Most wealthy people think it’s fitting to leave an inheritance to their children before they give up the ghost. Not Daniel Craig. In a recent interview, the legendary actor and recent personification of the iconic movie character James Bond, admitted that he doesn’t intend to leave his children an inheritance.
“I don’t want to leave great sums to the next generation,” shared Craig in an interview. “I think inheritance is quite distasteful. So my philosophy is to get rid of it or give it away before you go.”
Most movie buffs will know precisely who Daniel Craig is. He has appeared in many movies that would go on to become critical and box office successes. However, his most notable work to date would have to be the latest installment of the 007 series, where he plays the lead role of James Bond, a secret agent who goes on multiple missions that seem impossible to complete.
It’s not a secret that the Bond series of the latest flavor has been a massive success. In the 2012 edition of the series, “Skyfall,” Craig received a paycheck to the tune of $17 million, as some reports say, which is at least $7 million more than his predecessor, Sean Connery, ever received from one flick. Moreover, the movie went on to earn over a billion dollars overall in domestic and international markets, becoming one of the highest-grossing films in the action and espionage genre.
In the final chapter of Daniel’s journey as the highly skilled agent, which will carry the title “No Time To Die,” the actor will reportedly receive a $25 million paycheck. All in all, Daniel has amassed a significant amount of wealth over the last few decades of his acting career. And as he implies, all of that money will go away even before his children see one cent.
“Isn’t there an old adage that if you die a rich person, you’ve failed?” explains Craig on why his wealth will never get to the hands of his two daughters. The iconic actor wasn’t specific on where the money would go, but some might deduce that he intends to give a significant fraction of it away for non-profit organizations and good causes. “I think Andrew Carnegie, an American industrialist from the 1800s, gave away what in today’s money would be about $11 billion, which shows how rich he was because I’ll bet he kept some of it too,” said Craig. “My philosophy is get rid of it or give it away before you go.”
Daniel Craig has two daughters from two relationships. His eldest daughter Elle, he had with Fiona Loudon back in 1992. The two celebrities would later split when Elle was still a child. Later in 2018, Daniel would have a second child with his current wife, Rachel Weisz. Her name has been withheld from the public as Weisz and Craig have decided to keep a good portion of their personal life away from the limelight.
Daniel has also had success in many other movies outside of the James Bond series, including titles like Cowboys and Aliens, Knives Out, The Golden Compass, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and many others. He intends to keep making movies for the foreseeable future and most likely also to keep building up his net worth in the process.