Daniel Craig was reluctant to sign on for a final James Bond movie, because he feared suffering another on set injury – and having to tell his wife, Rachel Weisz.
The actor, who stars as the iconic spy for a fifth time in the upcoming No Time to Die, underwent arthroscopic surgery after injuring his leg during a fight scene with Dave Bautista on 2015's Spectre, and admits he hated having to tell his wife.
"I finished that movie with a broken leg," he tells Entertainment Weekly. "I had to question myself: 'Was I physically capable of doing (another one) or did I want to do another one?' Because that phone call to your wife saying, 'I've broken my leg', is not pleasant."
After Barbara Broccoli, the longtime producer of the 007 film series, convinced him he had more to add to Bond's storyline, he agreed to one final go around as the iconic secret agent.
"He felt at the end of the last movie he'd kind of done it," Broccoli shares. "I said to him, 'I don't think you have, I think there's still more of the story of your Bond to tell'. Fortunately, he came around to agree with that."
But the thriller led Craig to face yet another physical challenge when he took a bad fall that stalled production.
"I was running down a floating dock, and it was wet, and I slipped, and I fell over, and my ankle exploded," Craig reveals. "Unfortunately, I've been in the same situation before and I know the feeling of a rupturing tendon. I was just like, 'Oh, f**k!'"
Thankfully, after yet another operation, Craig was up and running again – literally.
"I've got a great surgeon in London who said, '(Have this operation) and you'll be ready to run in 10 weeks'. You know, 10 weeks is sometimes the length of a movie shoot. Not on a Bond movie. It's just a small part of it. So I was like, 'OK, let's do this'. I was back at work in two weeks, and in 10 weeks I was throwing myself around like an idiot again."