Exploded gas canisters and broken glass at Bond 25
Exploded gas canisters, broken glass and detonator wire litter the floor of Bond 25 set as new pictures reveal the aftermath of blasts that ripped through Pinewood studios after fireball stunt wrong, injuring crew
- Explosions tore through part of set at the studios last Tuesday
- Stunt was meant to have involved a fireball ripping through a laboratory
- Pinewood Studios initially said damage was caused to the exterior of the 007 set
- It said one crew member sustained a ‘minor injury’ in the three explosions
- Daniel Craig joked ‘It’s not going to blow up on me is it?’ when he returned to set
Astonishing pictures show the aftermath of three explosions which ripped through the set of the latest James Bond film during filming at Pinewood Studios last week.
The Bond 25 production was put into ‘total lockdown’ and a crew member was injured after the incident at Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, last Tuesday.
New pictures show the damaged interior of the Bond set, with the charred wreckage of a gas canister seen lying in a bed of broken glass next to detonator wires.
The charred wreckage of a gas canister lies next to detonation cables on a bed of broken glass at the set of the new James Bond film at Pinewood studios after a controlled explosion went wrong, injuring one crew member
Other pictures show items from the set strewn over the floor, as well as a long trail of further broken glass.
The explosion took part of the roof off and five wall panels of the huge complex and it was said to be ‘utter chaos’ in the moments after the blast.
Daniel Craig, who is playing the spy for the final time, had only just returned to continue shooting the new film after he injured his ankle during filming in Jamaica.
He has previously appeared in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.
Mr Craig – who was on set at the time but away from the blasts – later inspected the damage and said: ‘It’s not going to blow up on me is it?’
Following the explosion, it was unclear if filming for the as yet untitled movie was suspended, and if so, for how long.
The scene in question is said to have featured a fireball that rips through a laboratory.
But a source said the explosion ‘took part of the roof off and at least five wall panels of the multi-million pound complex’.
Other pictures show items from the set strewn over the floor, as well as a long trail of further broken glass
‘It was utter chaos.
‘A fireball was supposed to go through the set. That was the stunt but something has gone horribly wrong.’
The source added to The Sun: ‘There were three loud explosions, one after another, and a member of the crew was lying on the floor outside the building injured.
‘The place is now on total lockdown.’
The official Twitter account for the 007 franchise confirmed the blasts, with a post that said: ‘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.
The damage which the explosion did to the exterior of the Bond 25 set at Pinewood Studios last Tuesday
A staff member was reportedly injured at Pinewood Studios when the three blasts blew holes in the 007 set
Damage done: ‘There were no injuries on set, however one crew member outside the stage has sustained a minor injury,’ an official statement from Pinewood Studios claimed
‘There were no injuries on set, however one crew member outside the stage has sustained a minor injury.’ MailOnline has contacted the studios for further comment.
The incident is the latest in a slew of hiccups to plague the currently untitled 25th Bond movie.
Director Danny Boyle has quit, the writing team has been constantly added to and star Daniel Craig suffering an ankle injury on location in Jamaica.
Original director Boyle left by mutual consent, after proposing to kill off 007.
Pictured: The Bond 25 set at Pinewood Studios where a crew member received a minor injury after three explosions
Clean-up operation: ‘There were three loud explosions, one after another, and a member of the crew was lying on the floor outside the building injured. The place is now on total lockdown,’ a source reported
After his injury, Craig had had an operation which required two weeks of rehabilitation, causing further delays to filming.
The new film is set for a April 2020 cinematic release.
In May, 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.
Update: The official Twitter account for the film franchise confirmed the explosion on Twitter last Tuesday evening
‘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 Hollywood hunk was reportedly flown to the US after the fall so he could be examined by the same surgeon who has treated England soccer star Harry Kane.
The actor is said to have tweaked his ankle ligaments after falling during filming for a high-octane scene for his fifth outing as the iconic Secret Service Agent.
The British star is said to have flown to New York City for treatment, but was thought to be ‘furious’ that he injured himself after months of gruelling preparation for the role.
Daniel Craig, who is playing the spy for the final time, had only just returned to continue shooting the new film after he injured his ankle during filming in Jamaica
Craig’s involvement in the film was 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.
leading ladies: Bond 25 cast [L-R] Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas, Craig, Naomie Harris and Lashana Lynch began filming the new movie in April
‘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.’
The cast, led by Craig, Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux, Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas, began shooting on location in Jamaica but have returned to the UK and Europe to link up with fellow stars Rami Malek, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw.
The curse of Bond 25: String of bad luck that has hit filming
Last week’s blasts are the latest mishap in a string of bad luck for the 25th film chronicling 007’s adventures.
The first blow came when director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) quit in August last year.
He argued with Daniel Craig over creative differences over casting for the lead villain.
Since then writing trouble has abounded as the screenplay is constantly re-written by director Cary Joji Fukunaga, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Craig himself.
In April, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson said at the film’s launch that the blockbuster still doesn’t have a title.
And with less than a year until the release date, its leading man required surgery last month on his ankle after the star slipped while running.
The 51-year-old was filming on location in Jamaica at the time.
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