LONDON – British actor Daniel Craig underwent knee surgery after sustaining an injury during the shooting of action scenes for “Spectre,” the latest James Bond film, Eon Productions said Sunday.
Craig took advantage of a break in shooting for Easter to have a “minor procedure” on his knee in New York last week, the production company said.
The 47-year-old Craig lives with his wife, actress Rachel Weisz, in New York.
“During a scheduled break, Daniel Craig had arthroscopic surgery to repair his knee injury. He will rejoin production on April 22nd at Pinewood (Studios),” an Eon Productions spokeswoman said.
Craig hurt his knee while shooting a scene in the Austrian Alps in January and aggravated the injury during filming of a shootout at Pinewood Studios outside London in February, the British press reported.
During shooting of the 24th film in the James Bond series in Mexico City, it was determined that it might be best for the actor to undergo surgery and prevent future problems.
Craig flew from Mexico City to New York a few days ago and had the arthroscopic procedure during a break in shooting, The Sunday Mirror reported.
Director Sam Mendes decided to keep the movie on schedule and within budget by shooting scenes in which Craig does not appear while the actor recovers from the procedure.
Craig, who is appearing in his fourth Bond film, sustained a head injury in February when the Aston Martin he was driving hit a pothole while shooting a car chase in Rome.
The British actor has sustained injuries during the filming other previous Bond movies.
Craig injured a wrist and sustained a head injury during the shooting of “Quantum of Solace” (2008), attending the premiere with his arm in a sling after undergoing collarbone surgery.
The actor hurt a leg muscle during the filming of “Skyfall” (2012), which was also directed by Mendes, an injury blamed on the energy he puts into doing action scenes.
“Spectre,” which premiers on Nov. 6, pits Bond against the Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, or SPECTRE.
The film features Monica Bellucci, Lea Seydoux and Stephanie Sigman as the latest Bond girls.
In the film, Agent 007 will battle arch villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who is played by Austrian actor Christoph Waltz.