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James Bond star Daniel Craig will not leave his $145m fortune to his children: 'Inheritance is distasteful’

The actor, who has starred as 007 in five films, earned a reported $25 million for his final outing as the superspy in 'No Time to Die'. But prefers to "get rid of it or give it away"
UPDATED MAR 21, 2020
Daniel Craig (L) and Rachel Weisz (Getty Images)
Daniel Craig (L) and Rachel Weisz (Getty Images)

James Bond actor, Daniel Craig, has made it clear in a recent interview that he has no plans on passing down his wealth to his daughters. According to him, it is best "to get rid of it or give it away before you go". He is a father to daughter Ella, 28, who he shares with ex-wife Fiona Loudon in addition to his two-year-old child with current wife Rachel Weisz.

He has also been a big giver in the past, involved in many charities and causes, ranging from AIDS prevention, wildlife, epilepsy action, rainforests and orphans. In 2015, the United Stations also made Craig the first global advocate for the elimination of mines and explosive hazards.

The actor, who has starred as 007 in five films, earned a reported $25 million for his final outing as the superspy in 'No Time to Die'. However, he told Saga magazine: "I don't want to leave great sums to the next generation", adding that "inheritance is quite distasteful".

However, it is best to take the actor's words with a pinch of salt. He had also famously said that he would "rather slash my wrists" than consider playing Bond again after the release of 'Spectre'.  

He and Weisz were worth around £125 million ($145 million) in 2018 when they made their debut in the 'Sunday Times Rich List' as a joint entry. In October 2008, Craig paid £4 million ($4.7 million) for an apartment in a converted old house in the Primrose Hill area of London. He also has homes in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City and Sunninghill, Berkshire. 

His wife Rachel Weisz, worth around $40 million solo, has also starred in several high profile big-budget films, most popularly 'The Mummy' franchise. She is also slated to play Melina Vostokoff aka Black Widow in the next Marvel movie, who is a seasoned spy, and also a mentor to the next generation of Black Widows trained through the "Red Room Program". 

Craig would probably also enjoy a starring role in a Marvel movie because he revealed in the same interview - "I dreamed of being all sorts of other things – Superman, Spider-Man, the Invisible Man, even a good old-fashioned cowboy" - rather than fantasizing about becoming the world's most famous fictional spy.