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

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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.

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