James Bond: Recapping all the drama erupting around Daniel Craig’s new 007 movie

Daniel Craig was his impeccably dressed, unflappable self when he met Prince Charles on the set of the 25th James Bond film last Thursday at London’s Pinewood Studios.

The cuts on Craig’s face were makeup for a scene, not an injury, and the 51-year-old actor was all smiles when he told Charles that the crew was about a third of the way through shooting the still-untitled film.

All splendid indeed for a Bond set which has seen its set of real-life troubles, until the heir to Britain’s throne continued his walkabout and couldn’t help but make an offhand quip.

“You haven’t had any more things blowing up recently?” Charles asked one worker, according to Britain’s Press Association – a reference to a set explosion earlier this month that injured one crew member and left the stage damaged. 

A crew member was hurt in a set explosion

The official Bond Twitter account confirmed on June 4 that a controlled stunt explosion gone wrong left one crew member with a “minor injury” and damaged the exterior of the Pinewood Studio soundstage.

The acknowledgement followed The Sun’s report that there were actually three loud explosions, “which took part of the roof off and a number of wall panels.” 

The first director left the project

Danny Boyle, the film’s original Oscar-winning director, recently revealed why he quit the project after his involvement was announced in May 2018. While promoting his new film “Yesterday,” Boyle told London’s Metro that he is “not cut out” to work on franchise films.

Boyle clashed with Bond producers after they balked about using a script written with his longtime collaborator John Hodges. 

“We were working very, very well, but they didn’t go down that route with us, so we decided to part company,” the director said.

A man was charged with placing a camera in the studio’s restroom 

In the latest twist, Peter Hartley, 49, was arrested last week and charged with voyeurism after allegedly placing a spy camera in the women’s bathroom on the Pinewood Studios set, Britain’s Independent reported. It isn’t known if Hartley is connected with either the studio or the 007 film, The Guardian reported.

The studio flagged law enforcement when the camera was discovered, telling the newspaper in a statement, “We take this issue very seriously. We reported the incident to the police and are supporting them with their investigation.”

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