‘I’ll get rid of it before I die’: Daniel Craig reveals his children won’t inherit his vast fortune because he believes it’s ‘distasteful’ to pass on his millions
Daniel Craig has revealed his children won’t inherit his vast fortune because he plans to ‘get rid of it’ before he dies.
The James Bond star, 53, who has a net worth of around £116 million ($160 million), said he believes inheriting money is ‘distasteful’ and he is hoping to ‘give away’ most of his millions.
Daniel, who has a daughter with his current wife Rachel Weisz and another with his ex Fiona Lourdon, also reflected on his departure from the role of 007 in the upcoming No Time To Die.
‘I think it’s distasteful’: Daniel Craig has revealed his children won’t inherit his vast fortune because he plans to ‘get rid of it’ before he dies
Speaking to Candis Magazine, Daniel said: ‘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 11billion dollars, which shows how rich he was because I’ll bet he kept some of it, too.
‘But 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.’
Holding it back: The James Bond star, 53, who has two daughters including one with wife Rachel Weisz (pictured in 2020), said he believes inheriting money is ‘distasteful’
Daniel welcomed his first child with wife Rachel in September 2018, and also has daughter Ella, 29, from his first marriage to Fiona.
The Knives Out star is set to bid farewell to his iconic role as James Bond when No Time To Die is finally released next month after being delayed multiple times due to the Covid pandemic.
There had been much speculation about whether the star was finished as 007 after 2015’s Spectre but he told Total Film last month that there was one story thread from his first Bond film, 2006’s Casino Royale, that coaxed him to return for one last time as the iconic secret agent.
‘I thought I probably was physically not capable of doing another. For me, it was very cut and dried that I wasn’t coming back,’ Daniel said plainly.
Views: He said: ‘But 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’
Producer Barbara Broccoli added that Craig was, ‘so exhausted after that film,’ adding they knew the actor needed a break.
Nearly two years passed before Barbara and her half-brother Michael Wilson, who run Eon Productions together, approached Daniel about doing one more Bond movie, when Daniel recalled a story thread from Casino Royale that he wanted to complete.
‘We started talking about it and I went, “There might be a story we need to finish here – something we started in Casino (Royale),”‘ Daniel said.
‘”Something to do with Vesper, and Spectre, and something that was connected, in a way.” It started to formulate. And I thought, “Here we go,”‘ he added.
No Time to Die is set to be released on September 30.
Exit: Daniel is set to depart from his role as James Bond in the long-awaited No Time To Die, which is set for release next month