Welcome to the big time, Ben Whishaw! The 31-year-old Brit has been cast as Q in “Skyfall,” the 23rd James Bond film.
If you’ve only seen the Bond movies of the Daniel Craig era, you may not be familiar with Q, so here’s some background info: Q is not really a name, but a job description (like Judi Dench’s M). As the head of MI6’s Q division, Q provides our hero with all of the gadgets he requires to get his missions done. Need an invisible car? Underwater jet pack? Explosives disguised as toothpaste? Then Q’s your man!
Though Q was MIA from “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace” he’d been a fixture in Bond flicks since the Sean Connery days. Desmond Llewelyn played Q in 17 of the movies, followed by John Cleese who handled the job twice (first as Q’s assistant R) for Pierce Brosnan’s Bond.
Ben Whishaw has acted with Daniel Craig twice before, in “Layer Cake” and “Enduring Love,” both from 2004. But his casting marks an intriguing change in the Bond world – for the first time, Q will be younger than 007. It seems fitting: the young tech geek ushering the stodgy spy into a new digital age. We can’t wait to see what super-cool doodad Q will come up with next.
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