Daniel Craig is one of the most versatile actors around. Although a lot of people know him because of his recent Bond roles, he has done some amazing roles way before he started acting as the 007. Let’s have a look at the 15 best Daniel Craig movies of all time:
15. The Golden Compass (2007)
An adaptation of a three-part fantasy adventure by Philip Pullman, it revolves around the adventure of an orphan, Lyra Belaqua, in a parallel universe who is determined to rescue his kidnapped friend and other children from the Gobblers with whatever help she can get.
Craig’s role of Lyra’s uncle Lord Asriel was refreshing and quite admirable.
14. Logan Lucky (2017)
When Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) gets fired, he convinces his brother Clyde (Adam Driver) and sister Mellie (Riley Keough) to help him execute a heist during a NASCAR race. They cannot execute it without the help of Joe Bang (Daniel Craig), who is a convicted safe-cracker currently in jail.
Now all they need to do is to get Joe free temporarily, empty the vault and get Jimmy to his daughter’s event on time.
13. The Dream House (2011)
The film received very low ratings upon release because its trailer wrongly marketed it as a horror film which affected box office performance as well. The film did eventually bag two awards at Golden Trailer Awards in 2012 and Guild of Music Supervisors Awards.
12. Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
The plot revolves around an amnesiac outlaw (Craig), a wealthy cattleman (Ford), and a mysterious traveler (Wilde) who must ally to save a group of people abducted by aliens in the 18th century.
Despite a great performance by Craig and Ford, the film didn’t do well with the critics, however, was able to recover its cost at the box office.
11. Flashback of a Fool (2008)
Flashback of a Fool unravels the impact of childhood friendships on life and how an untimely death can ruin one’s life altogether. The film revolves around a struggling celebrity who receives a jolt from the sudden demise of his friend. It forces him down the memory lane only to repent of many of his life’s decisions that went wrong along the way.
Supported by equally powerful performances by Harry Eden, Claire Forlani, Felicity Jones, Emilia Fox, Eve, Jodhi May, Helen McCrory and Miriam Karlin, Craig nailed the character of Joe Scot. The film was directed by Baillie Walsh who sadly failed to strike a favoring note with the critics
10. Archangel (2005)
Another periodical film in which Prof. Fluke Kelso (played by Daniel Craig) and the daughter (Yekaterina Rednikova) of a slain former agent investigate the mystery surrounding Josef Stalin’s life.
Given its production quality and an excellent gripping performance by Craig, and a number of Russian actors, it’s quite disappointing that the film was only released on television and there was no theatrical release.
9. Enduring Love (2004)
Enduring Love, is an equally gripping psychological thriller, this time around with a stalker in the plot to spice up the thrills.
Revolving around an air balloon accident where Joe (Daniel Craig) is a witness and tries his level best to get rid himself of the nightmares he has of that incident. The more he tries to fight and forget them the more Jed, the other witness, reminds him of them by stalking him.
The ease and brilliance with which Craig performed his character is noteworthy. Enduring Love was awarded at Empire Awards, London Critics Circle Film Awards, and National Board of Review.
8. The Trench (1999)
New recruits not yet ready to give away the freedom of a common man’s life, memories and a deep sense of insecurity among strangers, it’s the last days before the Battle of the Somme in 1916, where soldiers are living in terrible conditions in the trenches.
Amongst the new set of soldiers Sgt. Telford Winter (Daniel Craig) has to handle Billy Macfarlane (Paul Nicholls), a patriotic teenager struggling to reconcile his homesickness with his sense of duty. With interesting direction and screenplay by William Boyd, the movie bagged Nominations for British Independent Film Award for Best Actor.