Crew Member Injured During Blast Filming for New Bond Movie

By Reuters

LONDON—A crew member working on the new James Bond movie was injured during the filming of a controlled explosion at Pinewood Studios outside London, producers have said.

A statement issued on Tuesday, June 4, said the exterior of a stage had also been damaged in the blast.

“During the filming of a controlled explosion on the set of Bond 25 today at Pinewood Studios, the damage was caused to the exterior of the 007 Stage,” the statement said, referring to the yet unnamed movie’s working title.

“There were no injuries on set, however, one crew member outside the stage has sustained a minor injury.”

Last month producers said actor Daniel Craig, who plays the famous British fictional secret agent, had sustained a minor ankle injury during filming in Jamaica and would undergo surgery.

They added production would continue during Craig’s post-surgery rehabilitation and that the latest installment in the spy franchise remained on schedule for a cinema release in April 2020.

“Bond 25” will be the fifth time Craig portrays the suave 007 agent. Oscar winner Rami Malek will play the international villain in the movie, directed by American Cary Joji Fukunaga.

“Bond 25” Launches in Jamaica

Craig, Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, and director Fukunaga launched the film from the Caribbean island nation where Ian Fleming wrote all of his Bond novels. The movie will be partly set in Jamaica, which was also a setting in “Dr. No” and “Live and Let Die.”

Malek, fresh off his Oscar win for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” is joining the cast as the villain. In a videotaped message, Malek said he’ll make sure Bond “will not have an easy ride of it” in Bond 25.

Actor Daniel Craig and Rami Malek
Actor Daniel Craig (L) attends the “Bond 25” Film Launch at Ian Fleming’s Home “GoldenEye”, in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on April 25, 2019. (Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures); Rami Malek attends the TIME 100 Gala Red Carpet at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, on April 23, 2019. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME)

Craig has said this will be his final turn in the tuxedo. When the 51-year-old actor first confirmed his return for Bond 25, he said: “I just want to go out on a high note.” But Broccoli and Wilson, in an interview by phone from Jamaica, said they aren’t ready to contemplate a new 007 yet.

“We’re very happy with the Bond we have in Daniel Craig. He’s just been phenomenal in the role,” said Broccoli. “I really just don’t want to even think about if and when we have to replace him. We’re excited to have him back and thrilled he decided to come back. We’re just going to set about trying to make the best Bond film ever and not think about the future.”

Cary Joji Fukunaga and Daniel Craig
Director Cary Joji Fukunaga (L) and actor Daniel Craig pose for photographers during the photo call of the latest installment of the James Bond film franchise, currently known as ‘Bond 25’, in Oracabessa, Jamaica, on April 25, 2019. (Leo Hudson/AP Photo)

The movie finds Bond out of active service and enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. That changes when his CIA friend Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) turns up asking for help. Their mission is to rescue a kidnapped scientist.

Aside from Jamaica, filming locations include Italy, Norway, and London, with studio production based at Pinewood Studios outside London. Returning cast members include Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, and Naomie Harris.

Bond films have usually been announced in Britain but this time, the cast and filmmakers flocked to Fleming’s Goldeneye villa in Jamaica for a livestreamed announcement.

Actress Lea Seydoux, from left, director Cary Joji Fukunaga, actors Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris and Lashana Lynch pose for photographers during the photo call of the latest installment of the James Bond film franchise, currently known as ‘Bond 25’, in Oracabessa, Jamaica, on April 25, 2019. (Leo Hudson/AP Photo)

Delays and disagreement have made for an especially long break between Bond films. The last one, “Spectre,” came out in 2015, when it made more than $880 million worldwide in ticket sales. Part of that was caused by a directing change. Danny Boyle was initially set to helm the film, but he departed last year over creative differences.

Broccoli and Wilson declined to address rumors that the split was over Boyle’s reported plans to kill Bond at the end of the film.

“It was sort of a mutual agreement that the collaboration just wasn’t working out,” said Broccoli. “So we parted very amicably and we’re looking very much forward to his next film (‘Yesterday’) which is coming out soon.”

The script is written by Bond veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, along with regular Steven Soderbergh collaborator Scott Z. Burns (“The Bourne Ultimatum”) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the British actress-writer of the series “Killing Eve” and “Fleabag.” Waller-Bridge, whom producers said was brought aboard by Craig, is just the second woman to ever write a Bond film. More than 50 years ago, Johanna Harwood co-wrote “Dr. No” and received a story credit for “From Russia With Love.”