Saturday 24 June 2017

007 actors still licensed to thrill - Craig becomes second longest serving agent

Daniel Craig as James Bond. Photo: EON Productions/PA Wire
Daniel Craig as James Bond. Photo: EON Productions/PA Wire

Ian Jones

Daniel Craig has become cinema's second longest-serving James Bond.

The British actor has now played the role of 007 for a total of 4,147 days - or almost 11-and-a-half years.

Craig officially took on the mantle of the world's most famous secret agent on October 14, 2005. Since then, he has starred in four Bond films, the most recent being 'Spectre' in 2015.

He needs to clock up another two-and-a-half years to become the longest-serving Bond, however.

That title is held by Roger Moore, who starred in seven films and spent 5,118 days in the role.

Craig's predecessor, Irish actor Pierce Brosnan, is now in third place in the rankings, while the original 007, Sean Connery, is fourth.

Sean Connery. Photo: Bettmann/CORBIS
Sean Connery. Photo: Bettmann/CORBIS
Pierce Brosnan
Timothy Dalton as James Bond. Photo: PA
George Lazenby. Photo: PA
Roger Moore. Photo: PA

Timothy Dalton, who appeared in two films, is fifth. George Lazenby, star of just one Bond film, is in last place. Connery's appearance in 1983's unofficial 007 film 'Never Say Never Again' was not included in the calculations.

The franchise is now in its 55th year, having begun in 1962 with 'Dr No'.

The identity of the actor to play Bond in the next film in the sequence remains uncertain, however. Speaking in September last year, 007 executive producer Callum McDougall said he would "love" Craig to return.

Irish Independent

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