James Bond star Daniel Craig engages in brutal fist-fight before blood-spattered Secret Service agent is thrown to the ground as filming continues on No Time To Die in Italy

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Filming for the hotly anticipated 25th chapter in the James Bond franchise has already seen a dramatic car chase, an eerie graveyard confrontation, an explosion and a passionate love scene.

And the drama continued on the set of No Time To Die in Matera, Italy on Monday as Daniel Craig was embroiled in a brutal fist-fight in further shocking scenes.

The hunky movie star, 51, who is reprising his role as the secret service agent for the fifth and final time, was seen throwing punches at a unknown villain in a harrowing fight scene, with Daniel sporting fake blood and bruising around his temples. 

Is This The End? The drama continued on the set of No Time To Die in Matera, Italy on Monday as Daniel Craig was embroiled in a brutal fist-fight in further shocking scenes

Is This The End? The drama continued on the set of No Time To Die in Matera, Italy on Monday as Daniel Craig was embroiled in a brutal fist-fight in further shocking scenes

Shaken and stirred:  A seemingly injured Bond was thrown to the floor during the brutal fight as filming continued

Shaken and stirred:  A seemingly injured Bond was thrown to the floor during the brutal fight as filming continued

Bringing his signature 007 style to even the most brutal of fist-fights, a blood spattered Daniel looked suave in a crisp navy shirt and braces, paired with a debonair cream suit as he swung at his attacker.

The pair were seen being coached through their scenes by director Cary Fukunaga, with a handsome Daniel practicising his punches as the crew watched on.

His attacker gave as good as he got as he attempted to strike Bond during the fracas by a picturesque cottage, with the pair navigating washing lines as they filmed the scenes.

Once again, Craig's stunt double stepped in for a further shocking scene, which saw 007 mown down by a thug on a motorcycle, with the hunk thrown into the air before falling heavily onto the ground.

Practice makes perfect: The hunky movie star, 51, who is reprising his role as the secret service agent for the fifth and final time, was seen throwing punches at a unknown villain as director Cary Fukunaga looked on
Showtime: Bringing his signature 007 style to even the most brutal of fist-fights, a blood spattered Daniel looked suave in a crisp navy shirt and braces, paired with a debonair cream suit as he swung at his attacker

Practice makes perfect: The hunky movie star, 51, who is reprising his role as the secret service agent for the fifth and final time, was seen throwing punches at a unknown villain as director Cary Fukunaga looked on

I expect you to die, Mr Bond: Cary showed Daniel exactly what he wanted as the pair practised their fight scenes

I expect you to die, Mr Bond: Cary showed Daniel exactly what he wanted as the pair practised their fight scenes

The upper hand: Daniel looked every inch the action star as he filmed the vicious fight scenes, appearing to floor his attacker
Packing a punch: It was a battle of wills for the star as he filmed the tense fight scenes

The upper hand: Daniel looked every inch the action star as he filmed the vicious fight scenes, appearing to floor his attacker

An injured Bond then lay on the ground as the dramatic scene came to an end.  

The production is currently shooting the film in the ancient city, with Daniel and his co-star Léa Seydoux sharing a kiss on a mammoth stone staircase the evening before.   

Just days before, Daniel's double was seen being flung into the air in the midst of an epic explosion for the new flick, on location in a purpose built cemetery.

Shocking, positively shocking: Once again, Craig's stunt double stepped in for a further shocking scene, which saw 007 mown down by a thug on a motorcycle, with the hunk thrown into the air before falling heavily onto the ground

Shocking, positively shocking: Once again, Craig's stunt double stepped in for a further shocking scene, which saw 007 mown down by a thug on a motorcycle, with the hunk thrown into the air before falling heavily onto the ground

Licence to kill: Daniel slipped back into his role as the Secret Service Agent effortlessly as he practiced his fight scenes
Licence to kill: Daniel slipped back into his role as the Secret Service Agent effortlessly as he practiced his fight scenes

Licence to kill: Daniel slipped back into his role as the Secret Service Agent effortlessly as he practiced his fight scenes

I think he got the point: Craig's stunt double and his attacker were thrown to the ground in the attack

I think he got the point: Craig's stunt double and his attacker were thrown to the ground in the attack

Hunk: Daniel looked typically handsome as he showed off his muscular frame in a tight-fitting shirt
Hunk: Daniel looked typically handsome as he showed off his muscular frame in a tight-fitting shirt
Handsome: The star looked ready for action as he prepared to film
Handsome: The star looked ready for action as he prepared to film

Hunk: Daniel looked typically handsome as he showed off his muscular frame in a tight-fitting shirt 

Never foregoing any element of Bond's signature dapper style, the double was dressed in a the same slick suit as he emulated the famous British actor, who was filming an eerie graveyard scene hours earlier.

The remote and isolated location proved to be the perfect place for filming the huge explosion which saw the stuntman put his skills to good use.  

No Time To Die is the 25th chapter in the 007 franchise, which will see Daniel make his final outing as the iconic Secret Secret Service agent. 

Stunt doubles and drivers have been a regular presence in Matera over recent weeks, with a second unit filming chase scenes around the town's winding, narrow streets. 

