Officially the couple had only been dating six months but, Craig, 43, and Weisz, 41, are old friends - part of the north London set that includes directors Roger Michell and Sam Mendes, writer Patrick Marber and actors Jude Law and Ralph and Joseph Fiennes. Weisz grew up in Hampstead, her father, a medical inventor, comes from a Jewish Hungarian family; her mother, a psychotherapist, is Catholic Viennese. Craig is a working-class Liverpool boy - son of a merchant seaman turned pub landlord - who left school at 16. The first time I met Craig was in 2003, during filming for Michell's Enduring Love at the London Review Bookshop.
Every time shooting stopped, Craig piled books behind the till - novels, poetry, philosophy, a biography of Bob Dylan - to purchase at the end of the day.
When Bond star Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz married in New York last Wednesday, they caught the paparazzi napping.
The ceremony took place in a friend's home and was attended by Rachel's five-year-old son, Henry (his dad is Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky), and Daniel's 18-year-old daughter, Ella, from a former marriage - plus two friends who acted as witnesses.
Which does seem rather strange, given that according to the camps of both Craig and Miss Weisz they only began their affair after splitting with their respective long-term exes. Perhaps it has something to do with the whirlwind nature of their race up the aisle – at the first hint of hasty nuptials, many would assume that the bride was already expecting.
By November, Weisz and Aronofsky, her partner of nine years, had announced they had been separated for some months.
One long-time actor friend of Chester-born Craig, who has worked regularly with him – and shared more than a few of the drunken nights to which the Bond star is occasionally partial – told the Mail this week: ‘Frankly, I think it’s a bit much he couldn’t let his old pals know.
I really don’t understand why he feels the need for all this cloak-and-dagger silliness.’ Unofficially, those surrounding the new Mr and Mrs Bond were letting it be known this week that the pair had decided on a low-key event ‘out of respect for their previous partners’.
His father Timothy John Wroughton Craig used to be a landlord of the pubs around Frodsham and Willington.
He has also served in the Merchant Navy as a mid-ship man.