Daniel’s wife Rachel lays down law
Action man Daniel Craig has promised to cut back on his James Bond stunts to remove the Spectre of yet more painful injuries.
He made the vow to give actress wife Rachel Weisz some Solace after she grew “worried sick” by the toll on his “broken body”.
The couple struck a deal as Craig, 49, signed up to play 007 in the next movie, out in 2019 and as yet untitled. The star insists on doing nearly all his own stunts and has said:
“I knackered my knee and had surgery, I’ve had my right shoulder recon- structed, my other knee operated on and my thumb got hurt.”
A close source says Rachel, 47, has lost sleep and can’t bear to see Craig tackling another round of what she calls “the boxing ring”. The insider said: “It’s a big bone of contention. Rachel doesn’t want him in agony again. None of his aches and pains have gone away completely.
“There’s a legacy to all these injuries and she lives with them. They’ve come to an agreement about how hard he will push himself and he is pulling back from the edge this time. It’s a prerequisite.”
But Gary Powell, Craig’s stunt co-ordi- nator, said it will be hard to get him to slow down.
He said: “He’s intrepid. It’s pretty hard to stop him. But he lives with the injuries and those aches and pains stay with you long after filming.”
“Daniel pushes himself very hard and does all his own car chases. But if you do stunts you have to be afraid or you don’t see the danger. He understands that.”
Craig has played Bond four times and is reported to be on £113million to be 007 twice more. But he has admitted he would love to match or beat the seven movies of the late Sir Roger Moore and admitted: “I want to go out with a bang.”