No, this is not the first day of shooting on the NEXT Bond movie. What you’re seeing here is a photo taken during a surprise visit Daniel Craig paid to Camp Bastion, home to 800 British troops in Afghanistan. Daniel arrived to show support for the troops, and to have a go on a Foxhound Protected Mobility vehicle in their driver training ground.
You can go ahead and put your own Aston Martin gag in here, if you like.
Daniel’s instructor, Force Master Driver Warrant Officer Class 1 Rob Ingham told the press: “We get quite a lot of visitors here, but having James Bond was special. He seemed to be pretty comfortable in the driving seat!”
Shortly after this, and a brief trip to the Heavy Weapons Range to play with some machine guns, he stopped by Bastion’s highly-regarded Role 3 Hospital, but not before delivering the first camp showing of Skyfall with a short introductory speech, much to the delight of everyone there.
Private Scott Craggs rounded things off nicely, saying: “It was really good morale for everyone – it’s a decent thing for him to take time to come out and visit everyone here.”