Daniel Craig becomes best paid James Bond star

11:49 19 November 2012

Daniel Craig is nominated in the ceremony. Photo: Ian West/PA

Daniel Craig is nominated in the ceremony. Photo: Ian West/PA

PA Archive/Press Association Images

Daniel Craig is now the highest-paid James Bond star after signing a £31million contract to appear in two more films.

The 44-year-old actor who reprised his role as the iconic British spy for the third time in ‘Skyfall’ has dwarfed the pay cheques received by his predecessors.

Sir Sean Connery was the first actor to play Bond in 1962, earning £10,000 to star in ‘Dr. No’.

His salary steadily rose, with the average pay for his work on six films in the franchise averaging at £218,000 - around £3million in today’s prices.

George Lazenby earned £340,000 - the equivalent of £460,000 - for his one outing as 007 in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, while Sir Roger Moore brought home an average of £1.4million, or £6.3million today, from his seven films.

Timothy Dalton also averaged £1.4 million for his two films, while Pierce Brosnan’s average amounted to £6.1million, or £8.7million in today’s prices.

Daniel’s new deal brings his pay average to £9.6 million per film.

The huge contract surpasses the £10.7 million he earned for ‘Skyfall’, which at the time overtook the £10.3million Pierce Brosnan took home for starring in 2002 Bond movie ‘Die Another Day’.

Daniel - who is married to Rachel Weisz, has seen his salary in the role take a huge jump, having earned £1.9million for his 2006 debut Casino Royale and £4.4million for 2008’s Quantum of Solace.

Latest Stories

Kim Kalkowski, owner of Cakes 'n' Treats in Camden Town, says she has been unfairly targeted by anti-fascist groups

The owner of a vegan cake shop fears for her business after anti-fascist activists launched a “mistaken” campaign to stop people visiting her store.

Read more
Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena (front) leaves Westminster Magistrates Court earlier this year.

A Whittington doctor facing the UK’s first prosecution linked to alleged female genital mutilation has denied any wrongdoing.

Read more
14:39
The vehicle on fire in Prince of Wales Road.

A bus carrying pensioners was left stranded and full of smoke after a camper van in Kentish Town caught fire.

Read more

Top Stories

Promotions

Renault-Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the Zoe was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

London24 have partnered up with The Week magazine to offer you a complimentary issue – delivered free to your door.

Quizzes

But which London?! [Photo courtesy of Basher Eyre]

Yoou might know London like the back of your hand, but how well do you know the other Londons - and London landmarks - across the world?

Read more
The prize is glory (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

It used to be Manhattan that was famous for its majestic skyline, but now our fair city is catching up. Do you know your Shard from your Heron Tower?

Read more
Test your London musical knowledge with our album quiz (Images via Getty)

Does your music knowledge stretch from The Rolling Stones to Rudimental, Spandau Ballet to Siouxsie and the Banshees? If so then test it out with our London bands quiz:

Read more