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James Bond’s Q Is a Woman In Real Life, Says Head of MI6.

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James Bond’s Q Is a Woman In Real Life, Says Head of MI6.
In the James Bond films, the character Q heads the fictional research and development division of MI6 and provides Bond with all of the gadgets he needs on his various missions. Though the character has always been played by a man since the first Bond film in 1962, CNN reports that the real head of MI6 Alex Younger has now revealed that “the real-life Q is a woman,” though her actual identity obviously remains a secret. Watch the video unpacking the news below.

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“Glass ceilings are being broken,” says former Chief of Disguise for the CIA Jonna Mendez. She believes that a woman might bring “an empathy, an ability to communicate with people, a kind of softness, not so much of an edge, but a natural ability to
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'Skyfall' Ben Whishaw on Q: 'He represents battle between old and new'

'Skyfall' Ben Whishaw on Q: 'He represents battle between old and new'
Skyfall actor Ben Whishaw has said his incarnation of Q plays a central role in the upcoming James Bond film. Q has been portrayed on the big screen by the likes of Desmond Llewelyn, Peter Burton and John Cleese over the last 50 years, but Whishaw said his version of the character differs from his predecessors. "Q sort of represents something in Skyfall, one of the conflicts in the film, which is between the 'old' and the 'new'," Flicks and Bits quotes him as saying. "It's a battle and a theme that runs through Skyfall, between the way the world is going now and the way that the intelligence services are traditionally run. He's (more)
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‘Skyfall’ Clip Introduces 007′s New Quartermaster

Keep your superheroes and demigods, I’ll take a sharp-dressed Brit with a gun and a penchant for philandering any day. James Bond has returned after a time of uncertainty and he’ll be gracing the big screen again in Skyfall, due November 9. Early reviews have been positive. Those who hated Quantum of Solace (which I quite liked) seem to be back on the Bond bandwagon, while those who enjoyed Quantum also seem to be in good spirits for the 23rd installment. All around, it seems as if we’re in for quite a ride. But more on that later. First, we get a new clip introducing Ben Whishaw as the new Q, or Quartermaster. He’s the man (or in this case, slightly overgrown boy) who provides Bond with all of those fancy gadgets. Wishaw follows a long line of stellar actors who’ve played Q in the past, including
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New Clip from Skyfall Focuses on Ben Whishaw’s Q

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Yet another clip from director Sam Mendes’ James Bond film Skyfall has been released, and this time the focus is on the Daniel Crag-era’s new Q. Ben Whishaw steps into the gadgets expert role previously played by Peter Burton, Desmond Llewelyn, and John Cleese, bringing a wholly fresh take on the staple character. It’s been a decade since we’ve seen Q portrayed onscreen (2002’s Die Another Day), and I’m eager to see whether he fits into the larger plot of Skyfall or if he’ll be resigned to a couple of self-contained scenes. Hit the jump to watch the clip, and click here to watch four more clips. The film also stars Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Helen McCrory, and Ralph Fiennes. Skyfall opens internationally on October 26th, in Us IMAX theaters on November 8th, and in Us conventional theaters on November 9th.
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Confirmed: Ben Whishaw To Play Q In Skyfall

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of Skyfall., the 23rd James Bond adventure, confirmed that the character of Q will be making a welcome return to the Bond franchise and the role will be played by Ben Whishaw.

Whishaw becomes the fourth actor to play Bond.s quartermaster affectionately known as Q. The role began with Peter Burton as Major Boothroyd in Dr. No, followed by Desmond Llewelyn (in 17 Bond films between 1963-1999), and John Cleese (who appeared as Q.s assistant, R, in The World is Not Enough and was later promoted to Q in Die Another Day).

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli commented, .It.s a real thrill to confirm the return of Q in Skyfall. played by the enormously talented Ben Whishaw. We are delighted to have this beloved character back in the series..

Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming.s James Bond
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First image of Ben Wishaw as Q in Skyfall

I'm not really sure if this was meant to be a secret seeing as we've known about it for some time, but Skyfall producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have today announced that the technical whizz Q is set to return to the 007 franchise for Bond's 23rd (official) adventure, with Ben Wishaw (Bright Star, Cloud Atlas) stepping into the role previously portrayed on screen by Peter Burton, Desmond Llewelyn and John Cleese.

Accompanying the announcement was the first official shot of Wishaw in character, which arrived online via EW...

Directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty), Skyfall sees Daniel Craig returning for a third outing as 007. According to the official synopsis, Bond's loyalty to M (Judi Dench) is tested when her past comes back to haunt her and, when MI6 comes under attack, the super spy must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
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First look at Q in 007's new 'Skyfall' movie

We have added a first look image of the new Q in Columbia Picture's latest 007 James Bond movie, "Skyfall." The original gadget genius, and iconic character from the Bond movies, will this time be played by 31 year old Englishman, Ben Whishaw.The character Q (Quartermaster) has been played by the likes of Peter Burton, Desmond Llewelyn, and John Cleese in past 007 movies, but has been absent from the latest releases of the popular film series.007's "Skyfall" is set for release across the UK from October 26th and the Us from November 9th.In Skyfall, Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy
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First look at Ben Whishaw as Q on set of new James Bond film Skyfall

James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli confirmed today that the character of Q will be making a welcome return to the 007 franchise in new film Skyfall - with the role played by Ben Whishaw.

