently filming a thriller alongside Nicole Kidman, "The Visiting", and has two films in post-production; Steven Spielberg's "Munich" and Douglas McGrath's "Every Word Is True", co-starring Sandra Bullock and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Recent film credits include Sam Mendes' "The Road to Perdition", "The Mother", "Sylvia", and last year he received much critical acclaim for Matthew Vaughn's "Layer Cake" as well as Roger Michell's "Enduring Love".

Wilson and Broccoli said "It has been a long time ambition for us to film the first book in the series, CASINO ROYALE, which defined the complex character of James Bond. We are thrilled DANIEL CRAIG will play the character of 007. Daniel is a superb actor who has all the qualities needed to bring a contemporary edge to the role. CASINO ROYALE will have all the action, suspense and espionage that our audiences have come to expect from us but nevertheless takes the franchise in a new and exciting direction.”

"James Bond is a character without peer in motion picture history,” said Pascal, Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group. "He is a household name recognized in virtually every corner of the globe and because of this renown, the casting of the new 007 takes on a special importance. We believe that in DANIEL CRAIG we have found the ideal 21st century Bond and we couldn't be more privileged to be working with Barbara and Michael, who are tireless champions and guardians of the James Bond legacy.”

Director Martin Campbell said, "The thing about James Bond is that each actor who has filled the role has brought his own style and imprint. With Daniel as our new Bond, I am thrilled to be returning to shepherd the new 007 in the new Bond adventure.”

Dan Taylor, President of Metro Goldwyn Mayer Inc, said: "All of us here at MGM are delighted that Daniel Craig, an actor of such high-calibre, has been chosen to be the next Bond. We are also very excited to be working closely with Barbara and Michael again and with Columbia Pictures on CASINO ROYALE, which we predict to be the biggest, best Bond ever.”

About Eon Productions:
EON Productions is owned by the Broccoli family and is the most successful film series in history. The most recent adventure, Die Another Day (2002), was also the highest grossing film in the franchise bringing in almost 430 USD million in worldwide box office receipts. The World Is Not Enough (1999) grossed 353 USD million, Tomorrow Never Dies released in 1997, grossed more than 340 USD million around the world and GoldenEye (1995), took in 345 USD million.

The enduring film franchise created by the late producer, Albert R. (Cubby) Broccoli, was launched in 1962 with Dr. No starring Sean Connery, who went on to play James Bond in From Russia with Love, Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever. George Lazenby had one outing as 007, in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, before Roger Moore took over the role in Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy (1983) and A View to a Kill. Timothy Dalton later inherited the role and played the famed spy in The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill.

Other Casino Royale (2006) news featured on From Sweden with Love:
>Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen and Jeffrey Wright joins cast (February 16, 2006)
>Win movie tickets to Casino Royale (June-December, 2006)
>Bond on Set: Filming Casino Royale (October 16, 2006)
>Swedish review of Casino Royale (November 6, 2006)
>Trading cards set (November 8, 2006)
>Official soundtrack released on CD (November 13, 2006)
>Royal World premiere in London (November 14, 2006)
>Casino Royale opens at cinemas in the UK and US (November 17, 2006)
>Casino Royale opens at cinemas in France (November 22, 2006)
>Casino Royale opens at cinemas in Germany (November 23, 2006)
>Casino Royale opens at cinemas in Sweden (November 24, 2006)
>Casino Royale opens at cinemas in Argentina (December 7, 2006)
>Casino Royale opens at cinemas in Australia (December 7, 2006)
>Casino Royale opens at cinemas in Brazil (January 5, 2007)
>Casino Royale released on DVD in the UK (March 19, 2007)
>DVD release in Sweden (March 28, 2007)
>TV premiere on Canal Plus in Sweden (December 24, 2007)
>Collector's edition Blu-ray release (October 20, 2008)
>Casino Royale broadcast on TV3 Sweden (April 18, 2010)
>Casino Royale broadcast in High Definition on TV3 Sweden (September 4, 2011)
>The film broadcast in High Definition on TV3 Sweden (March 9, 2012)

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Barbara Broccoli, Daniel Craig and Michael G. Wilson pose for the press after the announcement.

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