NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 08: Daniel Craig speaks onstage during the National Board Of Review 2023 Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 08, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for National Board of Review)
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The 12 Best Daniel Craig Roles That Aren't 007
Daniel Craig made his on-screen debut with a small role in "The Power of One" and continued to work in film and TV, which led him to star as Ray, a schizophrenic Londoner, in "Some Voices." The film didn't do well at the box office, but it was well-reviewed, particularly Craig's performance, for which he won Best Actor at the British Independent Film Awards.
Connor Rooney
In Sam Mendes' ensemble drama "Road to Perdition," Craig plays Connor Rooney, the volatile, loose-cannon son of Paul Newman's fearsome mob boss, John Rooney. In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Craig said that working with the likes of Newman changed things for him and made him believe he belonged at the top level.
In "Layer Cake," Craig stars as an unnamed cocaine dealer — identified as XXXX in the credits — whose last assignment before retirement goes awry. He received praise for his taut performance as a shrewd criminal with a knack for business and a distaste for violence, and his role in the film has been credited with attracting the attention of the James Bond producers.
"Munich" follows a covert Israeli team that attempts to avenge the murder of 11 Israeli athletes by a Palestinian group during the 1972 Olympics. Craig plays Steve, a South African serving as the team's driver and trigger man, who initially joins the mission with a gung-ho attitude but later faces a moral dilemma.
Perry Smith
In "Infamous," Craig portrays Perry Smith, one of the convicted murderers author Truman Capote meets while working on his true-crime classic, "In Cold Blood." Director Douglas McGrath told The Observer that he knew Craig "was right because he is very persuasively violent, very persuasive as a vulnerable person, but he is also totally magnetic."