Sun | May 31, 2020

James Bond star hurt while filming in Portland - Actor reportedly flown out of the island

Published:Wednesday | May 15, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter
From left, Michael G Wilson, Daniel Craig, Barbara Broccoli and Cary Joji Fukunaga at the launch of Bond 25 at GoldenEye in St Mary.
Daniel Craig appears in a scene from the James Bond film, Spectre.

Daniel Craig, the lead actor in Bond 25, the James Bond film being shot in Jamaica, reportedly hurt himself while running in a scene during filming in Portland. Craig had to be flown out of the island for x-rays, treatment, rest and recovery.

A Bond actor getting injured on set is not uncommon, especially for Craig, who insists on performing almost all of his own stunts. Throughout his career portraying the super spy, Craig has suffered a number of injuries, including: losing two teeth; tearing a shoulder muscle; having knee surgery, and having the tip of one of his finger sliced off.

In light of previous injuries that Craig has suffered, entertainment consultant Jerome Hamilton says his injury in Jamaica is just par for the course.

“We read stories behind the making of movies all the time. I’d be surprised if this shines a bad light on production in Jamaica,” he said. According to Hamilton, word from the set is that the energy has been great, and the cast and crew love working in Jamaica.

The experience has proven very pleasant for at least one Jamaican radio personality, Nikki Z, who may get to share screen time with the hunky hero. “I was amazingly surprised with the way that they represented African-Americans on the set,” the popular broadcaster told The Gleaner.

It was reported that the plot of the upcoming instalment finds Bond retired in the Caribbean – before he’s coerced or enticed to take on another high-flying mission full of chases, gadgetry and damsels.

“It wasn’t something where you saw a lot of us ‘European’ed’ out. You saw us as we are naturally – a lot of locs, natural hair, melanin. You saw so much culture from what I was involved in, that it made me feel proud. I don’t know how or why or where that ends up in the film, but I will say that the experience in itself was amazing, being on the set with so many creative people,” she shared.

Nikki Z also confirmed that she saw a blend of international and local crew. “I was pleasantly surprised by how many were running their respective departments, but I wasn’t present for everything,” she clarified.

The fictional British Secret Service agent, James Bond, was created in 1953 by Ian Fleming while he was living at GoldenEye in Oracabessa, St Mary. In addition to Bond 25, others in the series that have been filmed in Jamaica were: Dr No (1962) and Live and Let Die (1973). Craig, who has previously hinted that this will be his final Bond film, has played lead role in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall , and Spectre.

As a result of Craig’s injury, reports are that filming scheduled for this weekend in London has been cancelled.