A “controlled explosion” on the set of “Bond 25” damaged the 007 stage at Pinewood Studios and caused a “minor injury” to a crew member off stage, according to a tweet posted Tuesday from the official James Bond account.
No injuries were reported on set. The production has been plagued with multiple setbacks, including an injury to star Daniel Craig.
In May, it was announced that Craig would undergo minor ankle surgery due to an injury sustained while filming in Jamaica. Production continued while Craig was rehabilitating, and the film’s Twitter account announced that the spy thriller was still on track for a release in April 2020.
Danny Boyle was originally attached to direct before leaving the project in August 2018 over creative differences. John Hodge, who wrote a screenplay based on Boyle’s ideas, departed as well.
The 25th James Bond film, still untitled, stars Craig for his fifth (and final) entry in the Bond franchise. Cary Joji Fukunaga is directing the film that stars Oscar winner Rami Malek as the film’s villain, as well as Dali Bensallah, Billy Magnussen, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch and David Dencik all joining the cast.
Other franchise veterans returning for this film include Ralph Fiennes as MI6 head M, Ben Whishaw as the organization’s quartermaster Q, Naomie Harris as Bond’s assistant Moneypenny, Lea Seydoux as his former flame Dr. Madeleine Swann, Rory Kinnear as MI6 chief of staff Bill Tanner and Jeffrey Wright as Bond’s CIA counterpart Felix Leiter.
Craig first took the role of James Bond in 2006 for “Casino Royale,” and he last appeared in “Spectre” in 2015.
In 2017, Craig revealed on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” that his fifth outing as James Bond would be his last. He is the seventh actor to play James Bond on screen, following Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan.
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. pic.twitter.com/8O9tOgwMYK
— James Bond (@007) June 4, 2019