Q has become a very prominent character over the lengthy history of the James Bond franchise. He’s the dude who equips Bond with all of the latest spy gadgets, and most every Bond movie made has at least one scene where some actor portraying the tech wizard (guys like Desmond Lleweyn and John Cleese), gets to give Bond the rundown of all the latest and deadliest gizmos. But ever since Daniel Craig became the new Bond, things have changed. The Craig-starring Bonds have re-imagined the franchise to be something grittier and more reality-based. These days Bond is more likely to just cave in your face with his fists then he is to hit you with a taser hidden inside of a fountain pen. So in the last two Bond films, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, there hasn’t been a Q at all.
Don’t fret fans of classic, cheesy Bond. The newest Bond film, now officially titled Skyfall, is set to bring Q back, and according to the BBC, he will now be played by Ben Whishaw. Who’s Ben Whishaw, you might be asking? Probably you’re not British. He’s a young actor who’s been turning heads on the BBC’s drama about 50s era news rooms The Hour, and he’s also set to play Richard II in a new BBC adaptation of the Shakespeare work. Fans in the States, on the other side of the pond, might even recognize him from his role in Julie Taymor’s version of The Tempest. If you’re into that sort of thing.
Whishaw is the youngest guy to ever play Q (Maybe? I’m making bold statements!). Normally he’s an old man to Bond’s young stud, but this time Whishaw is actually a little over a decade younger than Craig. If he impresses in the role, this could set him up in a cushy gig playing a new generation’s Q for a very long time coming. Factor this high profile gig in with the fact that Whishaw is also cast in the sure to be head turning adaptation the Wachowskis are doing of the hit novel “Cloud Atlas,” and the actor could become a household name pretty quick.
If this guy existed as stock, now would probably be the time to invest in him.