Bond 25 Faces More Problems

Tommy Zimmer
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After the controversy over the script rewrites, more bad news has struck the set of Bond 25. Daniel Craig, the film’s star, has injured his ankle while filming an action scene in the sequel to Spectre. He slipped while running in his suit and was flown to the USA for X-rays. Similar to Tom Cruise doing all of his own stunts, Craig insists that he do as many of the stunts as he can. However, that did not stop Craig from being very angry when this happened.

“Daniel was suited and booted for one of the last scenes in Jamaica,” The UK Sun said. “He was sprinting during filming when he slipped and fell quite awkwardly. He was in quite a lot of pain and complaining about his ankle. As you’d expect he was also pretty angry that it had happened. He threw his suit jacket on the ground in sheer frustration.”

Apparently, Craig had the same surgeon as the Tottenham and England Striker Harry Kane. The hope is things will not be delayed too long. Filming at Pinewood Studios in London, which was scheduled for the upcoming weekend, has been delayed. Perhaps, Craig could get a Bluetooth speaker alarm clock for his time in surgery.

Craig is no stranger to injuries on the set of the James Bond movies. During the filming of Casino Royale, he experienced a blow to his face during his first stunt as Bond. Two of his teeth were knocked out and his dentist had to fly out from London to fix caps into the mouth of Craig. He also tore a shoulder muscle during the filming of Quantum of Solace, as well as slicing off the tip of his fourth finger and injuring his ribs. He sustained a knee injury, too, during the filming of Spectre, which delayed the film production for two weeks during his surgery he underwent.

Craig has been quite public about his injuries. “I’ve had my shoulder reconstructed, my right and left knees operated on and my thumb hurts!” Craig said. Maybe, he needs a Bluetooth speaker alarm clock after all. With filming wrapping up in Jamaica this past week, the film has not had the easiest of times getting into production. It all started with the departure of the story created by and participation of Danny Boyle, the original director, and John Hodge, the previous screenwriter.

Their original story focused supposedly on a cold and calculating Russian villain as well as a survivor-type Bond girl with a great deal of it. Set against a modern-day Cold War atmosphere, the story allegedly killed off James Bond, which had the producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, and Craig not very happy. With Boyle and Hodge’s departure, the focus turned back to an original screenplay that had been created by Bond writing veterans Neil Purvis and Robert Wade. Their script got reworked by Scott Z. Burns and later Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Now, apparently, Craig and Cary Joji Fukunaga, the film’s director, are working on the screenplay too.

There are many signs of concern going into this film. Allegedly, Ana de Armas, one of the newest additions to the Bond family, have no idea what her role is in the film. It’ll be interesting to see exactly where things go from here. The hope is that the film gets its act together. While accidents such as Craig’s are unavoidable often, especially when the actor wants to do their own stunts, it is concerning with the creative confusions that have plagued this film from the beginning with Boyle and Hodge’s respective departures.

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