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Daniel Craig’s James Bond From “Casino Royale” to “No Time To Die”

And so we’ve come to the end. Daniel Craig’s final mission as James Bond in No Time To Die is now in theaters. By now you’ve likely heard all about Craig’s swan song as her Majesty’s most quarrelsome, effective double-o agent in director Cary Fukunaga’s thrilling epic. No Time To Die is the 25th film in the Bond franchise, five of which belong to Craig himself. His casting at the time was something of a surprise—a bruising blonde?—but now it looks like an absolute coup. While Craig himself joked to the New York Times that perhaps he’ll be remembered as “the Grumpy Bond,” you and I know that won’t be the case. Craig will be remembered as the first Bond to shrug off the dapper affectations and center his performance on what such a dangerous, duplicitous career might actually do to a human being. This shift from embodying the ideal of James Bond to what a modern, haunted double-O agent might actually be like was made clear in this perfect little moment from Craig’s first film in the role, Casino Royale.

While Craig’s Bond might not care whether his martini is shaken or stirred, he certainly has cared about how his brutal work affects the people he loves, from Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) in Casino Royale to Madeline Swann (Léa Seydoux) in both Spectre (2015) and No Time To Die. As No Time To Die cinematographer Linus Sandgren told us about Craig’s interpretation of the immortal character, “The thing Daniel brings to the Bond franchise is this depth of emotion, where he’s able to express loss and grief and love.”

With this in mind, we’re taking a photographic stroll through Craig’s five films as Bond, from Casino Royale (2006) to No Time To Die. There’s never been a Bond like him, and as the most tenured 007 of all time, Craig has earned the epic sendoff he’s getting.

Casino Royale (2006)

His first mission as 007, Craig’s Bond sets out on a secret mission to take down a private banker funding terrorists in a high-stakes game of poker at the Casino Royale in Montenegro. 

James Bond (DANIEL CRAIG) in the 007 action adventure CASINO ROYALE, from Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures through Sony Pictures Releasing.
James Bond (DANIEL CRAIG) in the 007 action adventure CASINO ROYALE, from Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures through Sony Pictures Releasing.
Daniel Craig as James Bond in the 007 action adventure CASINO ROYALE, from Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures through Sony Pictures Releasing. Photo by: Jay Maidment
Daniel Craig as James Bond in the 007 action adventure CASINO ROYALE, from Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures through Sony Pictures Releasing. Photo by: Jay Maidment.
CASINO ROYALE © 2006 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
CASINO ROYALE © 2006 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
Daniel Craig (left) and Jeffrey Wright (right) star in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure Casino Royale. Photo Credit: Jay Maidment
Daniel Craig (left) and Jeffrey Wright (right) star in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure Casino Royale. Photo Credit: Jay Maidment.

Quantum of Solace (2008)

Bond’s next mission finds him trying to track down and stop a mysterious organization (known as Quantum) trying to stage a coup d’état in Bolivia to seize control of their water supply. He’s also on a revenge mission for the death of his former lover, Vesper Lynd.

Photo by Karen Ballard.
Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko in “Quantum of Solace.” Photo by Karen Ballard.
James Bond (DANIEL CRAIG). Photo by Karen Ballard. Location: Chile
James Bond (DANIEL CRAIG). Photo by Karen Ballard.

James Bond 007 (DANIEL CRAIG) at Perla De Las Dunas, Bolivia. Photo by Karen Ballard.
James Bond 007 (DANIEL CRAIG) at Perla De Las Dunas, Bolivia. Photo by Karen Ballard.
On the set of "Quantum of Solace." Photo Credit Susie Allnutt Copyright QUANTUM OF SOLACE © 2008 Danjaq, LLC and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.
On the set of “Quantum of Solace.” Photo Credit: Susie Allnutt. Copyright QUANTUM OF SOLACE © 2008 Danjaq, LLC and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Skyfall (2012)

Sam Mendes stepped in as director on the most emotional of Craig’s Bond films to date. Here, Bond’s relationship with M (Judi Dench) is at the center of the action, when her past comes back to her haunt her. MI6 itself comes under attack, with both Bond and M’s past caught up with the future of their spy agency.

Eve (Naomie Harris) presents Bond (Daniel Craig) with a gift from M in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SKYFALL. Photo by Francois Duhamel.
Eve (Naomie Harris) presents Bond (Daniel Craig) with a gift from M in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SKYFALL. Photo by Francois Duhamel.
Daniel Craig and Judi Dench in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SKYFALL. Photo by Francois Duhamel.
Daniel Craig and Judi Dench in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SKYFALL. Photo by Francois Duhamel.
Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SKYFALL. Photo by Francois Duhamel.
Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SKYFALL. Photo by Francois Duhamel.
Daniel Craig (left) and Ola Rapace in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SKYFALL. Photo by Francois Duhamel.
Daniel Craig (left) and Ola Rapace in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SKYFALL. Photo by Francois Duhamel.
Daniel Craig and crew on the set of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SKYFALL. Photo by Francois Duhamel.
Daniel Craig and crew on the set of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SKYFALL. Photo by Francois Duhamel.
Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SKYFALL. Photo by Francois Duhamel.
Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SKYFALL. Photo by Francois Duhamel.

