Daniel Craig reveals he wasn’t allowed to drive James Bond’s iconic Aston Martin during chase scenes

Daniel Craig reveals he wasn’t allowed to drive James Bond’s iconic Aston Martin DB5 during high-speed chase scenes over safety fears

  • The actor, 51, told Top Gear Magazine on Thursday that he couldn’t drive and act at the same time as it was seen to be too dangerous
  • Daniel’s stunt driver Mark Higgins would take his place while filming high speed chase scenes, but the Knives Out star was ‘allowed to donut the DB5 in Matera’
  • Higgins revealed that everything ‘done is for real’ and said ‘the environment we were driving in was very, very restricted and very, very tight’
  • Despite the precautions, Daniel’s time on set wasn’t without pain as he suffered a nasty ankle injury while filming a separate chase sequence in Jamaica last year
  • The actor underwent an operation followed by two weeks of rehabilitation in May, causing major delays to the long awaited production 

James Bond is known for his love of fast cars, his most iconic being the Aston Martin.

But it appears Daniel Craig wasn’t allowed to drive the Aston Martin DB5 the whole time he shot his final film as 007, No Time To Die.

The actor, 51, told Top Gear Magazine on Thursday that he couldn’t drive and act at the same time as it was seen to be too dangerous, so his stunt driver Mark Higgins would take his place while filming high speed chase scenes.

For his safety: Daniel Craig revealed on Thursday that he wasn't allowed to drive James Bond's iconic Aston Martin DB5 during high-speed chase scenes over safety fears

For his safety: Daniel Craig revealed on Thursday that he wasn’t allowed to drive James Bond’s iconic Aston Martin DB5 during high-speed chase scenes over safety fears

Of why this was the case, Daniel explained: ‘You know we fake it, don’t you? We’re not allowed to do that any more, although I do go driving.

‘I was allowed to donut the DB5 in Matera, which was great.’

Higgins spoke with Esquire about getting behind the wheel for Daniel’s final Bond film, and revealed that everything ‘done is for real.’ 

‘I think a lot of these films are going away from CGI and trying to make it as real as possible,’ Higgins explained. ‘The environment we were driving in was very, very restricted and very, very tight. So it’s a difficult place to work in.’

Too dangerous: Daniel explained that he wasn't allowed to drive and act at the same time, saying: 'You know we fake it, don't you? We're not allowed to do that any more'

Too dangerous: Daniel explained that he wasn’t allowed to drive and act at the same time, saying: ‘You know we fake it, don’t you? We’re not allowed to do that any more’

Behind the wheel: Mark Higgins, Daniel's stunt driver for his final outing as Bond spoke with Esquire about driving for the film, as he revealed that everything 'done is for real'

Behind the wheel: Mark Higgins, Daniel’s stunt driver for his final outing as Bond spoke with Esquire about driving for the film, as he revealed that everything ‘done is for real’

He went on to add that while Daniel ‘enjoys driving when he can’, he was also happy to take a step back and let the professionals do the work.

‘He’s a fantastic actor so thankfully he lets me do the driving and I let him do the acting so we’ve got a bit of a deal,’ Higgins joked.

Despite the precautions, Daniel’s time on set wasn’t without pain as he suffered a nasty ankle injury while filming a separate chase sequence in Jamaica, the spiritual home of Bond creator Ian Fleming. 

Praise: 'He’s a fantastic actor so thankfully he lets me do the driving and I let him do the acting so we’ve got a bit of a deal,' Higgins said (Daniel pictured in Skyfall)

Praise: ‘He’s a fantastic actor so thankfully he lets me do the driving and I let him do the acting so we’ve got a bit of a deal,’ Higgins said (Daniel pictured in Skyfall)

The actor underwent an operation followed by two weeks of rehabilitation in May, causing major delays to the long awaited production.

The official Twitter account for Bond 25 released a statement concerning his injuries at the time, writing: ‘Daniel Craig will be undergoing minor ankle surgery resulting from an injury sustained during filming in Jamaica.

‘Production will continue whilst Craig is rehabilitating for two weeks post-surgery. The film remains on track for the same release date in April 2020’.

No Time To Die is set to be released in the UK on April 2, and the USA on April 10.

One to watch: No Time To Die is set to be released in the UK on April 2, and the USA on April 10

One to watch: No Time To Die is set to be released in the UK on April 2, and the USA on April 10

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