Daniel Craig to undergo surgery after being injured on ‘Bond 25’ sets


WASHINGTON: Actor Daniel Craig will undergo ankle surgery after sustaining an injury while filming the upcoming James Bond film.

The ‘James Bond’ franchise’s official Twitter handle announced the news. The tweet stated that the production will continue while Craig is rehabilitating for two weeks post-surgery.

According to the Sun, as cited by Variety, the actor fell earlier this month while sprinting on the sets of the film in Jamaica and was flown to the U.S. for X-rays. The publication cited an unnamed source as saying that Craig was filming one of his final scenes in Jamaica. “He was sprinting during filming when he slipped and fell quite awkwardly. He was in quite a lot of pain and was complaining about his ankle,” the source said. 

The news of the injury first surfaced earlier this month, when production in Jamaica was suspended after the 51-year-old actor was hurt while filming an action sequence. This is not the first time that Craig, who performs his own stunts, has sustained an injury on the sets of a Bond film. The actor had two teeth knocked out during his first stunt scene for his Bond debut in ‘Casino Royale’, sustained a number of injuries, including slicing off the tip of a finger and tearing a shoulder muscle in his next ‘Quantum of Solace’ and injuring his knee during a fight scene for his most recent outing ‘Spectre’.

The upcoming ‘Bond’ film has had a tumultuous journey. The film earlier hit a roadblock following a troubled script process that saw original director Danny Boyle exit the project over creative differences with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, resulting in a delay to the production and a subsequent delay to the planned release date, originally slated for October 2019.

The full star cast of the new film was revealed in April as the production officially began, with Oscar-winner Rami Malek confirmed to play the film’s villain. Other new additions include Ana De Armas, Lashana Lynch, David Dencik, Billy Magnussen, and Dali Benssalah. Returning cast members include Lea Seydoux, Jeffrey Wright, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Naomi Harris, and Ralph Fiennes.

The film will be shot in various locations including London, Italy, and Norway. Boyle was replaced by Cary Joji Fukunaga, who is directing the film with a script by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

The film revolves around Bond, whose peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter [Wright] 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 official title of the film is yet to be revealed. The movie is scheduled to hit the big screens on April 8, 2020. (ANI)