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James Bond (Daniel Craig) will have yet another Q when Skyfall opens in theaters in November. British actor Ben Whishaw becomes the fourth actor to assume the role of 007’s Quartermaster, an expert in weapons technology and mechanical gizmos who equips Bond for each and every mission. We have our first shot of Whishaw in character, posted on 007.com.
It’s strange to realize that Craig hasn’t had a Q in his first two Bond efforts, though with Casino Royale being a reboot and Quantum of Solace picking up right where that first movie left off, Craig’s spy hasn’t had much of an opportunity to lounge around headquarters and be briefed on the latest inventions of the franchise’s mad scientist. “It’s a real thrill to confirm the return of Q in Skyfall,” producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement. “We are delighted to have this beloved character back in the series.”
As are we. Normally we’d be quick to argue that Whishaw’s has massive shoes to fill in Desmond Llewelyn, who played the character in 17 Bond films between 1963-1999. But John Cleese did an excellent job as Pierce Brosnan’s Q for The World is not Enough and Die Another Day, and now I’m getting accustomed to each new Bond getting a remade Q to follow along.
Whishaw will next be seen in the anticipated film adaptation of Cloud Atlas< with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. His other film roles include Bright Star, The Tempest and Layer Cake … also with Craig. Skyfall<./i> is the 23rd James Bond film. It will be directed by Sam Mendes, and will be in theaters on Nov. 9.