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Ben Whishaw cast as Q in Bond movie Skyfall

Ben Whishaw in Criminal Justice

Interview by Rob Carnevale

BEN Whishaw is to take on the iconic role of Q in new James Bond movie Skyfall, his agent has confirmed.

The role of 007’s gadget designer was made famous by Desmond Llewelyn, who first took on the part in From Russia With Love.

It was more recently played by John Cleese, opposite Pierce Brosnan, in 2002’s Die Another Day.

Whishaw’s casting marks a coup for the character, however, in that he is 12 years younger than James Bond himself – a first for the character.

Whishaw’s involvement in Skyfall was first revealed earlier this month when the name of the new Bond movie was officially unveiled at a London press conference

At that time, however, neither the producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson nor director Sam Mendes could reveal why he played.

Whishaw is a diverse character actor who most recently starred in the BBC’s 1950s news drama The Hour.

He is also due to play Richard II opposite Rory Kinnear in a new BBC Shakespeare adaptation that will form part of next year’s cultural programming to coincide with The Olympics.

The actor’s other notable roles include Criminal Justice, Brideshead Revisited and the literary big screen adaptation of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.

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