James Bond actor Daniel Craig sustained an ankle injury while filming Bond 25 in Jamaica, the film’s producers have confirmed. Related to the injury, Craig is undergoing “minor ankle surgery.”
While Craig will be out of commission while he recovers over a period of two weeks after the surgery, Bond 25 is not going to be delayed. The film “remains on track” for its previously scheduled release date in April 2020. However, the producers did not say when the injury was sustained or when the surgery will take place. They also did not share what specific kind of injury Craig had.
BOND 25 update: Daniel Craig will be undergoing minor ankle surgery resulting from an injury sustained during filming in Jamaica. Production will continue whilst Craig is rehabilitating for two weeks post-surgery. The film remains on track for the same release date in April 2020. pic.twitter.com/qJN0Sn4gEx
— James Bond (@007) May 22, 2019
Craig is known to do his own stunts, even if he gets injured sometimes. “He gets his hands very dirty,” Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace’s chief stunt coordinator Gary Powell told The Guardian in 2008. “Daniel puts the work in, even if it’s something he’s not keen on.”
Some of the other injuries Craig has sustained over the years while filming Bond movies include losing his two front teeth while filming a fight scene for Casino Royale and an injury filming Quantum of Solace where he lost the tip of one of his fingers. “I was bleeding a lot. I had to get it cauterized,” Craig recalled. “Filming stopped and everybody went, ‘Oh my God! He sliced the end of his finger off!’ They went looking for it, but couldn’t find it.”
Esquire has a roundup of the injuries that Craig has sustained over the years filming Bond movies.
Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Lea Seydoux will all reprise their roles in what is still only known as Bond 25. Jeffrey Wright and Ben Whishaw also return. This is the final 007 movie featuring Craig as the super-spy.
Actors new to the series for Bond 25 include Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody), Billy Magnussen (Game Night), Ana De Armas (Blade Runner 2049), David Dencik (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel), and Dali Benssalah. Malek will seemingly play the film’s villain, as he stated his excitement to be a part of the film before promising to make sure “Bond does not have an easy ride.”
Bond 25’s story begins with Bond no longer on active service but instead enjoying himself in Jamaica. “His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.”
The movie was initially going to be directed by Danny Boyle, but he left due to “creative differences.” True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga replaced Boyle before the film was delayed first from October 2019 to February 2020 and then again to April 3, 2020.