If you want to put Daniel Craig in your James Bond film, it will cost you. It’s just what he’s used to…
It is being reported that the brawny actor is the highest paid Bond of all time. Craig scored 31 million euro in combined salary for his now three-part performance, thus surpassing the likes of Pierce Brosnan, Sean Connery, Roger Moore, and all the other good looking gents to identify as secret agent 007 in the past.
For you Patriots reading this without a calculator handy, that’s nearly $40 million dollars in America talk.
According to the UK’s Daily Mail, Craig earned £10.7 million ($13.6 million) for 2012’s Skyfall, £4.4 million ($5.6 million) for 2008’s Quantum Solace, and £1.9 million ($2.4 million) for 2006’s Casino Royale.
One might try to write these numbers off as inflation, but it should be noted that it wasn’t until Skyfall that Craig jumped ahead with a bigger single movie paycheck than Brosnan, who scored £10.3 million ($13.2 million) for 2002’s Die Another Day.
Above his bloated wallet, Craig is arguably the “coolest” Bond to date among critics. The actor has not only upped the fictional characters’ gadgets (e.g. a palm print activated pistol), but also controversially expanded his palate beyond the traditional Vodka martini to the likes of a bottled Heineken.
Other than higher salaries, Skyfall marks a new 007 high to another number: ticket sales. The adrenaline-stuffed film’s earnings soared to $669.2 million this weekend, passing its predecessors to become the top-grossing Bond film of all time.
In other words, it’s understandable that Craig has signed on to appear as Bond in two more films to come, meaning more money for him, and more eye candy for us.