Daniel Craig's recent on-set injury may have been more serious than we previously thought, though it's not expected to delay the release of James Bond 25 any further. We learned a little over a week ago that the 51-year-old face of the franchise took a bit of an awkward tumble while filming a scene on the latest installment in Jamaica. It resulted in an injury to his ankle and now, we have word that injury is going to require surgery.
Previously, we were mostly relying on injury updates from tabloids. The production had yet to provide any updates, nor actually confirm the injury, until now. The update was posted to the official James Bond Twitter account, revealing that Daniel Craig will be getting "minor" surgery on his ankle. Production will continue while Craig recovers which, according to the update, will spare any delays to the previously revealed release date. The update reads as follows.
"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."
So a bit of good news, bad news here. Obviously, it's good to know that Daniel Craig will come out of this alright. He's put his body through a lot as 007 over the years, having had his teeth knocked out, a serious a shoulder injury and a knee injury on Spectre. It's unfortunate he once again has to get surgery as a result, but it's clear he's committed as ever to the role. It's a little unclear if this will limit what stunts he can participate in after the recovery period, but they'll surely cross that bridge when they come to it.
It's also good for fans to know that director Cary Fukunaga will be able to continue on in Daniel Craig's absence. This movie will already be coming out four and a half years after Spectre, marking the longest gap in installments of the 007 franchise with the same actor in place. As such, any further delays with the release date would be a bit of a bummer. Ultimately, we would all like the movie to be as good as can be, especially since this is being billed as Craig's final go-around.
Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) is on board as the main villain of the movie. Ben Whishaw will return as Q, with Naomie Harris back as Moneypenny, Jeffrey Wright finally makes his return as Felix and Ralph Fiennes reprising his role as M. Lea Seydoux will reprise her role as Madeleine Swann from Spectre. Other new cast members include Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch and Billy Magnussen. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further updates are made available. Feel free to check out the original post from the James Bond Twitter account below.