First Look at Ben Whishaw as the New Q in the New Bond, 'Skyfall'

Ben Whishaw as Q in Skyfall
Ben Whishaw as Q in Skyfall
Photo: Columbia Pictures / MGM

Throughout the years the James Bond gadget guru Q has been played by Peter Burton, Desmond Llewelyn and John Cleese and his introduction into the latest iteration of the franchise, featuring Daniel Craig as 007 will have its first appearance in Skyfall and will be played by Ben Whishaw and today we get our first look at the character in all his geeky glory.

The interesting thing about this is Whishaw is the youngest actor to ever take over the reigns as Q and should audiences warm to him and should he so choose, there is no telling how long he could play the character.

Llewelyn was 85 when he last played Q in 1999's The World is Not Enough starring Pierce Brosnan. By the time Skyfall hits theaters on November 9, Whishaw will only be 32. Just imagine if we had the same Q for the next 53 years... do you see the Bond franchise continuing that long? After all, Robert Pattinson said he'd be up to taking over the role... in 2032.

"Yeah, definitely, but more like 20 years [from now]," he said. "There'd be nothing worse than, like, 'Let's get a fresh-faced Bond!' That would be the worst idea in the world. After Daniel Craig, you have to have some baggage. It would be ridiculous to reinvent it as some young posh kid. Or, if it was, I'd have to be tortured in the first few scenes. I'd have to do the first film with one arm or something." At least he knows he's not ready.

  • blastor138

    Cleese played "R" not "Q".

    • Leandro Dubost

      In 'The World Is Not Enough', when he was first introduced, Bond joked about him being called R. Because there was still a Q (Llewelyn) in that movie.

      For the next one, 'Die Another Day', he oficially became Q.

  • Driver

    50 years until the Bond franchise dies
    I was going to ask that for the podcast but changed my mind at the last minute.

    Its an interesting choise for Q, because, if you are going to introduce him again, you need to change him a bit, and that is exactly what they did. Really excited for "Skyfall"

  • Leandro Dubost

    Cool, I always liked those Q scenes in the Bond movies.

    And I'm positive there will still be 007 in 50 years. I'm pretty sure nobody thought that James Bond would last through the 60's. Look where we are now!

  • Finn

    Yay Ben! One more Brit actor gets recognized for his talent. Now we have these theatre-trained actors in films--James McAvoy, Ben Cumberbatch, Andrew Garfield, Tom Hiddleston, and more...

  • gary james

    The rise and rise of young british actors,just as well really because barely anything is coming from stateside.

  • AJ

    I was a bit annoyed when then announced they were going young with Q but I'll wait and see how they play it. I'm kind of getting tired of the fantasy Hollywood is offering up the current generation that right out of high school/college they should expect to be running things.

    Even if he's a special genius, it's pretty ridiculous that someone so young would be the head Quartermaster for British Intelligence, and oversee all research and development.

    Although I'm still more annoyed at the decision to make Moneypenny an agent. For me, the whole point of her was to stand in for the British Populace. She was supposed to be an average citizen who romanticized Bond's job, and he flirted with her and loved her in a way but would keep her innocent. She was kind of the reason he did the job, with all that it entailed, so that the average people could stay safe and not suffer the guilt of what needed to be done to secure that safety. If she's just another Bond girl, then she's rather pointless in this new series... A recognizable name only.

    I think they sometimes lose the point of things in trying to come up with new twists on reintroducing characters.

    • Carson Dyle

      He's 31. He's not an infant.

      • AJ

        You really think people rise through the ranks of government agencies to the top job in their fields by 31? Did everyone in their forties and fifties with decades more experience take an early retirement?

        • Gabriel

          It actually makes sense to cast a relatively young Q. It breathes new life into the role and when most people think of a tech whiz the person they think of is a young man.

        • jbob

          Don't you think with that kind of job they'd hire people based on merit? I mean, you think the CIA is not going to hire the smartest code breaker just because of age do you?

          • Gabriel

            Calm down man. It's a movie and it's not real life.