Aside from next week's wide release which is positioned nicely to become the biggest box-office hit of the end of the year, Daniel Craig's film work has already been augmented this fall with Flashbacks of a Fool, a release from Anchor Bay Entertainment and Arclight Films which is currently both in limited release and just available on DVD. The film, a drama told through flashbacks, has Craig playing a washed out and angry actor who, through dealing with news of the death of a childhood friend, must deal with past conflicts and present day redemption. The story feels compelling and Craig's image of arrogance and vulnerability nicely echo the conflict of the script.
Post Bond will be Defiance. The trailer, just reviewed on Moviedozer.com's Trailer Takes, puts Craig in the middle of a high tension drama set in Russia at the onset of World War II. Leading a community of Jews in an escape from Nazi soldiers, the film follows the odyssey of survival of a continually growing enclave holding onto its life's beliefs while constantly evading German capture. In Defiance, Daniel Craig is joined with strong support by actor Liev Schreiber. Directed by Edward Zwick who was responsible both for 2006's excellent Blood Diamond starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Connelly and 2003's masterful The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe, Defiance looks to be another performance driven historic piece set in convincing backgrounds and conditions. Daniel Craig looks to live up to every aspect of the past excellence that Zwick has drawn from his previous stars.
With the 007 franchise knee deep in hype over critical claims of reinvention and a new hard edged realism, it's refreshing to see its new star looking beyond the Bond girls, fast cars and high tech weaponry. Daniel Craig appears to be looking to live beyond Bond and to establish some high ground for his career and his fans. We think the last few months of 2008 will be a memorable time for Daniel Craig's career and a strong indication to his fans that there's much more of interest in what lies ahead. And of course, the Bond thing isn't about to be over anytime soon.