Spectre (2015)

With M gone, a rogue Bond finds himself trying to uncover the existence of a terrorist syndicate unlike any he has ever faced, Spectre. Bond comes face-to-face with the man who has been “the author” of all of his pain and meets his new love, Madeline Swann (Seydoux) in the process.

Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SPECTRE. Photo by Jonathan Olley.
Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SPECTRE. Photo by Jonathan Olley.
Daniel Craig on the set of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SPECTRE. Photo by Jonathan Olley.
Daniel Craig on the set of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SPECTRE. Photo by Jonathan Olley.
Daniel Craig and Léa Seydoux in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SPECTRE. Photo by Jonathan Olley.
Daniel Craig and Léa Seydoux in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SPECTRE. Photo by Jonathan Olley.
Bond (Daniel Craig) runs along the rooftops in pursuit of Sciarra in Mexico City in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SPECTRE. Photo by Jonathan Olley.
Bond (Daniel Craig) runs along the rooftops in pursuit of Sciarra in Mexico City in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SPECTRE. Photo by Jonathan Olley.

No Time To Die (2021)

After defeating threats from both within the British government and without, Bond has left active service. It doesn’t last. He’s pulled back into a fresh mission when old pal and CIA agent Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) asks for his help in taking on the most dangerous adversary he’s ever faced.

Daniel Craig (James Bond) and Natasha Lynch (Nomi) on the set of NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film Credit: Nicola Dove © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Daniel Craig (James Bond) and Natasha Lynch (Nomi) on the set of NO TIME TO DIE,
an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film. Credit: Nicola Dove. © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film Credit: Nicola Dove © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in on the set of NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film. Credit: Nicola Dove. © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Lashana Lynch stars as Nomi and Daniel Craig as James Bond in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film Credit: Nicola Dove © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Lashana Lynch stars as Nomi and Daniel Craig as James Bond in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film. Credit: Nicola Dove. © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Daniel Craig stars as James Bond and Léa Seydoux as Dr. Madeleine Swann in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film Credit: Nicola Dove © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Daniel Craig stars as James Bond and Léa Seydoux as Dr. Madeleine Swann in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film. Credit: Nicola Dove. © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Ralph Fiennes (M), director Cary Joji Fukunaga and Daniel Craig (James Bond) on the set of NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film Credit: Nicola Dove © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Ralph Fiennes (M), director Cary Joji Fukunaga and Daniel Craig (James Bond) on the set of NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film. Credit: Nicola Dove. © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Daniel Craig stars as James Bond, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny and Ben Whishaw as Q in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film Credit: Nicola Dove © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Daniel Craig stars as James Bond, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny and Ben Whishaw as Q in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film. Credit: Nicola Dove. © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Daniel Craig (James Bond) and director Cary Joji Fukunaga on the set of NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film Credit: Nicola Dove © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Daniel Craig (James Bond) and director Cary Joji Fukunaga on the set of NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film. Credit: Nicola Dove. © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Ralph Fiennes stars as M and Daniel Craig as James Bond in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film. Credit: Nicola Dove © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Ralph Fiennes stars as M and Daniel Craig as James Bond in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film. Credit: Nicola Dove. © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Daniel Craig stars as James Bond and Christoph Waltz as Blofeld in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film Credit: Nicola Dove © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Daniel Craig stars as James Bond and Christoph Waltz as Blofeld in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film. Credit: Nicola Dove. © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Daniel Craig stars as James Bond and Léa Seydoux as Dr. Madeleine Swann in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film. Credit: Nicola Dove © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Daniel Craig stars as James Bond and Léa Seydoux as Dr. Madeleine Swann in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film. Credit: Nicola Dove. © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film Credit: Nicola Dove © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film. Credit: Nicola Dove. © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
James Bond (Daniel Craig) in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film Credit: Nicola Dove © 2020 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
James Bond (Daniel Craig) in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film. Credit: Nicola Dove. © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film Credit: Nicola Dove © 2020 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film. Credit: Nicola Dove. © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Paloma (Ana de Armas) in NO TIME TO DIE an EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios film Credit: Nicola Dove © 2020 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Paloma (Ana de Armas) in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film. Credit: Nicola Dove. © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

For more on No Time To Die, check out these stories:

“No Time to Die” DP Linus Sandberg on Daniel Craig’s Epic Sendoff as James Bond

“No Time To Die” Has Record-Breaking International Opening

“No Time To Die” Gets the Widest U.K. Theatrical Release Ever

“No Time To Die” Review Roundup: A Thrilling, Emotional Conclusion to the Daniel Craig Era

Featured image: L-r: James Bond (DANIEL CRAIG) in the 007 action adventure CASINO ROYALE, from Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures through Sony Pictures Releasing. Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film. Credit: Nicola Dove. © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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