Daniel suited up for the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation’s 2022 Pioneer Dinner last night in Beverly Hills. James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson were among those honored with a Pioneer of the Year Award. Visit our gallery for photos of Daniel at the event!
Monday / September 12 / 2022
The cast of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery stuck around and did more promotion during the 2022 TIFF! They stopped by the Variety Studio, People & Entertainment Weekly Studio, and the Deadline Studio where they posed for portraits. Sadly, Daniel didn’t pose for a solo one. You can watch one of the interviews they did below, and photos in our gallery!
Thursday / September 08 / 2022
Ahead of its premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, Netflix has released the teaser trailer for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery! It looks so good! Check out the trailer below, then head over to our gallery for the official poster and an updated production still now in HQ.
Sunday / August 28 / 2022
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is featured in the October issue of Empire Magazine! They also shared a new still of Daniel reprising his role as Benoit Blanc. The much-anticipated sequel is gearing up for its premiere at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival. In the meantime, check out the new images in our gallery! I will be updating it with scans of the feature as soon as I get my hands on them.
Even after hanging up 007’s Walther PPK, Daniel Craig is still on a mission. Fresh from his Bond finale in No Time To Die, he’s got a brand new murder-mystery to solve as Benoit Blanc in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery – Rian Johnson’s hugely-anticipated not-exactly-a-sequel to Knives Out. With the first film, the director and his leading man caught everyone off-guard – with Blanc’s wild Southern accent, with the film’s unexpected and unconventional twists on the whodunnit formula, and with the wit and agility of its sharp social commentary. If it was hard enough to pull off the first time, it also set the bar almightily high for Benoit Blanc’s second case.
Take it from the man himself. “How the fuck do we take something that caught people’s imagination and made them talk about murder mysteries, and do it again without it becoming a pastiche of itself?” asks Daniel Craig in Empire’s world-exclusive Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery cover story. Thankfully, in his other recently-departed job, Craig had had plenty experience of meeting, defying, and retooling the audience’s expectations – MI6 had trained him well enough to do it again. “I’ve spent the past 15 years of my life trying to do that in a franchise, so I’m not afraid of it,” he says. “If you’ve got the right people in the room and the right talent, then you can do it. Rian’s a genius writer and doesn’t want to repeat [himself]. Neither do we want to let people down; we want audiences to enjoy the world that we created in the first one and believe in this one.”
For Johnson, who returns as writer-director, Glass Onion represented a chance to place Benoit Blanc at the centre of the movie – the doughnut hole, if you will – after having him on the periphery of the Marta-centric plot in Knives Out. And audiences will get a little more insight into the man himself this time – if not through rote exposition. “There’s definitely more Blanc, but it’s not very interesting to me, the notion of building out Benoit’s life,” Johnson explains. “Like with Poirot and Miss Marple, what’s fun is how the elements of Benoit’s character reveal themselves through his act of solving each one of these mysteries.”
For Craig, the real challenge was slipping back into Blanc’s Kentucky-fried tones – a surprise and a delight in the first film, but one that could easily tip over into caricature if not carefully calibrated. “I went away to work with an accent coach for three or four months before we started shooting [Glass Onion],” Craig reveals. “I’d forgotten the accent and I didn’t want to do a pastiche. I wanted to make it as grounded and as anchored in reality as possible.” Benoit Blanc is back and ready to breathe new life into the murder-mystery genre once more – Glass Onion looks set to be another smash.EMPIRE
Saturday / April 30 / 2022
The opening night of the Broadway production of Macbeth was held last Thursday (April 28) in New York City. Daniel is back on stage after testing positive for COVID-19 and performances had to be cancelled. Head over to our gallery for photos of Daniel at the red carpet and photos from the opening night curtain call! Macbeth runs through July 10th.
Friday / March 25 / 2022
Daniel and Ruth spoke with Vogue Magazine to discuss their upcoming Broadway production, Macbeth, which begins performances next week! Also part of the interview are director Sam Gold and several costume designers. Check out an excerpt from the interview below and photos in our gallery!
