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Five Favorite Daniel Craig Roles


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When we heard that they were casting Daniel Craig as James Bond we thought first, why not us? Then we thought: Right on. The man and his attractively craggy visage were meant to play the world’s most famous spy. Plus, after seeing his work in “Layer Cake” we knew he was up to the task of ordering his martini shaken, not stirred while getting the girl and stopping the terrorists/criminals/evil masterminds/drug lords. If you haven’t seen “Layer Cake” before, be sure to watch it tonight at 8/7c.

The film marked the directorial debut for Matthew Vaughn, who is best known as a producer for Guy Ritchie’s Brit crime movies and you can definitely see Ritchie’s influence in this slick action thriller. Craig stars as XXXX (giving him practice in weird monikers before taking over as 007) a go-between in the British mob who buys drugs from underground wholesalers and them sells them to street dealers. He wants to get out of the game, and his overseer Jimmy Price (Kenneth Cranham) is willing to let him go, but before he has a couple of favors that need to be done. And that’s when things get good.

Craig does an impressive job as XXXX. He’s smooth without being overly slick, he has good taste in women (Sienna Miller!), and he handles his problems with dignity, street smarts, and, of course, guns. It’s the classic Craig role and part of the reason we love the actor and the movie so darn much.

Here are five of our other favorite Daniel Craig roles:

1. Steve in “Munich”

2. Mikael Blomkvist in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

3. Sgt. Botha in “The Power of One”

4. Lord Asriel in “The Golden Compass”

5. James Bond in “Casino Royale”

“Layer Cake” airs tonight at 8/7c; Sunday, May. 20 at 1:00 AM ET; and Sunday, May. 20 at 3:15 AM ET

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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