Thu, 23 May 2019

Washington D.C. [USA], May 14 (ANI): The new 'James Bond' film has hit another roadblock after shooting was reportedly suspended following an injury to the lead star Daniel Craig.

As cited by Variety, the 51-year-old actor fell while sprinting on the sets of the film in Jamaica last week and has been flown to the U.S. for X-rays that has led to the suspension of the shoot.

The publication cited an unnamed source as saying that Craig was filming one of his final scenes in Jamaica.

"He was sprinting during filming when he slipped and fell quite awkwardly. He was in quite a lot of pain and was complaining about his ankle," the source said.

While it is currently unknown for how long the production might be delayed, the newspaper reported that the filming at London's iconic Pinewood Studios, which had been scheduled to begin at the end of the week, has been cancelled.

This is not the first time that Craig, who performs his own stunts, has sustained an injury on the sets of a Bond film. The actor had two teeth knocked out during his first stunt scene for his Bond debut in 'Casino Royale', sustained a number of injuries, including slicing off the tip of a finger and tearing a shoulder muscle in his next 'Quantum of Solace' and injuring his knee during a fight scene for his most recent outing 'Spectre'.

The upcoming 'Bond' film has had a tumultuous journey. The film earlier hit a hurdle following a troubled script process that saw original director Danny Boyle exit the project over creative differences with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, resulting in a delay to the production and a subsequent delay to the planned release date, originally slated for October 2019.

The full star cast of the new film was revealed in April as the production officially began, with Oscar-winner Rami Malek confirmed to play the film's villain. Other new additions include Ana De Armas, Lashana Lynch, David Dencik, Billy Magnussen, and Dali Benssalah. Returning cast members include Lea Seydoux, Jeffrey Wright, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Naomi Harris, and Ralph Fiennes.

The film will be shot in locations including London, Italy, and Norway. Boyle was replaced by Cary Joji Fukunaga, who is directing the film with a script by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

The film revolves around Bond, whose "peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter [Wright] from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

The official title of the film is yet to be revealed. The movie is scheduled to hit the big screens on April 8, 2020. (ANI)

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