Bond 25 Explosion Causes Crew Injury

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Spectre

After dealing with numerous obstacles and delays, Bond 25 is finally on the calendar, and cameras began rolling on Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond at the end of April. However, the production has been a little bumpy so far. First Craig injured his ankle, requiring him to get a minor ankle surgery.

Now it’s been announced that that a Bond 25 crew member suffered an injury during a controlled explosion. Here’s the official statement on the matter:

Thankfully it doesn’t sound like this injury the crew member is anything life-threatening, and those who were on the set came out unscathed. The Sun reports that the crew was testing out a stunt involving a fireball in a laboratory when the accident occurred, which resulted part of the roof and numerous wall panels in the complex were taken out. The crew member was crushed by part of the set as he stood on a ramp outside. A source that spoke to the outlet described the event as “utter chaos.”

Making a movie is no easy feat, and inevitably complications will arise. Still, the fact that two people have been injured during the course of filming Bond 25 is concerning. Fingers crossed there isn’t a third instance on the horizon. The last thing this movie needs is to be labeled as “cursed.”

Judging from the available information, it doesn’t sound like this latest Bond 25 fiasco will result in filming being delayed. In the case of Daniel Craig’s ankle injury, production was temporarily halted, but it was later announced that as Craig rehabilitated for two weeks post-surgery, production would continue. That information was revealed on May 22, so Craig is either back on the Bond 25 set or will be back relatively soon.

It’s ben a long road to getting Bond 25 off the ground, from numerous script rewrites (Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge has worked on the latest drafts), a new distribution deal and the uncertainty about whether or not Daniel Craig would play James Bond for a fifth time. Bond 25 was also originally supposed to be directed by Danny Boyle, but he departed due to creative differences and Cary Funkanaga was tapped to replace him.

No specific Bond 25 plot details have been revealed yet, but the movie will feature quite a few familiar faces. Joining Daniel Craig’s 007 again are Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Léa Seydoux as Dr. Madeleine Swann and Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter. The newcomers include Ana de Armas as Palmoa, Lashana Lynch as Nomi, David Dencik as Waldo and Rami Malek as the unidentified main villain, as well as Billy Magnussen and Dali Benssalah in undisclosed roles.

Bond 25 is still scheduled for release on April 8, 2020, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates on how it’s coming along. If you’re curious about what movies are coming out later this year, you can find that information in our 2019 release schedule.

Adam Holmes
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