Daniel Craig’s recent ankle injury means producers can’t find time for him to film his hotly-anticipated showdown with baddie Rami Malik on the ‘cursed’ Bond 25′.
Earlier this month, James Bond actor Daniel, 51, underwent an operation as a result of tweaking his ankle ligaments after falling during filming for a high-octane scene in Jamaica back in May.
And as the screen star prepares to return to work in the coming weeks, Bohemian Rhapsody’s Rami, 38, who will play the movie’s villain, will be occupied with other filming commitments.
Detailing the actor’s filming clashes, a source said: ‘Filming was meant to finish in September but now it’s been pushed back to late October, early November.’
‘But they still need to find a time for Daniel and Rami to film together – 007 must come face-to-face with the villain. It’s a complete logitical nightmare’, an insider told The Sun.
Award-winning star Rami plays the villain in the long awaited film, which is scheduled for release on April 3, 2020.
The latest film sees Bond living a tranquil live in Jamaica after leaving active service before Felix turns up asking for help in a mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist.
His fierce mission turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
Also joining the cast are Dali Benssalah, Lashana Lynch, Ana De Armas as Paloma, David Dencik and Billy Magnussen.
The scheduling difficulties of the film’s main actors comes after three explosions went off at Pinewood studios after a stunt went wrong during filming.
Health and Safety officials arrived on the set of the beleaguered movie after an explosion ripped a hole in a sound stage and injured a member of the crew.
The inspection by government officials is the latest in a strong of misfortunes for the as-yet-untitled 25th installment of the franchise, due for release next April.
Three explosions left a crew member injured in a stunt-gone-wrong earlier this week.
The production was put into ‘total lockdown’ after the incident at Pinewood Studios in London earlier this month.
The official Twitter account for the 007 franchise confirmed: ‘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.’
A spokesman for the HSE, whose mission is ‘to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health’, said: ‘HSE is aware of the incident and making initial enquiries.’
The incident is the latest in a slew of hiccups to plague the currently untitled Bond movie – with director Danny Boyle quitting, the writing team being constantly added to and Daniel’s injury.
Original director Boyle left by mutual consent, after proposing to kill off 007.
Pictures of the set showed how the explosion took part of the roof off and at least five wall panels of the multi-million pound complex.
One witness said: ‘It was utter chaos. A fireball was supposed to go through the set. That was the stunt but something has gone horribly wrong.
‘There were three loud explosions, one after another, and a member of the crew was lying on the floor outside the building injured.’
The scene in question is said to have featured a fireball that rips through a laboratory.
It’s not known whether Daniel was present at the time.
He was seen for the first time since injuring his ankle as he stepped out at Pinewood in Buckinghamshire earlier this month.
The actor appeared in pain as he made his way out of his trailer following his ankle injury.
He underwent an operation followed by two weeks of rehabilitation, causing further delays to filming the movie.
The official Twitter account for Bond 25 released a statement concerning Craig’s injuries: ‘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’.
The British star is said to have flown to New York City for treatment, but is thought to be ‘furious’ that he injured himself after months of gruelling preparation for the role.
MailOnline contacted Daniel’s representatives for comment at the time. Bond 25 has been blighted by drama from the beginning, with Daniel’s involvement in the film initially thrown into question when he claimed that he would rather ‘slash his wrists than reprise the role’, before making a complete U-turn and signing up for the movie.
Filming for the movie began several weeks ago, four years after the previous Bond film, Spectre, was released.
Yet it has been claimed the screenplay for the film is being endlessly re-written by a committee consisting of director Cary Joji Fukunaga, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and 007 himself, Daniel.
‘She’s writing a re-write of a re-write,’ a source told the Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye of Waller-Bridge’s recent involvement in the project. ‘Daniel’s writing. Cary’s writing. The crew reckon they’re working on a well-polished s**t show.
‘They have an outline of plot, but dialogue is all last-minute. It’s not the way to make a movie. I would imagine they’ll sort it out in the cutting room.
‘That’s where most movies get made anyway. But you’d think the Bond lot would be more together.’