What will Daniel Craig do beyond 007?
The actor has had few non-007 screen roles in years – but two new films show his range, one of which is a drama at the Toronto Film Festival about the 1992 LA riots.
Reality-based films are taking centre stage at the Toronto International Film Festival, with Gary Oldman receiving praise for his performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour and Jessica Chastain being lauded for playing a real-life organiser of illegal poker tournaments in Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut Molly’s Game.
But it’s Kings that should be one of the most interesting titles at the festival. Covering the 1992 race riot that broke out in Los Angeles after the acquittal of several police officers for the beating of Rodney King, the film stars Daniel Craig alongside Halle Berry. Until its debut at TIFF, the only other non-Bond film Craig has made in the last six years was Logan Lucky (released in August), a Steven Soderbergh crime caper in which Craig plays a US bank robber with a profound Southern drawl.
Craig has appeared on stage to great acclaim during that six-year period, but Kings and the critically acclaimed Logan Lucky are important screen milestones for him as he begins to wind down his tenure as James Bond. As Sean Connery did before him, Craig wants to ensure that he has a long and lively film career even after he hangs up 007’s tux.
Tom Brook discusses Craig’s future prospects with BBC Culture film critic Caryn James and BBC News arts and entertainment reporter Steven McIntosh. Click the play button on the video above.