Explosive: A blood-spattered Daniel was thrown to the ground after the collision on the streets of Matera

Explosive: A blood-spattered Daniel was thrown to the ground after the collision on the streets of Matera

Focus: The star looked focused as he prepared to film more explosive scenes for the new film

Focus: The star looked focused as he prepared to film more explosive scenes for the new film 

Writing's on the wall? An injured Bond then lay on the ground as the dramatic scene came to an end

Writing's on the wall? An injured Bond then lay on the ground as the dramatic scene came to an end

Drama: The star was every inch the professional as he went through his scenes with the crew

Drama: The star was every inch the professional as he went through his scenes with the crew 

Dapper:  Daniel cut a dapper figure as he filmed the vicious fight scenes in the Italian city

Dapper:  Daniel cut a dapper figure as he filmed the vicious fight scenes in the Italian city 

Refreshed: The star sipped on some water as he filmed in the blazing sunshine of Matera, Italy
Refreshed: The star sipped on some water as he filmed in the blazing sunshine of Matera, Italy
Showtime: The actor showed off his hunky frame in a dapper suit

Refreshed: The star sipped on some water as he filmed in the blazing sunshine of Matera, Italy 

Bond's iconic car, a vintage DB5 Aston Martin, has also been a prominent feature since the production landed in Italy, with the vehicle either being pursued, or finding itself in hot pursuit of other vehicles throughout many of the new film's latest scenes.         

No Time To Die is co-written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge who was brought on board to sprinkle her magic on the script for the 25th movie in the film franchise based on Ian Fleming's hit novels.

The film had previously been given the working title Shatterhand, however the title has since been changed to match Bond's more iconic film titles.

Production finally kicked off in April of this year, though it had already been delayed by several months following the departure of original director Danny Boyle.  

The film, which also stars Naomie Harris, Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw, sees Rami Malek take on the role of an as-yet-untitled villain.

Die Another Day: Daniel and his co-star were seen chatting between takes before practicing once more
Die Another Day: Daniel and his co-star were seen chatting between takes before practicing once more

Die Another Day: Daniel and his co-star were seen chatting between takes before practicing once more 

That last hand nearly killed me: James appeared shaken and stirred as he fell to the ground after the fist fight

That last hand nearly killed me: James appeared shaken and stirred as he fell to the ground after the fist fight 

Licence to chill: Daniel took a quick break between takes as he prepared for more action scenes

Licence to chill: Daniel took a quick break between takes as he prepared for more action scenes

Chat: The star sported fake blood on his temples as he chatted with the crew before filming commenced
Chat: The star sported fake blood on his temples as he chatted with the crew before filming commenced

Chat: The star sported fake blood on his temples as he chatted with the crew before filming commenced

But it has suffered a turbulent production process in recent months after Craig suffered a nasty ankle injury while filming a separate chase sequence in Jamaica, the spiritual home of Bond creator Ian Fleming.

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'.

Coming soon: No Time To Die is due for release on April 3, 2020 and April 8 in the USA

Coming soon: No Time To Die is due for release on April 3, 2020 and April 8 in the USA 

Scenic: Daniel looked focused as he took in his scenic surroundings before filming another dramatic scene

Scenic: Daniel looked focused as he took in his scenic surroundings before filming another dramatic scene

Dapper: The star oozed debonair charm in his cream suit as he prepared to film another scene
Dapper: The star oozed debonair charm in his cream suit as he prepared to film another scene
Dapper: The star oozed debonair charm in his cream suit as he prepared to film another scene

Dapper: The star oozed debonair charm in his cream suit as he prepared to film another scene 

Chat: The star was ready for action as he prepared for another day of filming on the hotly anticipated film

Chat: The star was ready for action as he prepared for another day of filming on the hotly anticipated film

Handsome: Daniel showed off his hunky frame in the sharply tailored suit as he prepared to film

Handsome: Daniel showed off his hunky frame in the sharply tailored suit as he prepared to film 

There it is: Bond's iconic Aston Martin DB5 was at the centre of the action as filming continued on Tuesday

There it is: Bond's iconic Aston Martin DB5 was at the centre of the action as filming continued on Tuesday

The British star was said to have flown to New York City for treatment, but was thought to be 'furious' that he injured himself after months of gruelling preparation for the role.  

Meanwhile over at the UK's Pinewood Studios three explosions went off on set after a stunt went wrong during filming last month.

Health and Safety officials arrived on the set of the beleaguered movie after an explosion ripped a hole in a sound stage and injured a member of the crew.

The official Twitter account for the 007 franchise confirmed the blasts, with a post saying: 'During the filming of a controlled explosion on the set of Bond 25 today at Pinewood Studios, damage was caused to the exterior of the 007 Stage.

Back together: No Time To Die will see Lea Seydoux reprise her role as Dr Madeleine Swann (above with Cary and Daniel last week)

Back together: No Time To Die will see Lea Seydoux reprise her role as Dr Madeleine Swann (above with Cary and Daniel last week)

 

James Bond star Daniel Craig engages in brutal fist-fight as filming continues on No Time To Die

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