Ben Whishaw To Play Q in New James Bond Film, 'Skyfall'

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It would appear Daniel Craig's third stint as James Bond in what has been officially titled Skyfall will bring more than one familiar franchise character back into the fold. Naomie Harris is already confirmed to play Miss Moneypenny, a character that is first known as a field agent named Eve, and now previously reported cast member Ben Whishaw has been confirmed as gadget maestro Q.

Outside of a brief appearance in 1962's Dr. No under his real name Major Boothroyd, Q was first featured in the Bond franchise by Desmond Llewelyn in 1963's From Russia with Love all the way through The World Is Not Enough. After Llewelyn passed away in 1999, the character was portrayed by John Cleese in Die Another Day.

Q is the head of Branch Q, the fictional armory division of MI6 and was not seen in Casino Royale or Quantum of Solace, both of which were early missions in what amounts to a reboot of the franchise. Whishaw is 12 years younger than Daniel Craig, which will mark the first time the Q character is younger than Bond.

Now, of course, we have to wonder if rumors of the iconic Bond villain, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, are true. Like Q, Blofeld's first appearance in the franchise was in From Russia with Love. I've discussed the Blofeld rumors several times so if you need catching up just click here.

As for the Skyfall, it is set to hit theaters in the UK and Ireland on October 26, 2012 and in North America on November 9, 2012. The synopsis goes like this:

Bond's loyalty to M (Judi Dench) 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.

For more information on the film click here.

  • Carla Range

    I hope the gadgets will at least be realistic like the ones in the current Batman film series.

    • Feedback

      Sonar was realistic?

  • Leandro Dubost

    Is Harris really confirmed as Moneypenny? I read nowhere about it.

    • Will

      Agreed. That was the rumor, but I never thought she was confirmed to be Moneypenny. Maybe I missed it. Any link to where she was confirmed?

    • Brad Brevet

      I reported on it in my original story where the title was confirmed as Skyfall. The Daily Mail wrote: "No one from the production was giving anything away but Eve (Harris) will become the new Miss Moneypenny marking the first time the character has appeared in a Bond film since Samantha Bond played her in Die Another Day back in 2002."

      I wouldn't normally put much stock in what appears to be a rumor, but The Daily Mail and Baz Bamigboye were all over every single rumor having to do with the casting in this film and all of them turned out true.

  • Travis

    John Cleese was R. He was in The World is Not Enough as q's assistant, as they knew Q was not going to be around much longer

  • rattler76

    Yes but he was Q in Die Another Day. Thats why I expected him to be in this one and was quite looking forward to that.

    Cleese is a great Q so what's the problem here?
    He's skint (sort of) so his pay demands can't be that bad.

    I'm sure Ben Whishaw will be fine but it just won't feel exactly right to me.