Appearing in a number of “James Bond” movies over the years, Daniel Craig has amassed quite a fortune. However, in a recent interview with Candis magazine, he revealed he will not be leaving it to his children.
Craig’s whopping $160 million will either be given away or spent, according to him.
“I don’t want to leave great sums to the next generation. I think inheritance is quite distasteful. My philosophy is get rid of it or give it away before you go.”
Craig elaborates further on his statement by mentioning an old adage, suggesting he intends to do the same.
“Isn’t there an old adage that if you die a rich person, you’ve failed? I think Andrew Carnegie [an American industrialist] gave away what in today’s money would be about 11 billion dollars, which shows how rich he was because I’ll bet he kept some of it, too.”
Craig is far from the only actor expressing a desire to not leave large sums of money to his offspring. Ashton Kutcher issued a similar statement on Dax Shepards’ “Armchair Expert” podcast in 2018.
“My kids are not getting like big…I’m not setting up a trust for them, we’ll end up giving our money away to charity and to various things.”
Kutcher continues by saying he’d invest in his children if they have a good business plan, however. “If my kids want to start a business and they have a good business plan, I’ll invest in it but they’re not getting trusts. So hopefully they’ll be motivated to have what they had or some version of what they had.”
Curiously, Craig didn’t mention if he would bankroll his children if they ever wanted to start their own business or needed the money.
Daniel Craig Pays Tribute to Another James Bond
Many men before Daniel Craig donned the mantle of James Bond. Despite practically becoming synonymous with the character, appearing as Bond five separate times, he still gives credit where credit is due.
When news of Sean Connery’s death broke out last year, Craig wrote a heartfelt message on Instagram.
“It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema. Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more.”
“He defined an era and a style. The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in mega watts; he helped create the modern blockbuster. He will continue to influence actors and film-makers alike for years to come. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones. Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course.”
“No Time To Die” will serve as Craig’s last appearance as the titular character, debuting October 8, 2021, in the United States.