Daniel Craig’s Knee Injury To Delay ‘Spectre’ Release Date? Surgery Called ‘Minor’

Daniel Craig’s knee injury from filming the vigorous action scenes for Spectre required the actor to fly thousands of miles to receive surgery in New York, but will this delay the upcoming Bond movie’s release date?

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Some earlier reports speculated that Eon Productions, which is behind the James Bond franchise, might be forced to have filming for Spectre delayed due to Daniel Craig’s knee injury, but sources close to the movie deny any truth to the idea.

“Craig has been struggling with his knee since he first hurt it in the Alps in January. His body has taken a hell of a battering while filming Bond, because he ­really throws himself wholeheartedly into a very demanding part,” a source said according to The Mirror. “He took the opportunity to have this surgery done while there was a chance to film scenes in which he was not needed. He expects to be back to meet his schedule and we are confident he will be fully fit again and there will be no delays.”

A spokesperson for Eon Productions described Daniel Craig’s knee injury as only requiring a “minor procedure” and it should not cause any delays in filming.

“During a scheduled break, Daniel Craig had arthroscopic surgery to repair his knee injury. He will rejoin production on April 22nd at Pinewood,” the spokesperson said according to BBC.

Craig’s injury apparently occurred at Austria’s Sölden ski resort, filming a large action scene where he is seeing wearing a black outfit. According to Gregg Wilson, the film’s associate producer, the showy mountaintops offered the perfect location for this action scene.

“This is going to be one of the major action sequences of the movie, a jewel in the crown so to speak,” said Wilson. “It’s going to be spectacular and Austria seemed to offer everything that we needed to pull it off.”

The Spectre release date is set for November 6, 2015, and the story will pit James Bond against the Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion (SPECTRE). Monica Bellucci, Lea Seydoux and Stephanie Sigman will play as the newest Bond girls and the villain is Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who is played by Austrian actor Christoph Waltz.