Daniel Craig, the British actor who has played James Bond for the past 17 years, is no stranger to bloody special effect makeup. However, he was caught off-guard during a video interview on Monday when he realized that his forehead was actually bleeding in real life.
Unaware throughout the entire Variety “Actors on Actors” video, which paired Daniel Craig with actor Javier Bardem, the James Bond star joked about his injury and how crazy it was that he didn’t notice he was bleeding.
“Let me ask you my friend a last question,” Javier Bardem said after discussing the film industry and movies they worked on together such as Skyfall. Pointing at his forehead near the apparent cut, he asked, “What happened to you?”
Moving his hair around, thinking that there may have been something on his face, he joked, “Do I have sandwich on my head?”
Eventually finding the injury, Daniel Craig laughed about how ridiculous it was that he did the whole injury with a cut on his forehead. Leaving to look into a mirror, he can be heard off camera remarking that he somehow cut his head.
“You know what that was?” he said when he returned to the video, “They sent me this wonderful ring flash, which I’ve set up with an iPad in the middle of it and it just fell on my head just before.”
Javier Bardem found the incident hilarious, and the two friends shared a good laugh to cap off the interview. Imitating the incident, he described the ring flashlight as making a big “Donk!” as it hit him on the head earlier. Javier was also happy to find out that Daniel was not “bleeding to death,” and that it was just a scratch.
“This is 17 years playing Bond!” Daniel Craig joked. “Can you see how injury prone I am? No wonder I get f–king injured every time I do a movie.”
The 007 actor injured himself on just about every James Bond film he worked on, which he said took a major toll on his continuing on with the character in 2021’s No Time to Die.
“If I don’t get injured when I film, it’s because I’m not doing it properly,” he stated.
In 2008, while working on Quantum of Solace, Daniel Craig tore his right shoulder during an aerial stunt. In 2012’s Skyfall, he reportedly ruptured both his calf muscles, and in 2016’s Spectre, he injured a ligament in one of his knees. Requiring surgery, the injury set filming back for over a month.
“I was like, ‘Dave, throw me, for Christ’s sake… because he was being light with me,” Daniel Craig told /Film in 2020 about his fight with Dave Bautista in Spectre. “So he threw me, and God bless him, he just left my knee over there.”
He spent the last remaining days of Spectre‘s post-production wearing a knee brace which had to be digitally edited out of scenes.
“I was never going to do one again,” he said in interviews announcing No Time to Die as his final send-off for James Bond. “I was like, ‘Is this work really genuinely worth this, to go through this, this whole thing?'”
Praising his work, Javier Bardem said in the Variety video that he thought Daniel was the perfect James Bond, and a fantastic action star.
“The comedy, the drama, the pain, the suffering, the joy, the love — I don’t know how you did that,” Javier said. “Because the character is who he is. He has to represent himself constantly in front of everyone to make sure that they know who they’re dealing with. But within that, there’s this human being.”
Daniel Craig thanked him and ended the video call on a high note. He’s set to play Macbeth on Broadway later in 2022, which hopefully will not include much blood on his forehead.