14. How rich is Sean Connery?
Once a milkman, Sean Connery is estimated to have $300 million of net worth today. Back in the day, during his active days as an actor, he could make at least $50 million a year from movies only. And since the 1965 Thunderball, Sean did not just get salary as James Bond, but also some royalty and cuts from the profit the movies made.
The first ever James Bond movie he starred, 1962 Dr. No, he was paid $100,000. That is around $800,000 today. From there, his James Bond salary went nowhere but up.
The following year, it was tripled to $300,000 for From Russia with Love. For Goldfinger, he got $500,000. And for Thunderball, he got $800,000.
Then for the 1967 You Only Live Twice, his salary stayed at $800,000 but he got additional 25% from the whole net merchandise royalty. And for the last James Bond movie, the 1983 Never Say Never Again, he got $3 million plus undisclosed percentage of profits. So he went from just $800,000 per movie to a staggering $7.5 million paycheck excluding profit. Pretty cool deal, huh?