Q

The James Bond Files

No single character that spans more than twenty films can do it on his or her own, and James Bond is no exception. While James Bond is unquestionably the focus of the Bond films, he is supported by various key characters over the years. Some of these characters have been essential in setting him up on his missions, while others have been there to offer comic relief or general background. While James Bond is the only character who has appeared in every single James Bond movie ever made, certain characters have helped in out in almost every one. In fact, if you’re talking the legacy of James Bond, some of the actors behind the supporting characters have been featured in the most movies over the years. When the Bond franchise was rebooted in 2006 with Casino Royale, some of these characters were lost completely while others were left to be introduced in later films, but they have been as essential to the franchise as the gadgets, guns and girls that change from film to film

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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 […]

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Here’s something you won’t hear me say very often – thank you, Hollywood. David Gordon Green has long been my go-to choice when naming my favorite contemporary filmmaker, what with his stunning works like George Washington, All the Real Girls, Snow Angels, even his crack at a thriller, Undertow. DGG’s first four features were all finely tuned dramas that, while all different, seemed to fit into one vision – one clear, dramatic, character-driven vision. And then came Pineapple Express. While I am a fan of DGG’s stoner comedy, there’s a part of me that hates it, because his success with that film led directly to his ability to make the dismal Your Highness, and a continued spiral into films that seem to rely on cheap comedic conceits for the giggles (marijuana! medieval thingies! James Franco!). Next up, The Sitter, a Jonah Hill-starring affair that, at worst, looks like a direct rip-off of Adventures in Babysitting. Are my expectations low? Yes. And that does not make me happy to type. But there may be a light at the end of the tunnel. Columbia Pictures is reportedly in final negotiations to buy the rights to Evan Mandery‘s novel “Q,“ which was published just this last August. Should the deal go through, Green would write and direct the adaptation, which is blissfully described as “an unconventional love story.” Swoon.

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