Ben Whishaw confirmed as Q in Skyfall
Story by Jack Foley
THE character of Q will be making a welcome return to the James Bond franchise in forthcoming movie Skyfall, 007 producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have confirmed.
The role will be played by Ben Whishaw, whose past films have included Bright Star, The Tempest, Brideshead Revisited, I’m Not There, Stoned, Layer Cake, Enduring Love, The Trench and lead roles in My Brother Tom and Perfume, opposite Alan Rickman and Dustin Hoffman.
Whishaw becomes the fourth actor to play Bond’s quartermaster affectionately known as Q.
The role began with Peter Burton as Major Boothroyd in Dr. No, followed by Desmond Llewelyn (in 17 Bond films between 1963-1999), and John Cleese (who appeared as Q’s assistant, R, in The World is Not Enough and was later promoted to Q in Die Another Day).
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli commented: “It’s a real thrill to confirm the return of Q in Skyfall™ played by the enormously talented, Ben Whishaw. We are delighted to have this beloved character back in the series.”
Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 in Skyfall™, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time.
In Skyfall™, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
The film is directed by Sam Mendes and opens at cinemas across the UK and Ireland on October 26, 2012.