No Time To Rest: Daniel Craig, 53, undergoes gruelling physio sessions in unearthed snaps after needing ankle surgery during James Bond filming
He required ankle surgery after injuring himself on the set of No Time To Die.
Yet in true 007 fashion, Daniel Craig didn’t allow himself to slow down during his recovery, with unearthed pictures showing the actor undergoing gruelling physio and workout sessions as he prepared to return to filming.
The actor, 53, was left out of action for weeks after he slipped while shooting a running scene for his final James Bond movie in May 2019.
Yet Daniel was back in the gym as soon as he could make it, with trainer Simon Waterson sharing pictures from the session.
No Time To Rest: Daniel Craig underwent gruelling physio sessions with trainer Simon Waterson in unearthed snaps after needing ankle surgery during No Time To Die filming
Simon has worked with past James Bond Pierce Brosnan and Bond girl Lea Seydoux to get prepared for the role, and told Jam Press: ‘That’s one of the best film franchises to work on, most of the people working on each Bond, including for No Time to Die, have done several before so it feels like a big family.’
Daniel could be seen completing a gruelling work out, spending time on an exercise bike and using the weight machine, with the star forced to wear a leg brace in some shots.
Daniel tweaked his ankle ligaments after falling during filming for a high-octane scene for his fifth outing as the Secret Service Agent.
He reportedly received treatment from the same surgeon who treated Tottenham Hotspur and England star Harry Kane in New York City, but was thought to be ‘furious’ that he injured himself after months of gruelling preparation for the role.
His operation was followed by two weeks of rehabilitation, causing further delays to filming the movie, which had already been pushed back when director Danny Boyle quit, before filming was halted during the Covid pandemic.
Working out: The actor tweaked his ankle ligaments after injuring himself on set, and can be seen in photos with Simon wearing a leg brace
Getting back to it: Daniel was thought to be ‘furious’ that he injured himself after months of gruelling preparation for the role
Daniel endured several injuries during his five-film turn as James Bond.
While filming Quantum Of Solace, he tore the connecting cartilage in his right shoulder while performing a stunt in an aircraft.
Then during production for Skyfall the star ruptured both of his calf muscles, and needed aqua therapy to recover.
When he filmed Spectre, the actor snapped the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee and although he was meant to have an operation on his leg, he pushed it back so as to not interrupt the filming schedule.
Pushing the limits: He could be seen completing the gruelling work out, including spending time on an exercise bike and in others he used the weight machine
Ouch: Daniel reportedly received treatment from the same surgeon who treated Tottenham Hotspur and England star Harry Kane in New York City
Now the star will be able to take it easy after turning his back on the film franchise.
Daniel recently spoke on the Awards Chatter podcast about how he felt Bond was ‘happy and fulfilled’ when he finally met his maker, while detailing the moment he became’ choked up’ during his final day of filming.
He said: ‘I was sitting in the back of a black Mercedes driving away from the Berlin premiere of Casino Royale with Barbara Broccoli in the back – just me and her – everything was good, the movie was doing great, it was like “we’d done it,” it was time for a bit of celebration.’
‘I said “how many of these movies do I have to make?” And she was like “four.” And I was like “oh, really? That’s a lot?” I said ”OK, if I make four can I kill him off at the end?” And she paused, and she just went ”yes.’
‘I had a sort of plan in my head, I don’t know what the plan was, that if we got it right and if we got it to a place, then they needed to re-set.
Time off: Daniel’s operation was followed by two weeks of rehabilitation, causing further delays to filming the movie, which had already been pushed back when director Danny Boyle quit, before filming was halted during the Covid pandemic
Gruelling: Daniel worked alongside trainer Simon, who has worked with past James Bond Pierce Brosnan and Bond girl Lea Seydoux to get them prepared for the role
‘And to properly re-set you need to get rid of one idea of it and start another idea of it. And I just felt like ‘get rid of my version and someone else can start, and they can start their version’.
‘But it also meant that what I could do is there could be some sort of arc, emotional arc, that I could aim for, and that something he does or has to do means he has to end and that he can’t be around any more.
‘And that was a really, really difficult story to figure out, but I knew that if we got it right then it would be the ultimate sacrifice, but the ultimate sacrifice for a good reason.’
In No Time To Die, Craig’s Bond is tackling baddie Safin and calls in a missile strike from HMS Dragon to destroy Safin’s factory where he has technology to kill millions of people.
Ending: The workout photos come after Daniel spoke on the Awards Chatter podcast about how he felt Bond was ‘happy and fulfilled’ when he finally met his maker
Painful: Daniel endured several injuries during his five-film turn as James Bond, tearing the connecting cartilage in his right shoulder, rupturing both of his calf muscles, and snapping the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee
Bond is eventually killed in the blast, mere seconds after learning that he is the father of love interest Dr. Madeleine Swann’s daughter Mathilde.
Discussing his character’s eventual ending, Daniel said: ‘He didn’t commit suicide, there was no choice, and basing it around a love story and a family love story seemed to me to be the obvious thing.
‘I and Cary (director Cary Joji Fukunaga) and Phoebe (Waller-Bridge, screenwriter) all had a lot to do with the end. We wrote it. I scribbled stuff down on paper what I thought it was. Phoebe scribbled her magic over it. It came together.
‘We just had to get the right reasons. And the right reasons were ones where there was a diabolical villain who did something diabolical that there was no going back from, and the only thing that he could do to keep the people he loved alive was to sacrifice himself.
‘And it felt right. And he went out a happy man. He was fulfilled.
‘He could never really be with anybody because he couldn’t because he was an assassin. He was always a target and in some ways he got rid of the bad guy, the real bad guy that we had from the first movie, because Safin was in the first movie.
‘We got rid of him and Madeleine could go on, and his daughter could go on. I felt very satisfied with it.’
No coming back: Now the star will be able to take it easy after turning his back on the film franchise following the release of No Time To Die last year