MCM: Daniel Craig


Sure, he’s been Bond and now he’s Benoit Blanc, but Daniel Craig started out in frock flicks. A lot of them were military stuff, which we find pretty boring here, but he dabbled in non-uniformed historical dramas. Maybe he’ll return someday?



Walkway Guard in Covington Cross (1992)

Daniel Craig, Covington Cross (1992)

The internet says this is a screencap of Craig from the pilot episode of this TV series set in the 14th century. Would the internet steer us wrong?



Lieutenant Hidalgo in Zorro (1993)

Daniel Craig, Zorro (1993)

Craig showed up in two episodes of this series set in early 19th-c.Spanish California. If he’s gonna be in uniform, pre-1900 ones with shiny bits are more our style!



Berry in Sharpe (1993)

Daniel Craig, Sharpe (1993)

Just in one episode of the long-running series about the Napoleonic Wars. Enough to look super fiiiiiiine in that uniform & hat, sir.



Schiller in “Palestine, October 1917,” The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1993)

Daniel Craig, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1993)

This was such a fun series! But I’m not so sure about that ‘stache.



Master Kane in A Kid in King Arthur’s Court (1995)

Daniel Craig, A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995)

I believe that’s Kate Winslet as “Princess Sarah” who Daniel Craig is making eyes at, in this kid’s movie.



James ‘Jemmy’ Seagrave in The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (1996)

Daniel Craig, The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (1996)

Now this is what I’m talking about! More please.

Moll Flanders (1996)

As the love of Moll’s life, Daniel Craig shows up in fancy garb & lots of hair.



George Dyer in Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998)

Daniel Craig, Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998)

Craig plays a burglar who becomes the lover of painter Francis Bacon (played by Derek Jacobi) in this artsy biopic.



John Ballard in Elizabeth (1998)

Daniel Craig, Elizabeth (1998)

Playing the baddie, a priest involved in a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth. Historically, Ballard was part of the Babington Plot used by Walsingham to entrap Mary Queen of Scots, but this movie mixes the facts up.



James Lynchehaun in Love & Rage (1999)

Daniel Craig, Love & Rage (1999)

A dark thriller set around the 1900s in Ireland.



Sgt. Telford Winter in The Trench (1991)

Daniel Craig, The Trench (1991)

British soldiers during World War I, right before the Battle of the Somme.



Guy Crouchback in Sword of Honour (2001)

Daniel Craig, Sword of Honour (2001)

TV movie based on a trilogy of Evelyn Waugh novels about World War II.



Connor Rooney in Road to Perdition (2002)

Daniel Craig, Road to Perdition (2002)

A 1930s mobster movie, also starring Tom Hanks & Paul Newman.



Werner Heisenberg in Copenhagen (2002)

Daniel Craig, Copenhagen (2002)

TV movie based on a stage play about the meeting between physicists Niels Bohr & Werner Heisenberg in 1941 Copenhagen.



Ted Hughes in Sylvia (2003)

Daniel Craig, Sylvia (2003)

Biopic of poet Sylvia Plath, who committed suicide in 1963, & was married to poet Edward James “Ted” Hughes.



Amerikai õrmester in Fateless (2005)

Daniel Craig, Fateless (2005)

Craig has a small role in this film about a Jewish boy deported to concentration camps during WWII.



Perry Smith in Infamous (2006)

Daniel Craig, Infamous (2006)

While researching their case for a novel, Truman Capote (played by Toby Jones) befriends the murderers, Perry Smith & Dick Hickock.



What’s your favorite historical role played by Daniel Craig? Do you want to see him in more frock flicks?

14 Responses

  1. Boxermom

    Not a FF, but the first thing I saw him in was Tomb Raider. I don’t remember much of his role, but there was a scene where he was in the shower. That alone was worth the price of admission. :)

  2. ED

    For obvious reasons I remain deeply, deeply disappointed that Mr Daniel Craig has never played a Viking – just look at that square head of his, if he were any more blatantly shaped by the hand of God to play some sort of barbarously Teutonic/Gothic/Nordic heavy he’d have been born wearing a winged helmet!

    Also, having now seen him wear Imperial German uniform, I am just DESPERATE to see him wear a monocle, a sneer and some sort of 20th century German uniform of his choice.

    • LondonKdS

      After seeing “Shazam”, I thought that Craig would be a perfect Captain Nazi, if they decided to go there for a later film.

  3. ED

    Also, who on Earth took one look at Mr Daniel Craig and thought “Ah ha, here is an officer of Spain in California waiting to happen!” I ask you?

    No, wait, in all fairness Spain – like most far flung Empires – pulled in odds and ends from everywhere, so that casting might pass muster, except that the surname ‘Hidalgo’ more or less means “None more Spanish, Spanish of SPAIN, cower ye creoles!” so it’s especially weird to see an officer of the name played by a man who looks like he just stepped off longship.

    On the other hand it’s possible that ‘Hidalgo’ is part of a double-barrelled surname (with the other name being Anglo or Germanic): I believe there were more than a few Jacobite Irish and their descendants working for their Most Catholic Majesties at the time Zorro was running the rooftops.

    • Aleko

      The last Viceroy of New Spain, appointed in 1821, rejoiced in the name of Lieutentant-General Juan de Odonoju y O’Ryan. (He had previously served in the Spanish regular forces against Napoleon.) Sadly he died within the year; perhaps the climate didn’t agree with him – or with his two nephews, who had come with him to Central America and had already died from yellow fever in Veracruz.

  4. Kat

    Daniel Craig also did Defiance (2008); about the Jewish Bielski brothers fighting back against the Nazis in Belarus in the early 1940s.

    • ED

      I’m not saying this film is directly connected to him becoming Mr Rachel Weisz in Real Life, but it can’t possibly have hurt relations between the two of them!

  5. Gretchen

    I just rewatched him in Moll Flanders—my oh my does he rock the big wig. Well cast as the love of her life.

  6. H.D.

    Don’t forget “Our Friends in the North” set in 1960s England! The costumes are highly under whelming, so I can see why it wasn’t on the list lol

  7. Lily Lotus Rose

    I just can’t get on board with him as a brunette. He was very good in Road to Perdition and Sylvia.


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