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Shaken and stirred! Daniel Craig's defining 007 moments


You've no doubt heard that Daniel Craig will be back as 007 in Bond 25. Whilst we celebrate his (almost certainly final) outing as James Bond, here are the moments that defined him as the world's most famous secret agent.

Toilet fight – Casino Royale

It's black and white, bold and utterly brutal – the opening to the 2006 Bond reboot secured Craig as the most gritty and efficient 007 since Timothy Dalton, if not ever.

Craning for impact – Skyfall

How does one catch up with a diabolical assassin possessing a top secret list of the world's covert agents? Easy if you're Craig's Bond: activate a crane, smash it into the adjoining train carriage, sprint along the top and leap down, pausing only to adjust your cufflinks. Now that's cool.

Bond at the Beach – Casino Royale

The most famous image from Daniel Craig's first Bond outing sees him emerge from the sea in the manner of Doctor No's Ursula Andress. But, you know, with more defined pecs and abs. Swimming trunk sales automatically went through the roof.

A fight at the opera – Quantum of Solace

It's not regarded as Craig's best Bond movie but this relentless 007 adventure is well worth another look. The standout sequence comes when Bond rumbles a top secret meeting between Quantum that's occuring in plain sight during an Austrian performance of Tosca.

Day of the Dead – SPECTRE

The movie may have been a mixed bag but SPECTRE's opening sequence was a barnstormer, director Sam Mendes orchestrating a fiendishly complex and engrossing tracking shot through Mexico's annual festival. As Craig's Bond emerges from the masked crowd he nails the sass, menace and charisma of Ian Fleming's creation.

Resurrection – Skyfall

The dramatic opening of this acclaimed Bond thriller sees 007 endure the impossible: a near-death shooting followed by an integration back into MI6. The anguish and pain reflected on Craig's face as 007 attempts to reassert his physical status is indicative of his finest Bond performance, and possibly his finest film, one that's raw, emotional and utterly absorbing.

Bombing out – Casino Royale

Craig draws acclaim for how he takes Bond back to Fleming's dark and tortured roots. His sadistic smile at sending a terrorist to an explosive demise is all we need to distance ourselves from glossy, lacquered predecessor Pierce Brosnan.

Remembering Vesper – Quantum of Solace

Many don't like to admit it but there are a smattering of emotional moments in this most aggressive and unrelenting of Craig's movies. The poignant scene where 007 gets drunk remembering traitorous former lover Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) stands out for its emotional acuity.

Cross your legs – Casino Royale

As if we were in any doubt that Craig's new Bond was the toughest so far, the infamous moment where he has his privates whacked by ruthless Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) seals the deal. The sounds of pain from the men in the audience could be heard for miles around.

The Aston Martin returns – Skyfall

Nostalgia doesn't get more badass than the reveal of the legendary Goldfinger vehicle, comandeered by Bond and a fugitive M (Judi Dench). The judicious blast of the Bond theme on Thomas Newman's soundtrack just seals the deal.

Train fight – SPECTRE

Lots of people stump for Casino Royale's breathless stairwell battle but for our money the utterly bruising conflict between Bond and the imposing Hinx (Dave Bautista) seals the deal. It's startling to see how out of his depth 007 is: truly, he almost loses the violent fight before Madeleine (Lea Seydoux) intervenes and saves him.

Comforting Vesper – Casino Royale

Craig introduced grace notes of vulnerability and compassion into his Bond portrayal, reinforcing the character as a compelling human being first and foremost. The little moment where he consoles the traumatised Vesper in the shower following his staircase fight scene is one of the most affecting in the entire Bond series.

Returning home – Skyfall

The 23rd Bond movie was justly celebrated for digging out 007's elusive past. It was fascinating watching the movie climax in a much more recognisably British location, the Scottish highlands in which James grew up, and one can see in Craig's subtly emotional performance how much he's enjoying digging into Bond's background.

Suspended from duty – Quantum of Solace

The relationship between 007 and Judi Dench's hard-headed yet sympathetic M was of paramount importance throughout the Craig era, until it came to a moving close in Skyfall. But Quantum offers one of their most significant exchanges, as M expresses her disgust over his disregard for authority, whilst also signalling approval of his tenacity and drive. It's their complex relationship in a nutshell.

Vodka martini – Casino Royale

Craig's first movie humorously played around with the iconography of the series, as witnessed when he grumpily orders his signature drink from the casino bar. But given this is Bond the early years, he hasn't yet mastered the whole shaken or stirred approach, leading to a memorable response.

A new life – SPECTRE

Can James Bond ever truly achieve a measure of peace and happiness? It almost worked out in 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service before culminating in tragedy. But 2015's SPECTRE actually ended on a relatively positive note: Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) had been taken into custody and Bond drives his Aston Martin DB5 into the sunset with Madeleine by his side. Does this set us up for Bond 25?

The name's Bond, James Bond – Casino Royale

The movie kept us waiting, and then waiting a bit more, for the ultimate reveal of the signature 007 line. It finally comes in the closing moments to David Arnold's spectacular blast of the Bond theme. Yes, Daniel Craig was 007, and here to stay.

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