The first official image of Whishaw on set, with Daniel Craig in the background, has been sent to us and is featured below. The image above shows Ben at a BAFTA awards ceremony in London.

Whishaw becomes the fourth actor to play Bond's quartermaster affectionately known as Q. The role began with Peter Burton as Major Boothroyd in Dr No, followed by Desmond Llewelyn in 17 Bond films between 1963 and 1999. After that, John Cleese appeared as Q's assistant R in The World is Not Enough before his promotion to Q in Die Another Day.

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli commented: "It's a real thrill to confirm the return of Q in Skyfall,
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Sony And Eon Productions Confirm Ben Wishaw Will Play "Q" In "Skyfall"

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Cinema Retro has received the following press announcement from Sony and Eon Productions.

Culver City, Calif., July 12, 2012 – Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of Skyfall™, the 23rd James Bond adventure, confirmedtoday that the character of Q will be making a welcome return to the Bond franchise and the role will be played by Ben Whishaw.

Whishaw becomes the fourth actor to play Bond’s quartermaster affectionately known as Q. The role began with Peter Burton as Major Boothroyd in Dr. No, followed by Desmond Llewelyn (in 17 Bond films between 1963-1999), and John Cleese (who appeared as Q’s assistant, R, in The World is Not Enough and was later promoted to Q in Die Another Day).

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli commented, “It’s a real thrill to confirm the return of Q in Skyfall™ played by the enormously talented, Ben Whishaw. We are delighted to have
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First Photo of New Q in James Bond’s Skyfall

Gadget wizard Q has always been behind the nifty toys that help James Bond save the world, but he’s been curiously absent in the world of espionage for the last couple of films. Finally, Q is back to help 007, and this gadget-meister is geared towards the modern moviegoer.

Of course, when I say modern, I mean younger because Q has always had a few miles on him. Whether you look at the first Q, played by Peter Burton, the latest incarnation of the gadget king, portrayed by John Cleese, or the man who will forever be Q in my mind, Desmond Llewelyn, youthful is not a word that normally springs to mind. This new guy looks like he was recruited right off a college campus.

To give the new and younger Q some credit, he’s being portrayed by Ben Whishaw, a British actor that proved he had some
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Skyfall Gets a Geeky Q: First Look at Ben Whishaw in Character

Times has certainly changed since Sean Connery became James Bond and today when Daniel Craig will take his third turn at the super spy in Skyfall later this year.

As Bond has gotten a little younger and more in shape in the evolution to Craig, so will the character of Q in Skyfall. Assuming the role of Bond's gadget-guru is Ben Whishaw, a young actor about half the age of anyone whom has played Q in a previous Bond flick (Peter Burton, Desmond Llewelyn, John Cleese).

This new younger Q more resembles an Ivy League tech-nerd with thick-rimmed glasses and a tie. He looks like his humor will be as dry as the Sonoran desert which should make for some good banter with Mr. Bond.

Skyfall will see the return of James Bond 007 to theaters when it opens on November 9 in North America.

Source: EW
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Comic-con 2012: Skyfall Photo Reveals Ben Whishaw as Q

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Comic-con 2012: Skyfall Photo Reveals Ben Whishaw as Q
Fan favorite Q is being brought back to the James Bond franchise with Skyfall, where he will appear for the first time opposite Daniel Craig's 007 since the franchise returned in 2006 with Casino Royale. We have the first photo of Q, as played by Ben Whishaw.

Peter Burton first played the iconic character in 1962's Dr. No. Desmond Llewelyn then assumed the role from 1963 to 1999, and was replace by John Cleese from 1999 to 2002. Ben Whishaw is the youngest actor to ever take on the part.

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli had this to say about the return of Q.

"It's a real thrill to confirm the return of Q in Skyfall played by the enormously talented, Ben Whishaw. We are delighted to have this beloved character back in the series."

In further 007 news, we also have the first trailer for the upcoming video game 007 Legends, which comes from Activision.
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Q. Gets Downgraded Into a Bespeckled Nerd in Skyfall

Apparently the new Q. in “Skyfall”, the latest James Bond flick by Sam Mendes, is younger and “hipper”. Or at least, younger and nerdier than we’ve previously known him. (I don’t know about the hipper part. I’m just guessin’, is all.) I wonder if he’ll also still be a sarcastic grouch, too? In any case, the good folks at Broccoli Nation have released your first official look at young Mister Ben Whishaw as Bond’s new gadget master, Q. Whishaw becomes the fourth actor to play the character, following in the footsteps of Peter Burton, John Cleese, and of course, the longest-running Q. of them all, Desmond Llewelyn. The 23rd Bond film, “Skyfall” finds Bond and MI6 battling bad guys targeting M (Judi Dench). It gets hairy and violent, but fortunately Bond still has his martini to calm his nerves. (What, he doesn’t?) The sky
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The First Look at Ben Whishaw as Q in Skyfall

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Sony have officially released the news that we all knew anyway that Ben Whishaw is set to play the role of Q in the latest James Bond movie, Skyfall. As well as releasing the news, they’ve also given us our first look at Whishaw in the obligatory white coat! If you look carefull, you can also see James Bond (Daniel Craig) loitering in the background.

