This is the actor Ben Whishaw. He is famous for appearing in such notable movies as Bright Star, I’m Not There, and Perfume, in which he took the lead role:
Ben currently has a new job, playing one of the more iconic roles in British cinema, opposite one of the most iconic roles in British cinema. He’s playing Q – the tech-obsessed gadgetician for MI5 who spends a good portion of his on-screen time telling James Bond not to be such a massive child with his inventions – in the new Bond movie Skyfall.
The brilliant thing about the casting of Ben in this role is that he’s little more than a child himself, especially compared to the flinty-eyed Bond of Daniel Craig. You’ll notice there haven’t been any gadget briefings from Q in the last two Bond movie, and so Ben will be the first Q to offer such a service to this Bond. And the first Q to be younger than the Bond he’s telling off.
Previous Qs have included John Cleese, Peter Burton, and the peerless Desmond Llewelyn, so there’s definitely going to be a slight change of tack from the irascible old boffin.
He’s going to be an irascible young boffin instead.