Bond star Daniel Craig – famous ex, Love Actually romance and £95m net worth

The new highly anticipated James Bond film, No time to die, is due to hit cinema screens next week, featuring Daniel Craig's final outing as Bond.

The film will be released on September 30 2021, after its release was delayed three times due to the pandemic.

Craig has had a long and varied career on screen, and spoke recently in an interview about how his love of cinema dated back to when he was a child growing up in his hometown.

Born on March 2 1968, Craig would regularly visit a small cinema in Hoylake, Wirral, where he grew up.

Talking to Edith Bowman as part of the BAFTA: A Life in Pictures: Daniel Craig, supported by TCL Mobile event recently, Craig said, "I lived in a small town on The Wirral and there was one cinema.

"I mean one tiny little cinema, and all the movies that used to get to us had literally been around the country five times before they got to us.

"I think I just got into the whole kind of watching Blade Runner in this movie theatre and watching and thinking and looking at how the frame had just been jammed with visuals and when I got into movie making, it fascinated me how that plays an important role."

As a teenager, Craig waited on tables while studying at Hilbre High School and acted in school plays including Oliver, Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella.

He would regularly visit the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool with his mum and sister, a venue that is renowned for being one of the places where actors such as Bill Nighy first performed.

This inspired his love of acting and in 1984, Craig won a place with the National Youth Theatre.

In 1988, he began studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, alongside actors including Ewan McGregor, Alastair McGowan, Damian Lewis and Joseph Fiennes.

His first major television role was in the 1996 series Our Friends in the North, opposite Christopher Eccleston.

He also played supporting roles in films including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2001 and Road to Perdition in 2002.

However, he drew critical acclaim for his role in 2004's Layer Cake, a film he said, "had an incredibly positive effect on my career, amazingly positive effect on my career.”

Craig has played Bond since 2006, first starring as the iconic character in the film Casino Royale, and has since starred in four further Bond films: Quantum of Solace, Spectre, Skyfall and 2021's No Time to Die.

Along with his roles in the Bond movies, Craig has since starred in 2019's Knives Out and 2011's Dream House, opposite wife Rachel Weisz.

He was previously married to actress Fiona Loudon from 1992-1994, with who he has a daughter.

Fiona stepped back from the spotlight following her split from Craig, but appeared in 2017 film Maneater and Trauma is a Time Machine in 2018.

He and Weisz originally met at University and it is reported that they first worked together in 1994 at the National Studio Theatre, when they starred in a play together.

They became a couple many years later when working together on 2011's Dream House, and have one daughter together.

In an interview with The Standard, Weisz admitted that she didn't think she'd get married, but meeting Craig again on set in 2011 changed this.

“I never thought I would get married,” she said.

“It was not an ambition of mine. It was the opposite. I couldn’t relate to romantic comedies, marriage seems to be the whole point of them.

“Then it just happened, happily, at a more mature moment.”

Talking about their relationship in a subsequent interview with the New York Times in 2018, Weisz said, "I’m very happy being married, very, very happy. I love being Mrs. Craig."

Weisz is known for her roles including Hollywood Blockbuster films The Mummy, alongside Brendan Frazer, and 2021 film Black Widow.

Prior to playing Bond, Craig also dated Love Actually star Heike Makatsch, but the couple split on amicable terms.

Makatsch starred in the 2003 romantic comedy, which featured an all-star cast including Bill Nighy and Hugh Grant, as the colleague of Harry, played by Alan Rickman.

Her character famously has an off-screen fling with Rickman's character, much to the devastation of Rickman's on-screen wife in the film, played by Emma Thompson.

After leaving his role Bond, Craig is set to star in the sequel to Knives Out in 2022, and he is listed as starring in a new tv series called Purity, but a broadcast date is yet to be announced.

His current net worth is estimated to be a huge £95 million.

Talking ahead of the release of the new Bond film, No time to die, at the BAFTA A Life in Pictures: Daniel Craig event, Craig said, "It’s been a weird couple of years and getting to this point, thank goodness we're here and we can actually get the movie into cinemas and get people to see it.

"We made it for an audience and I'm desperate for people to see it."

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