Whishaw becomes the fourth actor to play Bond’s quartermaster affectionately known as Q. The role began with Peter Burton as Major Boothroyd in Dr. No, followed by Desmond Llewelyn (in 17 Bond films between 1963-1999), and John Cleese (who appeared as Q’s assistant, R, in The World is Not Enough and was later promoted to Q in Die Another Day).

Skyfall hits cinemas 26tyh October. Full press release is below. Click the image to enlarge.

Culver City, Calif., July 12, 2012 – Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli,
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First Look at Ben Whishaw as the New Q in the New Bond, 'Skyfall'

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?
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[First Look] Ben Whishaw Brings Q Back To James Bond In ‘Skyfall’

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James Bond is finally getting his gadget master back. Absent in the Daniel Crag films thus far, which opted for a grittier take on the character, we’ve missed the quip-filled character of Q. Akin to Batman’s Lucius Fox, the MI6 go-to man in technology has been portrayed by John Cleese, Peter Burton as well as Desmond Llewelyn, who racked up the most appearances in previous films. He’s now back, and taking the form of Ben Whishaw.

Much younger and most certainly geekier-looking than the previous incarnations, Entertainment Weekly has our first glimpse at the Bright Star and I’m Not There actor showing off some new tech, as Daniel Craig looks on in the background. The 31-year-old English actor is in for a strong year, as he also has a major role in the Wachowski‘s Cloud Atlas, which re-teams him with director Tom Tykwer, after working
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'Skyfall' first look: Ben Whishaw is the new Q! -- Exclusive

'Skyfall' first look: Ben Whishaw is the new Q! -- Exclusive
The first two James Bond films starring Daniel Craig famously took things back to basics — no cartoonishly eccentric über-villain, no wildly over-the-top secret lair, and no over-elaborate sci-fi gadgetry. Most of the changes were quite welcome, but that last one also meant the loss of one of the franchise’s most beloved characters: Q, the master of spy technology at MI6 and a sharp comic foil for Agent 007.

EW is happy to confirm that Q will return in the latest James Bond film, Skyfall, as played by actor Ben Whishaw (Bright Star, I’m Not There, Perfume). Q will aid
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Books & Drugs & Rock & Roll: Peter Burton 1945-2011

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In a life that could have stepped straight from the pages of his beloved Dickens, albeit a 20th century and queer version, Peter William Burton was a boy of humble Hackney origins, born as the Second World War staggered to a close, who by dint of an extraordinary passion for books blazed a fascinating trail. His father was homosexual. Common of many of his kind, then persecuted, he married as a means of disguise. Like father like son, but their shared sexuality gave them nothing in common. What it created was an unhappy backdrop for growing up, and a desire to leave home and school as soon as possible. When he read the eulogy at his father's funeral, he stated, "George Burton was an old bugger!" Most of those gathered assumed he was being affectionately ribald. He was in fact being bluntly truthful. It is a great shame that he
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James Bond Retrospective: From Russia With Love (1963)

As James Bond prepares for his 23rd official outing in Skyfall and to mark next year’s 50th Anniversary of one of the most successful movie franchises of all time I have been tasked to take a retrospective look at the films that turned author Ian Fleming’s creation into one of the most recognised and iconic characters in film history.

Following the huge success of the first James Bond film Dr. No, producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman were keen to start production on a follow-up. With United Artists offering the pair $2 million, double the budget of Dr. No, to quickly get a sequel in the works Broccoli and Saltzman were left to decide which of Fleming’s novels to adapt next.

In an interview with Life magazine the then Us President John F. Kennedy had mentioned the Bond novel From Russia With Love in a list of his top ten favourite books.
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Ben Whishaw is Q in New James Bond Film Skyfall

We recently heard that Ben Whishaw (Perfume) has been cast in the upcoming James Bond movie "Skyfall." And now comes word that he'll be playing the role of MI6 gadget expert Q. Whishaw will play the youngest Q in the history of the Bond franchise. So young, that he's actually younger than James Bond (Daniel Craig). Other actors who played the role are Peter Burton, Desmond Llewelyn, and John Cleese. Sam Mendes (American Beauty) is set to direct the 23rd Bond installment, which co-stars Judi Dench and Javier Bardem. It is scheduled to hit theaters on November 9th, 2012.
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