For 15 years, Daniel Craig was the face of one of cinema’s most important franchises. The British actor was the James Bond for a generation, but he’s always made it clear that he’s bigger than the agent. Proof of this is that, in parallel with the 007 series, he starred in several other films that show other facets in addition to the spy.
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The biggest proof of this is on Netflix and the premiere of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. Despite the terrible name, the feature is one of the main bets of streaming and relies entirely on Craig’s charisma to play an unlikely detective having to solve an even more absurd crime.
So, if you want to know what the actor is capable of doing, FreeGameGuide has listed the 7 best films with Daniel Craig.
Here’s a movie that not everyone remembers that Daniel Craig participated in. Especially because he was just a supporting actor, not so well known, since he had not yet appeared as James Bond to the general public. So he was just a generic, ugly actor among big names like Eric Bana and Geoffrey Rush.
But there is no way not to point out Craig’s participation in the feature film directed by Steven Spielberg that tells the true story of the terrorist attack on the Munich Olympics, in 1972, which killed eleven Israeli athletes.
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In this case, Daniel Craig plays one of the agents who will help agent Avner (Bana) to fulfill the mission given by the Israeli government to take revenge on the group responsible for the tragedy.
Munich is available to buy and rent from the Microsoft Store, Amazon and iTunes.
6. An Act of Freedom
Another film based on real events, Freedom Act was released in 2008, after the rise of Daniel Craig as James Bond. Thus, he appears as the protagonist of this story that tells the efforts of Polish Jews to resist the Nazi occupation during World War II.
It’s a plot that explores even more the dramatic side of Craig, who was starting to build his image as an action hero in theaters. That’s because he plays the eldest of three brothers who, together, will build a community to gather survivors and serve as inspiration so that they can face the oncoming oppression.
5. All Is Not What It Seems
Before being a great spy, Daniel Craig drew attention with Not Everything Is What It Seems, a film in which he plays a big and powerful drug dealer who is determined to abandon the life of a criminal. Only, for that, he needs to fulfill some last missions that are quite risky and that can frustrate his freedom.
Speaking like this, it seems like a generic script from a mafia or criminal movie, but the highlight here is the fact that the construction of both the characters and the plot itself is so well done that it is very easy to get carried away and be surprised by the several twists that the story offers.
All Is Not What It Seems is available on Netflix and for purchase and rental on Amazon and iTunes.
4. Millennium: The Men Who Didn’t Love Women
The adaptation of the Millennium saga is a real salad in cinemas, as it has both a Swedish version and an American remake released the following year. And it is in this version with Hollywood fingers that Daniel Craig appears as journalist Mikael Blomkvist, an experienced investigator of corruption cases who has his life destroyed after losing a lawsuit for defamation.
And his chance to rise again comes with the proposal of a billionaire who wants him to investigate the disappearance of his niece for more than 30 years. Only, for that, he will have to work with the hacker who helped to overthrow him in court, which already makes the relationship quite conflicted.
However, what really draws attention are the secrets of the family that hired him, showing that the truth is much more complicated than they imagined.
Millennium: The Men Who Didn’t Love Women is available on Claro TV+.
3. Logan Lucky – Family Robbery
Logan Lucky is one of those films that went unnoticed by many people, but it is a great heist film that has not appeared in the cinema for a long time. The story centers around the Logan family, who organize a grand plan to steal millions of dollars during a major racing event.
With Adam Driver (Marriage Story) and Channing Tatum (Magic Mike) in the cast, Daniel Craig lives a demolition specialist who is hired by the family to help with the plan and who turns out to be a complete nutcase – which only complicates the mission of escape the FBI’s crosshairs.
Logan Lucky Family Heist is available on HBO Max and for purchase and rental on iTunes and Amazon.
2. Between Knives and Secrets
The expectation around Glass Onion only exists because the first Between Knives and Secrets is an excellent film. Directed by Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), the feature features Craig as the not-so-genius detective Benoit Blanc, who is summoned to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of a famous writer during dinner with the family.
And the great charm of the feature is precisely its protagonist, who oscillates between the wit of Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot and the complete randomness of thoughts and actions. For it is in this doubt of who this protagonist really is that lies the heart of the story.
Between Knives and Secrets is available on Netflix and Telecine.
1.007: Operation Skyfall
But there is no way to talk about the best films with Daniel Craig without going through the 007 franchise. The series is one of the most important in cinema and the actor was one of those who spent the most time as James Bond, making it impossible not to mention the saga of spy. But, more than that, we also cannot deny that 007: Operation Skyfall is a big movie.
Of all the five features he starred in, this is where we see both his greatest delivery as an actor as well as a very well-constructed script that offers a lot of action, twists, character development and great revelations that impact the franchise as a whole. He is everything we expect from a hero.
In Skyfall, James Bond is presumed dead after the failure of a mission and decides to use this supposed death to start a new life. The problem is that ghosts from MI-6’s own past surface and force 007’s return from retirement. However, this will also awaken some ghosts of the protagonist.