Malek, Fukunaga Refute “Bond 25” Reports

Bond 25 Suspends Shooting After Craig Injury

There’s been plenty of news reports about the new James Bond film and many of them have been bad. From delays to re-writes to injuries and set problems, the film seems to have been plagued by issues to the point that there’s already talk of a ‘curse’ over the whole endeavour.

Now those involved in the production are fighting back against the negativity, with two major talents involved saying the project is chugging along far better than the press is reporting. First up, the film’s villain Rami Malek spoke to Digital Spy and says he’s been very happy with his experience thus far:

“I haven’t shot with Daniel yet, but I’m thrilled to work with him. We’ve already filmed in Norway for a week. That’s where I got to work with [director] Cary Fukunaga and our incredible cinematographer, Linus Sandgren. They are a great team. So far, so good. So far, so great. It’s another extremely clever script from the people who have figured out exactly what people want in those movies. And yeah, it’s a great character. I am very excited. I can’t wait to shoot more soon.”

The on-set drama in recent weeks have been in regards to Daniel Craig’s ankle injury which put him out of commission to film scenes for a few weeks. Of those delays, Malek says:

“But the thing is, Daniel was injured, so they are shooting what they can. I talked to Cary yesterday and the schedule has been altered. I know that. But with a franchise like this, I think they have it together. They have it figured out by now.”

Malek has been fairly vocal about his recent history with troubled productions like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” so the endorsement here is a small relief. More directly attacking the rumors is Fukunaga himself, the director using social media to respond to British tabloid reports of a ‘mutiny’ on set after the director’s tardiness – caused by a PlayStation video game session that went on too long – forced people to work over the holiday. He responded on his Instagram with the following comments:

“There’s not a minute on this job that isn’t scheduled, and even during a shoot day, in the hours before call, between takes and setups, and after we wrap there’s always a line of dedicated and hardworking department heads hungry to prep our next sequences, no one sleeps on this kind of job.

So sure it’s hard, but it’s still the best job in the world and I’d never disrespect the hardest working cast and crew. We’re all in this together. As for my PS4 relationship, if my RDR2 progress is any indication, it’s been stunted at 63% for months and if anyone spoils the end for me before I wrap on B25 I’m going to be pissed.”

“Bond 25” is still scheduled to hit theaters on April 8th 2020.