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!
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.
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’.
Friday / October 01 / 2021
Daniel spoke with The New York Times to discuss No Time to Die. This interview was done last year for the original release date of the film. A follow-up interview by phone was done last month, and this article is a mix of both interviews. Daniel also finally got to discover a viral clip of him from his Saturday Night Live stint where he introduces The Weeknd. Below is an excerpt of the interview!
What has the last year and a half been like for you? How are things, whatever that means to you?
They’re as good as they can be. I’m incredibly fortunate to have a wonderful family and also to have had a place out of the city where we could go and get away from kind of the craziness. We left the city the 8th of March. The night before, I did “S.N.L.,” which was truly surreal. It’s been a tough year for everybody and we’ve had things go down which have not been so pleasant, but so it goes.
Is it humbling to play these characters who are defined by being capable and resourceful and then to have a real-life experience that reminds you we’re all at the mercy of these larger forces?
Well, I don’t feel like that anyway. I feel like a normal human being most of the time. I don’t feel any connection to the characters I play. I mean at all. They’re just that. So many things have been put into perspective. It’s difficult not to just look at the world in a different way. I’m sure it’s the same for everybody.
There is a video clip making the rounds from a speech when you addressed your colleagues and crew at the end of filming “No Time to Die.” You teared up at the end, and it was very comforting to me to see you show emotion — that you could be vulnerable that way.
I don’t show myself to the world as much as maybe people would like, but that’s my choice. It’s got me probably into trouble and has made people make up their own minds about me. But I’m an incredibly emotional human being. I’m an actor. I mean, that’s what I do for a living. And the clip you’re talking about is the end of 15 years of my life that I’ve put everything I can into. I would be some kind of sociopath not to get a little bit choked up at the end of that. Hopefully, I’m no sociopath.
You can read the full interview at The New York Times. If you’re hit with the paywall pop-up, I have copied it in full on a separate page here on the site. Enjoy!
Wednesday / September 29 / 2021
It’s been a long 18 months and now it’s finally here! The world premiere of No Time to Die was held yesterday at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England. The event was also streamed live on the official James Bond Facebook page. Daniel looked amazing in the pink velvet tuxedo (courtesy of Anderson & Sheppard), and it’s such a sight to him smiling and the glow in his eyes. Check out over 500 high-quality photos of Daniel at the event in our gallery! Thanks to my friend, Emily at Chris Evans Central, for helping!
Saturday / September 25 / 2021
As previously announced, Daniel was featured in ‘BAFTA: A Life in Pictures’ and attended the event yesterday wherein he discussed his career. It was hosted by radio DJ & TV presenter Edith Bowman. Check out photos in our gallery! I’ll update this post when the full interview gets uploaded in their official YouTube account.
Monday / March 09 / 2020
It seems like the new shoot didn’t get postponed after all. Daniel is on the cover of next month’s issue of British GQ! I have added some outtakes into the gallery, including the cover.
All of which means, now that it’s coming to an end, Craig sometimes struggles to comprehend what has happened to him and what he has achieved. When I spent time with him last winter, Craig was warm and voluble in the extreme. He talked a mile a minute, losing threads and finding others. He apologised when answering my questions almost as often as he swore. On screen, Craig’s face – that beautiful boxer’s face, those gas-ring eyes – can have a worrying stillness, while his body moves. In real life, everything about Craig is animated, part-sprung. It’s as if he wants to occupy several spots in the room at once. He self-deprecates a lot. During one long conversation, when I told him he had managed to imbue a previously vacant character with an inner life, a sense of mortality and an unquenchable feeling of loss – in short, that he had triumphed as Bond – Craig initially misunderstood what I meant. When he realised, he spluttered apologetically for a while. “What you’re saying, it’s like, if I say it…” he hesitated. He couldn’t bear to brag. But he also knew. “It’s raised the bar,” Craig finally conceded. “It’s fucking raised the bar.”
After the last shot at Pinewood, Craig posed with Fukunaga for a picture. His bow tie was wonky. They both looked shattered. “Typically I’m not an emotional person on sets,” Fukunaga told me. “But there was sort of a pulsing feeling to that day.” The night shoot wrapped ahead of schedule and the production crew – many of the day team had stayed on to see Craig’s final bow – gathered next to the set. Fukunaga gave a short speech. Craig struggled through his. Since having a daughter with his wife, Rachel Weisz, in 2018, he has often found himself on the edge of tears. (Craig also has an adult daughter from an earlier marriage.) “I had a whole thing kind of put together in my head that I wanted to say,” he recalled. “I couldn’t get it out.”
Craig’s stunt double was in tears. Broccoli and Wilson looked on. “We knew it was a monumental moment,” Broccoli said. “There wasn’t a dry eye, to be honest.” A crowd went back to Craig’s trailer. He drank Campari and tonics and made Negronis for everyone else. “I was a mess,” Broccoli said. “I was a complete and utter mess.” On set, the crew hung around. “It’s night shooting – everybody usually runs off,” Wilson told me. “And they just were talking with each other and shaking hands. And it was as if they knew it had to end, but they didn’t like the idea.”
The producers were reminiscing a few weeks later in a hotel in Lower Manhattan. It was early December. That morning, Craig and the other stars of No Time To Die – Léa Seydoux, Rami Malek and Lashana Lynch – had appeared on Good Morning America to launch the trailer. Crosby Street was a parking lot of celebrities’ black SUVs. Watching the trailer on my phone, like the rest of the world, the 25th Bond movie didn’t look a whole lot different from the 24th or the 23rd. The trailer showed Bond zooming a motorbike up some picturesque steps and Malek, as the baddie, in a worrying mask. There was some evident double-crossing.
Craig, however, did seem like a new person as he prepared to step away from the franchise. He was keen to celebrate his work as Bond and even keener to look forward to whatever is coming next. “I’m really… I’m OK,” he told me. “I don’t think I would have been if I’d done the last film and that had been it. But this, I’m like…” He dusted his hands. “Let’s go. Let’s get on with it. I’m fine.”
You can read the full interview at British GQ website!