You don't need to be a world class super sleuth to figure out that Daniel Craig is worth major, major money. But just how much money? The fact that the answer is a big number obviously won't surprise anyone, but just how big the number is actually might. After spending literally years playing iconic characters like James Bond and Knives Out detective Benoit Blanc, the British actor has amassed a
small very, very, very large fortune. We'll get to the specific dollar amount in a second, but first, let's take a look at how he earned the millions of dollars that make up that final number.
Most of Daniel Craig's Money Comes from Acting
Obviously, as an A-list actor, most of the money Daniel Craig has earned over the years has come from the paychecks he's earned in his many years pretending to be other people for money. Craig has been racking up acting credits/paychecks since the early '90s, but he didn't start pulling in huge paydays until he took over the role of James Bond in 2006.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, bringing the grittiest/sexiest version of 007 ever to the screen has added a jaw-dropping $85.4 million to Craig's bank account over the years. Specifically, the site reports that he earned $3.2 million for Casino Royale, $7.2 million for Quantum of Solace, $20 million for Skyfall, $30 million for Spectre, and $25 million for No Time to Die. Add all those very large numbers up, and you get the actor's $85.4 million lifetime James Bond salary. Please feel free to take a moment to recover from the fact that we've only calculated Craig's salary for five movies (keeping in mind that he has 73 acting credits on his resume according to IMDb).
While not much is known about Craig's salary for most of his non-Bond roles, we did get a little extra intel about his post-007 earning potential thanks to the success of the Knives Out franchise. His salary for his first turn as gentleman sleuth Benoit Blanc isn't known, but Variety did report that he signed a deal for more than $100 million to reprise the role in the second and third Knives Out movies, aka numbers that somehow eclipse even the insanity of his James Bond paychecks.
He Owns Pricey Real Estate
Daniel Craig and his wife/fellow actor, Rachel Weisz, are both very successful and wealthy humans, so it's no surprise they've decided to invest some of their collective millions in premium real estate. In 2019, the couple sold their 3,200-square-foot East Village apartment for $6 million after dropping $6.75 million on a Brooklyn brownstone the year before. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Craig also owns a two-floor flat near London's Regent's Park (a 2008 report about the purchase said he paid £4 million for it)
What Is Daniel Craig's Net Worth?
Between his massive active paychecks and savvy real estate investments, Craig is currently worth a total of $160 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
But, JSYK, the actor has no intention of leaving all that money to his kids. In a 2021 interview with Candis Magazine, he opened up about his philosophy about wealth and inheritance and made it clear that he's in favor of giving his riches away to good causes over giving them to his offspring.
"Isn’t there an old adage that if you die a rich person, you’ve failed?" he said in the interview, according to CNBC, adding that it's "distasteful" to leave big inheritances. "My philosophy is get rid of it or give it away before you go."
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