WATCH: Ben Whishaw Gives Us a Younger ‘Rebooted’ Q in ‘Skyfall’

Ben Whishaw as Q (Photo: MGM)

Yesterday, we got our first extended look at The Hour‘s Ben Whishaw as James Bond’s gadget expert Q. It’s another in a line of clips MGM has released to build momentum to the U.S. release of Skyfall on November 9.

This is a quiet but clever scene, demonstrating Whishaw’s ability to play sharp but ruffled geniuses (like his Freddie character on The Hour) and giving us a glimpse of the “rebooted” Quartermaster, a character last played by a decade ago by John Cleese.

Whishaw compares Skyfall‘s version of Q to Facebook’s famous founder, telling Digital Spy: “I’m so much younger than the character has been traditionally played, he had to be real as a young man. I think the writers did a brilliant job of finding this Mark Zuckerberg, computer hacker, genius person who feels sort of familiar to us now in our culture. That’s where so much of our lives happen now, on the internet and cyberspace. It felt great to reinvent the character in that place.”

What did you think of this first look at Ben Whishaw’s Q?

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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