While it became an early pandemic cliché to remind at-home would-be artists that Shakespeare wrote King Lear during a plague year (You can put this time to good use, too!), it’s often forgotten that he wrote Macbeth that very same year (as well as Antony and Cleopatra). Lear has the apocalyptic storm at its outset, an external manifestation of an upended world, but Macbeth takes the existential questions that torment us in times of turmoil and turns them inward: “What do we do with our own internal forces of good and evil?” as Sam Gold, the director of the new production starring Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga that begins performances at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre next week, put it to me in January, in the middle of the omicron surge, speaking from his New York City apartment. “I’m holed up here, running Zoom school with my kids, and in the meantime, thinking of all the death and destruction. People have a lot of rage and a lot of dark thoughts in times like these. And instead of jumping off a bridge, or going into fits of rage, can you go into a theater with your community and watch this darkness play out, and let Shakespeare help you through the catharsis?” The director researched rage rooms as he contemplated his production, he tells me—those padded-wall spaces where people put on protective suits and goggles, and then unleash their fury on an unsuspecting pile of plywood or other smashable material. “That’s why I wanted to do Macbeth,” he says, “to give everyone that rage room.”
But the first step in putting this production together was much friendlier. Back in the fall of 2021, Gold gathered many of his actors—including his two leads—the costume designer, and the play’s dramaturge at a bright and airy rehearsal space in lower Manhattan, where they sat around collapsible tables, with windows open and HEPA-filter air purifiers humming. Such a well-attended read-through and workshop, many months before rehearsals were set to begin, is somewhat unheard of in theater, where busy schedules usually preclude such an assembly. A bittersweet benefit of the pandemic: Many actors were out of work and available. The performers made their first forays into the text, explained what they were thinking, and asked questions. There’s a humbling process when you engage in this kind of preamble, Craig explains. “I couldn’t imagine not doing it,” he says. (Craig knew Gold from having played Iago in the director’s 2016 production of Othello at the New York Theatre Workshop.) “It opens up everything and makes you realize you know very little, which is scary, but it allows for all the possibilities to come in.” Watching those initial reads, says costume designer Suttirat Larlarb, gave her “a rare opportunity to see where the actors’ instincts began with these characters. We got to simmer together in how this might be approached in a way that was very rare.”
“The rehearsal period is usually super short, and that’s what I’m used to,” says Negga, who will make her Broadway debut as Lady Macbeth, when I speak to her from her home in Los Angeles. Omicron has prevented us from meeting in person, but thanks to the vagaries of scheduling remote interviews, I’m able to catch her slightly off guard, via Zoom rather than the phone, in all her un-made-up, casual gorgeousness. “It was brilliant to be able to understand the play with other people in the room, rather than on your own,” she says, her obvious enthusiasm for the text she affectionately refers to as “Mackers” crackling through the screen. “There was a really warm and kind atmosphere, and Sam was at pains to assert that daily—the idea that, This is a place you can be safe.”VOGUE
You can read the full interview on Vogue’s website. I’ll add scans to the gallery as soon as I get them.
Tuesday / January 25 / 2022
Daniel is part of the new season of Variety’s Actors on Actors and he’s paired up with his Skyfall co-star, Javier Bardem. They discussed several stuff, including memories of filming Bond, Daniel’s upcoming play Macbeth, Dune, the finale of No Time to Die, and much more! It’s such a fun interview, especially with Daniel not realizing he was bleeding from his forehead the entire interview. I’ll add screencaps soon!
Friday / December 03 / 2021
Hello fellow Daniel and James Bond fans! Arts publisher TASCHEN has a new limited edition of The James Bond Archives, a book that covers all-things 007, including more than a thousand images from every single movie in the James Bond franchise, from Dr. No to No Time to Die. This limited edition comes with museum-quality print on archival paper signed by photographer Greg Williams and is available in two versions, both featuring Daniel. One is a Casino Royale teaser poster, and the other is a photo of Daniel and Léa Seydoux taken by Greg Williams, which was used for No Time to Die promotion. The updated edition of the book is signed by Daniel Craig himself, and 007 producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. For more details and if you’re interested in purchasing, simply click any of the images below with your preferred version. Limited copies only, so grab yours while you still can!
If you’re interested in just the book, the XXL edition is still available in the US and Canada! Just change the country at the top-right corner of the page to ‘United States’.