Daniel Craig emerges with his foot in a cast
Daniel Craig emerges with his foot in a cast as he is seen for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery after injuring himself while running during calamitous James Bond shoot
The full extent of Daniel Craig’s 007 related injury was evident as he emerged with a plastic walking cast covering his left foot on Sunday afternoon.
The British actor appeared to walk with some discomfort as he made his way across New York’s JFK airport with the aid of two crutches after having ankle surgery on an injury sustained while filming his fifth and final film as James Bond.
It was 51-year old Craig’s first appearance in a walking cast since having the operation after he slipped during a high-energy scene on location in Jamaica.
Maimed: The full extent of Daniel Craig’s 007 related injury was evident as he emerged with a plastic walking cast covering his left foot on Sunday afternoon
A devoted Liverpool fan, the actor wore a cap emblazoned with the Premier League club’s insignia while preparing for a flight out of the American city.
With the European champions’ adopted anthem being Gerry & The Pacemakers hit You’ll Never Walk Alone, their was an unfortunate irony attached to his latest public appearance.
However the star, who was without wife Rachel Weisz and their infant daughter, looked relaxed and happy as he made his way across the airport in a loose fitting shirt, jeans and trainers – a far cry from the fitted black tuxedo favoured by Bond.
Make way: The British actor appeared to walk with some discomfort as he made his way across New York’s JFK airport with the aid of two crutches
You’ll never walk alone: A devoted Liverpool fan, the actor wore a cap emblazoned with the Merseyside club’s insignia while preparing for a flight out of the American city
Principal photography on the 25th addition to the iconic Bond franchise has been beset with problems ever since cameras started rolling on location in Norway and Jamaica.
The long awaited film, which will be released in 2020, had already suffered a series of setbacks long before filming commenced, with director Danny Boyle initially signing up before leaving the project over disagreements regarding the ‘radical’ direction of his script.
Craig is said to have tweaked his ankle ligaments after falling during filming for a high-octane scene for his fifth outing as the Secret Service Agent.
The curse of Bond 25: String of bad luck that has hit filming
The recent Pinewood Studios blast is the latest mishap in a string of bad luck for the 25th film chronicling 007’s adventures.
The first blow came when director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) quit in August last year.
He argued with Daniel Craig over creative differences over casting for the lead villain.
Since then writing trouble has abounded as the screenplay is constantly re-written by director Cary Joji Fukunaga, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Craig himself.
In April, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson said at the film’s launch that the blockbuster still doesn’t have title.
And with less than a year until the release date, its leading man required surgery last month on his ankle after the star slipped while running.
The 51-year-old was filming on location in Jamaica at the time.
Time away: Craig, 51, was taking some time away from a chaotic shooting schedule that has been mired by accidents, acrimony and, more recently, an explosion at Pinewood Studios
Upbeat: The star, who was without wife Rachel Weisz and their infant daughter, looked relaxed as he made his way across the airport in a loose fitting shirt, jeans and trainers
Coming soon: Craig will play Bond for the final time in what will be the 25th addition to the iconic franchise
He has reportedly received treatment from the same surgeon who treated Tottenham Hotspur and England star Harry Kane in New York City, but is thought to be ‘furious’ that he injured himself after months of gruelling preparation for the role.
Craig’s operation will be followed by two weeks of rehabilitation, causing further delays to filming the movie, which is set for a 3 April cinematic release.
The official Twitter account for Bond 25 released a statement concerning Craig’s injuries, posting: ‘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’.
Problematic: The actor’s operation will be followed by two weeks of rehabilitation, causing further delays to filming the movie, which is set for a 3 April cinematic release
Let’s go: Craig let the crutches carry his weight as he made his way into the airport
Painful: He reportedly injured himself while shooting scenes on location in Jamaica
Filming for the movie began several weeks ago, four years after the previous Bond film, Spectre, was released.
Yet it has been claimed the screenplay for the film is being endlessly re-written by a committee consisting of new director Cary Joji Fukunaga, writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge – best known for her work on Fleabag and Killing Eve – and Craig himself.
‘She’s writing a re-write of a re-write,’ a source told the Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye of Waller-Bridge’s recent involvement in the project. ‘Daniel’s writing. Cary’s writing. The crew reckon they’re working on a well-polished s**t show.
‘They have an outline of plot, but dialogue is all last-minute. It’s not the way to make a movie. I would imagine they’ll sort it out in the cutting room. That’s where most movies get made anyway. But you’d think the Bond lot would be more together.’
Damage done: The production was put into ‘total lockdown’ and a crew member was injured after the incident at Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire
Pictured: The explosion took part of the roof off and five wall panels of the huge complex and it was said to be ‘utter chaos’ in the moments after the blast
Elsewhere the production was put into ‘total lockdown’ and a crew member was injured after the incident at Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire.
The explosion took part of the roof off and five wall panels of the huge complex and it was said to be ‘utter chaos’ in the moments after the blast.
It is unclear if filming for the as yet untitled movie is being suspended after the incident, and if so, for how long.
The official Twitter account for the 007 franchise confirmed the blasts, with a post that said: ‘During the filming of a controlled explosion on the set of Bond 25 today at Pinewood Studios, damage was caused to the exterior of the 007 Stage.
‘There were no injuries on set, however one crew member outside the stage has sustained a minor injury.’
Update: The official Twitter account for the film franchise took to social media to confirm reports of an explosion in a statement
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