Daniel Craig is a famous British actor for his star role in the English film series James Bond. Many have termed him their favorite James Bond actor after Sean Connery despite the moviegoers’ negative reactions when he was initially chosen to play the role. He gained international recognition and acceptance for his first James Bond Series Casino Royale.
Daniel Craig has a net worth of $170 million. His earning increased because of his work as James Bond and other high-grossing movies. In 2015, Craig landed on Forbes’ Highest-Paid Actors list with $27 million salary from Spectre. Reports say that he was paid $150 million for his fifth James Bond Series scheduled to be released October 2021, No Time To Die.
This article will walk you through Daniel Craig’s net worth, wives, early life, and career.
Daniel Craig was born on March 2, 1968, in Chester, Cheshire, England. He was born Daniel Wroughton Craig is known as Daniel Craig. His father, Timothy John Wroughton Craig, was a midshipman in the Merchant navy and steel erector before setting up two pubs in Frodsham and Tarporley, respectively. He died in 2020 at 77 with his wife and two sons – Daniel and Harry beside his bedside after battling liver cancer. His mother, Carol Olivia, was an artist and art teacher at a school. Craig has an elder sister named Lea, who was three years older than him.
In 1972, Craig’s parents got divorced as he was about to clock five. His mother remarried, and they moved to Liverpool, where he spent most of his childhood. They lived on Wirral Peninsula, where he attended his primary school. Daniel was introduced into the theatre after his father (Tim Craig) took him to a Cinema to watch his first James Bond Series, ‘Live and Let Me Die,’ with Roger Moore as the star actor. That movie went a long way in healing and prompting young Craig to develop an interest in acting. He attended Hilbre High School and Calday Grange Grammar School. As an athletic young man, he played Rugby union for his high school team. At the age of 14, he played roles in Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella while in Hilbre High School, and at 16, he worked as a waiter in a restaurant to finance his education. Not quite long, he started making his parents proud, and he played King Agamemnon in Troilus and Cressida. Craig was part of the National Youth Theatre tour around Europe covering Madrid, Valencia, and Moscow under the guidance of Edward Wilson. After two attempts, Craig gained entrance into Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1988, graduating three years later under the mentorship of Colin McCormack from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Twenty years after his parents separated, he debuted for a screen role playing Afrikaner in The Power of One.
From 1992 – 1993, he played minor roles in different screen roles in miniseries Covington Cross and Boon, Zorro, Heartbeat, Between the Lines, Drop the Dead Donkey, Sharpe’s Eagle, and Angels in America staged in 1993 where he played as homosexual Mormon. Angels in America gained wide reception, pushing Craig to feature in other films. From 1994 – 1999, Craig appeared on stage dramas, screen roles, television series, and TV shows. Among the movies is the BBC television film Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon in 1998. Craig played small-time thief George Dyer, who becomes the lover and muse of a painter Francis Bacon, portrayed by Derek Jacobi.
From early 2000, Craig saw success appearing alongside famous actors and actresses. In 2000, he co-starred in Hotel Splendide, I Dreamed of Africa based on the life of Kuki Gallman, before featuring in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2001 alongside Angelina Jolie as the lead role. This movie endeared him to international viewers. He was also featured in the Channel 4 drama Sword of Honour. In 2002, he appeared in the Oscar-winning Crime film Road to Perdition alongside Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, and Jude Law. While in 2003, he appeared in The Mother playing the role of a man who engages in an affair with the much older mother of his lover and best friend. In the same year, he also appeared in Layer Cake, receiving excellent reviews for his perfect interpretation of the role. The year 2005 saw him feature in The Jacket, Fateless, Munich, and Archangel before being approached to become the next James Bond.
Daniel Craig – The new James Bond
In 2005, Craig was contacted to become the new James bond making him the sixth James bond, played by Legendary actors such as Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Roger Moore, and others. This means that Craig is the first actor to portray James Bond, who was born after the bond series started. James Bond lead actors have always had some physical features peculiar to them. Therefore, the choice of Daniel Craig, whose features contrast with the previous lead actors, started protest across the internet and among James Bond fans who called for the boycotting of the film upon its release. Although Craig was skeptical about accepting the role with the support from other actors, including the previous James Bond lead actors, he embraced the role and brought a new flay to it. Daniel Craig is 5 feet 10 inches (1.78) tall, blond, and with icy eyes, making him a new version of James Bond. In this latest James Bond, the character became more brutal, participated in fights, and paid less attention to the weaker sex.
His first film, as James Bond, Casino Royale, premiered on November 14, 2006, and become the second highest grossing Bond film after the release of sky fall, still played by him. Casino Royale received critical acclaim and debunked all the nay-sayers’ criticism about his appointment.
From here, Craig gained international acceptance. He featured in many films like The Golden Compass, The Invasion, Defiance, A Steady Rain, The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo, Dream House, Cowboys and Aliens, and The Adventures of Tintin. He repeated his role as Bond in 2008, James Bond film Quantum of solace, though the film did not gain the critical acclaim Casino Royale got.
In 2012, he released his third James Bond film, Skyfall, which became the highest-grossing James Bond series in history, making over $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office. During this period, he featured in Flappy and Glorious and Betrayal alongside his wife Weisz before his fourth James Bond film, Spectre, was released in 2015. However, his fourth James Bond film Spectre was released in 2015. It did not gain much critical acclaim, probably because of inflation; his fifth James Bond film, No Time To Die, is scheduled to be released in October 2021. Though initially targeted to be released in November 2019, the Covid-19 pandemic further pushed the release to 2021. Since his last James Bond film, he has featured in Othello playing Iago, kings, knives out (2019). Craig has announced that No time to Die is his film in the series.
Daniel Craig’s his wife
Daniel Craig is married to Racheal Weisz, and they received the first child together in September 2018. Before then, he was married to a Scottish actress. Fiona Loudon in a marriage that lasted for two years. They divorced in 1994 and kept relations because of their daughter Ella. In 1996, he began a relationship with Heike Mahatsch (German actress), and they were together for about seven years before separating in 2004. He dated Satsuki Mitchell before a private marriage to Racheal Weisz in 2011 after dating her for one year. Craig lives with Racheal, his daughter Ella and Racheal’s son from the previous marriage Henry. In the same year, Craig bought a house in Brooklyn. New York reported to be around 6 million dollars. Craig is a die-hard fan of Liverpool F.C and a lover of rugby.
Daniel Craig’s Net worth
Daniel Craig has a net worth of $170 million. His earning increased because of his work as James Bond and other high-grossing movies. In 2015, Craig landed on Forbes’ Highest-Paid Actors list with $27 million salary from Spectre. Reports say that he was paid $150 million for his fifth James Bond Series scheduled to be released October 2021, No Time To Die. He was also one of Hollywood’s highest-grossing actors in 2012 and 2015, respectively. He is the third longest-serving Bond after Roger Moore and Sean Connery as the actors played Bond seven and six times, respectively.
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