Bond 25: A timeline of all the drama on the set of No Time To Die

It’s not been smooth sailing for Daniel’s final outing as 007 (Picture: Columbia/Eon/Danjaq/Mgm/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock)

From its very first day, the upcoming 25th James Bond film No Time To Die has been plagued with problems.

As Daniel Craig’s final outing as the international secret agent (something the actor had previously been reluctant to do), we hoped that things would go smoothly on set for Daniel, but that has sadly not been the case.

From shock exits to explosions, it’s been a bumpy ride for the crew and cast, which includes Rami Malek, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and new 007 agent Lashana Lynch.

Here’s a timeline of all the disasters that have cursed the Bond25 set:

August 2018: Danny Boyle quits after three months

The Trainspotting director didn’t last long on Bond 25 (Picture: Dave Allocca/Starpix/REX/Shutterstock)

In many ways it’s not really surprising that No Time To Die has been such a struggle to film, as the project didn’t exactly get off to the best start.

Director Danny Boyle was initially brought on to work on the project in May 2018, having impressed execs with his work on Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting.

However, the director left in August citing creative differences, leaving the film’s initial release date of November 2019 and the entire production up in the air.

With only 60 days to find a new director for the project to be viable, Cary Fukunaga was brought in in September, with the script being re-written and a new release date of April 2020 set on the table.

April 2019: No finalised script with weeks to go

While the cast was being announced to the public, things were a mess behind the scenes (Picture: ZJJG/LNG)

Just days after the high profile launch of the unnamed 25th Bond film in Jamaica, reports started to leak from the camp that not all was going to plan on the production.

With filming imminent, rumours emerged that no finalised script or title were in place, causing panic on set.

On the plus side, we were treated to the news that woman of the hour Phoebe Waller Bridge would be swooping in to save the script at the request of 007 himself.

According to The Observer, Daniel felt that the script was pretty dry and in need of ‘polishing’ and enlisted the Fleabag star in hope of injecting some humour to the film.

May 2019: Filming suspended after Daniel Craig sustains ankle injury.

In the wars (Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty)

Filming was less than two weeks underway when the 51-year-old lead slipped and ‘fell awkwardly’ on his ankle during a fast-paced chase scene in Jamaica.

A source told The Sun: ‘He was sprinting during filming when he slipped and fell quite awkwardly. He was in quite a lot of pain and was complaining about his ankle.’

The push back in filming meant that Daniel was struggling to align his schedule and film with new villain Rami Malek. Not ideal!

June 2019: Crew member is injured after explosion stunt goes wrong

Come June, filming had progressed to the iconic Pinewood studios in Buckinghamshire, but despite being back on home soil, further disaster was around the corner.

After a controlled fireball explosion stunt went wrong and left a member of the crew with a minor injury, the production was given strict health and safety inspections to try and prevent the problem happening again, slowing down work in the process.

In a statement on Twitter, the official James Bond account read: ‘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.’

Rumours also emerged that director Cary Fukunaga was showing up to shoot late because he was playing video games, something the 42-year-old was forced to deny.


July 2019: Grace Jones quits in last minute

Nobody sidelines Grace Jones (Picture: Claire Greenway/Getty Images)

34 years after she first appeared in A View To Kill with Roger Moore, Grace Jones’ return to the franchise was going to be a truly iconic moment.

However, upon learning that she was only being given a cameo role with a few lines, the music legend quit at the last minute, leaving producers furious after they had worked hard to accommodate her on-set demands.

Nobody puts Grace in the corner…

‘Grace’s 007 homecoming was meant to be a real crowd-pleasing moment,’ a source told The Sun.

‘But it turns out Grace was expecting to play a bigger role in the movie and took her brief cameo as a slight. She was out of there quicker than it takes to rustle up a martini.’

Here’s hoping it’s all worth it! (Picture: Dave Allocca/StarPix/REX/Shutterstock)

It may seem like some higher being definitely has it in for No Time To Die, but we have to hand it to the creative team for sticking with their April 2020 release date in spite of adversity on set.

Either way, we’re so excited to see the finished product!


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