He is now familiar to us as the face of 007, but before resuscitating the James Bond franchise, Daniel Craig was largely unknown to North American audiences. Over the past 15 years Mr. Craig has indeed been hard at work, appearing in more than 50 films and TV series including, Sharpes Eagle, Elizabeth, Munichand Road to Perdition and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Here is a listing of features you may have missed, but shouldn't have. Don't worry, you can thank me later
Layer Cake The life of a mafia kingpin can sure take its toll on you. Daniel Craig stars as "Mr. X" who on the eve of his retirement as a London gangster is drawn back into the life he is eager to leave. What follows in a stylish labrynthine gangster saga with a shocking and well earned ending. Michael Gambon, Sienna Miller and Colm Meany round out the cast. Please be forewared, this film contains scenes of strong violence and is rated R.
Archangel A historian in a foreign land, a secret society, mysterious bloodlines, a sidekick with a recently murdered grandparent ... sound familiar? Although it shares a structure similar to a certain 2003 Dan Brown story, 'Archangel' is a BBC Television production based on the excellent 1998 Robert Harris novel. This film stars Craig as a historian who is an expert on Stalinist Russia. While lecturing in Moscow he stumbles across what might be Stalin's lost diaries, containing a mystery that could forever change the face of Russian history.
Infamous Another telling of Truman Capote's great literary mission, the writing of "In Cold Blood". While researching the novel, Capote (Toby Jones) develops a close relationship with convicted murderers Richard Hickock and Perry Smith (Daniel Craig). Unfortunately, this film was lost in the shadow of the 2005 film "Capote" featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman's Oscar winning performance. This is a shame because "Infamous" is in many ways the superior film. With more gentle comic moments and a less weighty approch, this film shows us Capote's struggles without feeling like a morality play. Sandra Bullock, Sigourney Weaver, Hope Davis, Jeff Daniels, Isabella Rossellini and Gwyneth Paltrow also star.
A further note -- The latest James Bond film is now available at the Calgary Public Library. You can place a hold with the following link -- The Quantum of Solace [DVD]