Whoever’s in charge of updating the “accident free for ___ days” sign in the break room at the Bond 25 studio has been getting a workout. They can go ahead and erase that 17 and set it back to zero. Last month Bond de jour Daniel Craig injured his ankle on set in Jamaica, requiring minor surgery and a 2-week production stoppage. Now, according to The Sun, an onset “controlled” explosion at Pinewood Studios caused some major damage and injured a crew member. Thankfully their injuries were only minor, but there are now major whispers that the production is cursed. Could it be that Freddie Mercury isn’t done vexing Rami Malek just yet, and followed him to his new place of business?
So far the production has been plagued with a wiffle-waffling tuxedo sausage named Daniel, a conscious uncoupling with original director Danny Boyle, a fever of rewrites, a busted up star, and now a major boom-boom kablowie (I generally try to avoid highly technical jargon, but in this instance there’s really no other way to describe it).
Crew on the film, which has plagued with issues since the beginning of filming, were testing a stunt involving a fireball in a laboratory when the incident took place.
A Bond source said: “It was utter chaos.
“There were three huge explosions and it’s blown part of the Bond stage roof off and some wall panels off the stage. They were supposed to be filming.
The studio acknowledged the accident via Twitter.
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
Here’s a look at the damage.
— James Bond (@jamesbondlive) June 5, 2019
I wonder if the producers are longing for the good old days of Bond when all their production troubles could be solved with an NDA and a promise from Sean Connery to be a good boy in the future. They may want to consider changing the current working title, Shatterhand, to something a little less volatile. Maybe calling it something like Puppypaws would work better.