Newlywed Daniel Craig Covers Esquire & Talks Latest 'Bond' Installment

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The handsome British actor Daniel Craig is famous on the big screen for his daredevil roles so it should come no surprise that he's ready to take on a new role in the upcoming Cowboys & Aliens, in addition to his James Bond duties.

It doesn’t matter which film you're watching the cunning newlywed in though, because we all know his striking blue eyes can make quite the lasting impression.

Esquire caught up with the blue-eyed brit to get to know him more off the screen. 

So not one word about the next installment of Bond, which he refers to simply as Bond 23?

"No-no-no, Sam's gonna do it, Sam Mendes, and I'm really... really lookin' forward to the fact that he's gonna do it," he says, snapping to. Mendes directed him in the gloomy thriller Road to Perdition in 2002. Craig tricks out a little smirk then. A concession, a comfort maybe.

"This has become my way, it's as simple as that," he says. "I mean, since I've just become James Bond. And I think, you know, that means being something that people feel they own. And all of the sudden I'm getting magazine covers, when I got nothing for ten years before that. I say it's just pure luck. And doing covers, people interviewing me, and they want to know everything and I'm going, I'm not gonna ... tell you!"

Craig settles once more into the clutch of his muscular recline. "Well, you know," he says, sliding the Ray-Bans from his nose. "I mean this is actually very nice. We can talk about anything else, and hopefully it can be made interesting."

Okay, then. What does he want to talk about?

First, it should be said: He's right about this. He can talk about nearly anything and it is pleasant, informed, normal. Mostly the jabber of the everyday: children, politics, regret. His daughter comes up, a student in a college on the East Coast of the United States.

"I don't really talk about her, because — well, she can't defend herself. But she's fantastic. Fantastic, and she's — you know, she's doing something." A certain lightness comes over him then, a loosening of the features, a squaring of the hips to the table edge. The sun angles along the courtyard wall, and on his face: the shine of a pride not often allowed out for a walk. "I mean, she's finishing her education, in the States. I said, 'Look, there's an opportunity here, you should take it.' I'm in that position, and I guess that's something that feels more than lucky. It feels essential."

For him as a boy, he says, it was more luck. "I'd left home at sixteen, so I was independent and I could apply. I got a full grant. But I got full grant and full maintenance, ... but I mean, it made the difference. I got through college," he says. It is strangely difficult to imagine Daniel Craig as a twenty-year-old college student.

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