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DANIEL CRAIG (Ben) has been honored for his work in a number of dramatic film roles but has most recently become best known as the big screen's latest James Bond. He first starred as the iconic Agent 007 in the 2006 blockbuster "Casino Royale,” the highest-grossing Bond film to date. Craig won an Evening Standard Film Award and an Empire Award and earned a BAFTA Award nomination for his performance in the film. He will reprise his role in the next installment of the James Bond franchise, to be directed by Marc Forster and set for release in 2008. His upcoming films also include Chris Weitz's fantasy adventure "The Golden Compass,” in which he stars with Nicole Kidman; Edward Zwick's World War II drama "Defiance”; and "Flashbacks of a Fool,” directed by Baillie Walsh, which Craig is also executive producing.

Earlier this year, Craig received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his portrayal of infamous murderer Perry Smith in Douglas McGrath's 2006 Truman Capote biopic, "Infamous.” In 2005, he starred in Steven Spielberg's controversial drama "Munich,” about the aftermath of the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics. Also that year, Craig co-starred in John Maybury's thriller "The Jacket,” with Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley; and the BBC television movie "Archangel,” based on Robert Harris' bestseller.

Craig first gained international attention when he won an Edinburgh Film Festival Award for his work in the 1998 Francis Bacon biopic "Love Is the Devil,” directed by John Maybury. The following year, he earned his first British Independent Film Award nomination for his role in "The Trench.” In 2000, Craig won a British Independent Film Award for "Some Voices.” He has since garnered another British Independent Film Award nomination for his performance in 2004's "Enduring Love,” for which he also won a London Critics Circle Award for Best British Actor.

Craig's additional film credits include "Layer Cake”; "Sylvia,” opposite Gwyneth Paltrow; Roger Michell's "The Mother”; Sam Mendes' crime drama "Road to Perdition,” with Tom Hanks and Paul Newman; the ensemble comedy "Hotel Splendide”; "I Dreamed of Africa”; Shekhar Kapur's "Elizabeth”; and the South African boxing drama "The Power of One,” in which he made his feature film debut. In addition, Craig won praise for his performance in the BBC miniseries "Our Friends in the North.”

Craig began acting on the stage when he joined the National Youth Theatre in London at the age of 17. He continued his training at the prestigious London Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 1991. His later theatre credits include leading roles in "Hurlyburly” at the Old Vic, and "Angels in America” at the National Theatre. In 2002, he was nominated for an Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in "A Number,” in which he played three roles.

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