in , , ,

Daniel Craig’s Biggest Payday of More Than $100 Million Did Not Come From James Bond Franchise

Daniel Craig's role as James Bond's which made him a global star was not his highest-paying gig.

Daniel Craig's Biggest Payday of More Than $100 Million Did Not Come From James Bond Franchise


  • Daniel Craig has made more money from Knives Out than James Bond.
  • Craig's salary for the first Knives Out movie remains unknown, but the Netflix deal made it his highest-paying gig.
  • Despite not being his highest-paid role, Daniel Craig is the highest-paid James Bond actor.

Daniel Craig retired from his role as James Bond after starring in five films over the course of 15 years. However, it may surprise fans to learn that the James Bond franchise was not the Lara Croft actor’s biggest payday. Craig made more money from a $100 million deal with Netflix for the Knives Out sequel movies. The deal also reportedly made him the highest-paid actor of 2021.

Daniel Craig as James Bond
Daniel Craig as James Bond

Interestingly, Netflix signed a record deal of $469 for the Knives Out sequels with Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman, with the only condition being Daniel Craig’s return as Benoit Blanc. Johnson, Bergman, and Craig reportedly took home $100 million each from the deal.

Also Read: “It was a fulfilled dream”: Daniel Craig’s Iconic Spectre Intro Hailed By Fans After Film Transformed a Holiday Into Global Sensation

Daniel Craig Made More Money From Knives Out Than James Bond

Daniel Craig in Knives Out sequel, Glass Onion
Daniel Craig in Knives Out sequel, Glass Onion

Knives Out became a sensation upon its release, reviving the audience’s interest in the whodunnit genre. The film grossed $311.9 million at the box office, prompting Lionsgate to consider a sequel. However, director Rian Johnson opted for a more lucrative deal with Netflix. The streaming giant’s only condition was to bring back Daniel Craig, and consequently, they paid him $50 million each for two Knives Out sequel movies. (via The Hollywood Reporter).

Fandomwire Video

While the exact salary Craig received for the first Knives Out movie remains undisclosed, the Netflix deal alone made the franchise his highest-paying gig. Despite being widely recognized for his role as James Bond, the Logan Lucky actor earned only $82.4 million from five films in the Bond franchise. While James Bond is not his highest-paid role, Daniel Craig is the highest-paid James Bond actor, according to the Guinness World Records.

Interestingly, Knives Out also surpassed James Bond in terms of critical acclaim on Rotten Tomatoes. Knives Out 2019 has a 97% Fresh rating while the first Bond film, Casino Royale has a 94% rating. As speculation swirls about the next actor to assume the Bond role, it remains to be seen whether they can secure a more lucrative deal for the franchise than the Fateless actor.

Also Read: Daniel Craig’s James Bond Film Forever Changed a National Holiday Into a Global Phenomenon With Just One Scene in the Backdrop of 2015’s Spectre


Daniel Craig’s Net Worth — How Much Did He Get Paid For The James Bond Films?

Daniel Craig in No Time to Die
Daniel Craig in No Time to Die

Celebrity Net Worth reports Daniel Craig’s net worth as $160 million, although it’s important to note that the Netflix deal’s value likely wasn’t factored into this figure. Before Knives Out, the Layer Cake actor accumulated most of his wealth from his involvement in the James Bond movies. His base salary for these movies went from a modest $3.2 million to a substantial $25 million.

For his debut Bond film Casino Royale, Craig received a $3.2 million salary. The movie went on to amass $616.5 million at the box office. This also raised his salary for the second movie, Quantum of Solace, which paid him $7.2 million. However, the second movie fell short of the box office performance of the first, grossing only $589.6 million.

Skyfall, the highest-grossing film in the James Bond franchise, collected $1.1 billion at the global box office. For this film, Craig’s base salary was $17 million, and he also earned an additional $3 million in bonuses, bringing his total earnings to $20 million. Craig’s base salary for both Spectre and No Time to Die remained at $25 million, but he also garnered bonuses in the range of $2 million for Spectre’s box office gross of $880 million.

Also Read: “Slightly crazy… incredibly brave”: James Bond Screenwriter Had Parkour Pioneer Introduce Daniel Craig’s 007 By Breaking a Record

Daniel Craig’s Knives Out sequel, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, made its debut on Netflix in 2022. All his James Bond films are now available for streaming on MGM+.

Was this Article helpful?

Thanks for your feedback!

Written by Hashim

Hashim writes about movies and celebrities at FandomWire. A Masters degree holder in Sociology, crime investigation thrillers really get him going. He's devoured 15 seasons of Criminal Minds and another 12 seasons of Bones. And the list of shows goes on. Oh, and don't even get him started on the MCU movies and Friends.