Daniel Craig has become the highest paid James Bond ever. After some speculation that Craig was not interested in continuing with the Bond franchise, the dollar amounts would more than likely change anyone’s mind.
Craig’s most successful and lucrative Bond, “Skyfall” has grossed $790 million worldwide and continues to grow. Craig was paid a whopping $17 million for the film, that’s almost $5 million more than Pierce Brosnan’s “The World Is Not Enough.”
The price tag is justifiable. Craig has brought a different perspective to the Bond we are used to seeing on the screen. With an athletic build, and a more theatrical play like experience of acting, Craig has propelled the Bond franchise to new heights.
Let’s break down the numbers.
Craig has starred in three Bond films.
“Casino Royale”: A 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a worldwide gross of $600 million.
“Quantum of Solace”: A 64% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a worldwide gross of $586 million.
“Skyfall”: A 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a worldwide gross of $790 million and growing.
Craig was paid $3 million for “Casino Royale,” $7 million for “Quantum of Solace,” and received a substantial $10 million raise for “Skyfall.”
With the money rolling in, Craig finds himself in the midst (financially) of actors such as Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tom Cruise.
Rumor is Sam Mendes director of “Skyfall” is already writing the plot for the next Bond film, and Daniel Craig has agreed to star in at least two more films in the franchise. The approximate salary for both of those films is $49.3 million, roughly $24 million for each film!
Craig clearly likes his money in bulk, not stirred….
Sorry for the cliche line, but any doubts on Craig returning as Bond…. James Bond, can be put to rest. If he indeed leaves after two films, his accumulated salary for all five films will reach an estimated $76 million!
With an incredible mixture of critical and lucrative success, the Bond franchise is alive and well with Daniel Craig being the poster boy for the next two films.