Daniel Craig in Skyfall

Daniel Craig in Skyfall

Daniel Craig is back on the big screen this week as he reprises the role as James Bond for a third outing as 007.

It has been four years since the actor last played Bond but Skyfall sees him reunite with Sam Mendes for would could be one of the best movies in the franchise to date.

So to celebrate the release of the movie we take a look at some of Daniel Craig's greatest movies.

- The Road To Perdition

In 2002 Craig teamed up with director Sam Mendes for the first time in gangster movie The Road To Perdition.

The movie saw Craig take on an evil and slightly unhinged role - all be it as a member of the supporting cast.

The Road To Perdition is one of the best gangster movies in the last ten years as Tom Hanks and Paul Newman also starred in the film.

But it was a dark and dangerous performance from Craig as Connor Rooney - which was something that we hadn't really seen from the actor before.

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- Layer Cake

Two years later and Craig was taking on the lead role in Layer Cake - a movie that was the directorial debut for Matthew Vaughn.

This remains one of Craig's best performances in a film that really set British film alight when it was released in 2004.

It is a suave and sophisticated turn from Craig that really did set him up to bag the role of 007.

Throw in a good script as well as being slickly shot and you have a very stylish crime thriller.

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- Munich

In 2005 Craig teamed up with another great director in the form of Steven Spielberg to tell the true story Munich.

This is an emotional and powerful movie from start to finish that demanded a lot from the director and the talented cast.

The movie follows the dreadful aftermath of the 1972 Olympic massacre that left 11 members of the Israeli delegation dead and the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.

Craig took on a supporting role in the movie alongside Eric Bana and Ciaran Hinds and all of the beautifully show the told that their task has upon them.

Munich is a very though provoking and personal movie and one that should not be missed.

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- Casino Royale

It was 2006 when Craig took over the role of James Bond for the very first time - despite some reservations from long standing fans of the franchise.

But Craig showed that he was more than up to the task of playing 007 as this was a Bond that was stripped bare and was grittier than ever before.

Martin Campbell was in the director's chair and while you had all the normal staples of a Bond movie; fast cars, high speed chases and beautiful women there was something incredibly fresh about Casino Royale.

Craig proved to be a wise pick for the role and Casino Royale remains the most financially successful Bond movie to date - however all that may be about to change.

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- Defiance

When you look back over the Second World War the remarkable story of the Bielski brothers is one that has been forgotten - until Ed Zwick brought it to the big screen in 2008.

The movie follows them the three brothers as they escape into the Belarussian forests to avoid the Nazi's.

They join Russian resistance fighters and endeavour to build a village in order to protect themselves and about 1,000 Jewish non-combatants.

This may be a war story but it is also about a trio of brothers and the bond that lies between them - even in hard times.

This is a movie that really allowed Craig to flex his action muscles and move away, for a little while, from the Bond franchise.

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Skyfall is released 26th October

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw


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