Bond star Daniel Craig was reportedly flown 3,000 miles last from the set of Spectre last week, to undergone surgery for a knee injury suffered while filming. The action star is expected back on set of the latest 007 adventure on April 22nd, but his absence should not cause any further delays to filming.

Daniel CraigDaniel Craig in Spectre

According to British newspaper The Mirror, Craig was flown from Mexico City to New York for the procedure last week. On Monday morning he was said to have been spotted with a weekend bag, apparently ­leaving for the clinic where he was due to have the surgery.

A source told the newspaper “Craig has been struggling with his knee since he first hurt it in the Alps in January. His body has taken a hell of a battering while filming Bond, because he ­really throws himself wholeheartedly into a very demanding part.”

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“He took the opportunity to have this surgery done while there was a chance to film scenes in which he was not needed. He expects to be back to meet his schedule and we are confident he will be fully fit again and there will be no delays.”

A spokesperson for Eon Productions, which is behind the Bond franchise later denied any reports that Craig had missing several days of filming over what was described as a ‘minor procedure’.

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“During a scheduled break, Daniel Craig had arthroscopic surgery to repair his knee injury. He will rejoin production on April 22nd at Pinewood,” the spokesperson said.

Spectre is the 24th instalment of the James Bond franchise and is Craig’s fourth outing as the MI6 agent. The film is due for worldwide release on November 6th and also stars Christopher Waltz, Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes and Dave Bautista in supporting roles.