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Report: Daniel Craig injured on set of Bond film, production halted

Daniel Craig attends the "Bond 25" film

 Daniel Craig attends the "Bond 25" film launch on April 25 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  Credit: Getty Images for Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures/Roy Rochlin

Did Daniel Craig injure an ankle while filming the new James Bond movie, necessitating a pause in production?

The British tabloid The Sun said Monday that Craig, 51, had slipped and fallen during a running scene for the as-yet-untitled movie, referred to by producers as "Bond 25." The British actor, in his fifth outing as cinematic superspy 007, reportedly was flown from Jamaica, where the movie most recently has been shooting, to the United States for X-rays.

Representatives for Craig, for production company Eon Productions and for distributor MGM did not respond to Newsday requests for comment.

Tabloid reports of Craig's injuries while shooting Bond films, on which he does some of his own stunts, have been mixed in their accuracy.

The actor refuted claims that he had lost two teeth bloodily during a fight scene for "Casino Royale" (2006), telling the U.K. newspaper The Guardian, "I actually just lost a crown."

After being seen in a sling while promoting "Quantum of Solace" (2008), both he and Eon fended off rumors that his labral tear of the shoulder was the result of an on-set accident. "I've had it for years and I've probably aggravated it by jumping around on Bond movies," Craig told the U.K. newspaper The Daily Telegraph. "I've had it fixed now. It wasn't an essential operation but if I don't do it now, I could do something on the next movie and rip it out of its socket."

Craig did lose the tip of finger on that movie, telling Playboy in a November 2008 interview, "I lost the pad," calling it "nothing. It hit the press, though, because I was taken to the hospital. I was bleeding a lot. I had to get it cauterized. Filming stopped and everybody went, 'Oh my God! He sliced the end of his finger off.' They went looking for it but couldn't find it." It occurred, he said, on a shot where "I was smashing a door into somebody's face, and there was a sharp edge."

He also did suffer a knee injury, a meniscus tear, during a fight scene with Dave Bautista on "Spectre" (2015). Telling Entertainment Weekly it happened when the wrestler-turned-actor "was picking me up and throwing me," Craig noted that this particular type of injury "could have happened to me getting out the shower. … I hit it at the wrong angle and it just went."

Bautista told the magazine, "There was a small, little indentation in the floor. His foot just slipped off it and tweaked and his knee collapsed in."

The latest James Bond film began principal photography on April 28, and is scheduled for international release April 3, 2020, and North American release five days later. Rami Malek also stars, alongside franchise regulars Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Léa Seydoux, Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw and Jeffrey Wright.

Based at Pinewood Studios in the U.K., the film has been scheduled to shoot in London, Italy, Jamaica and Norway.

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