Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of the 23rd James Bond adventure, SKYFALL, announced today that the character of Q will be making a welcome return to the Bond franchise and confirmed that the role will be played by British actor Ben Whishaw.
PPK Walther 9 mm in Skyfall
Skyfall will see us introduced to a new Q, played by Ben Whishaw - who we see handing Bond a Walther PPK/S 9mm short. But this is no run-of-the-mill firearm: James Bond is the only one who can use the gun on account of it being coded to his palm prints.
G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of the 23rd
James Bond adventure, SKYFALL, announced today that the character of Q
will be making a welcome return to the Bond franchise and confirmed that
the role will be played by British actor 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.”
Ben Whishaw will be seen later this year in the film adaptation of David Mitchell’s best selling novel, Cloud Atlas, alongside an all-star cast including Tom Hanks, Jim Sturgess and Halle Berry, and in the BBC’s Richard II. He will also be seen in the second series of The Hour for the BBC, in which he stars opposite Dominic West. His films include roles in Bright Star, The Tempest, Brideshead Revisited, I’m Not There, Stoned, Layer Cake, Enduring Love, The Trench, Mauvaise Passé, and the lead roles in My Brother Tom and Perfume opposite Alan Rickman and Dustin Hoffman. He has also starred in the hugely popular BBC TV drama Criminal Justice which saw him pick up the award for best actor at the 2009 Royal Television Society Awards, Best Actor at the International Emmy Awards 2009 and was nominated for Best Actor at the 2009 BAFTA Television Awards. He will appear in Michael Grandage’s production of Peter and Alice in the title role opposite Judi Dench in 2013.
BEN WHISHAW - Q
BEN WHISHAW föddes 14 oktober 1980 i Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Han utbildade sig vid Royal Academy of Dramatic Art och tog examen våren 2003.
Dessförinnan, 1999, hade Whishaw två tongivande biroller, dels i Skyttegraven (i regi av William Boyd) dels i Eskorten (regi Michel Blanc). Efter sin examen medverkade han i Kärlekens raseri, en filmatisering av Ian McEwans roman i regi av Roger Michell, och Layer Cake, regisserad av Matthew Vaughan. 2003 spelade han huvudrollen i den populära dramakomedin The Booze Cruise för ITV.
Whishaw har därefter uppträtt på teater i Londons West End, först i National Theatres teaterversion av Phillip Pullmans His Dark Materials och sedan som Hamlet i Trevor Nunns sprakande “ungdomsversion” av pjäsen på Old Vic. Whishaw fick lysande kritik för sin insats och nominerades till en Laurence Olivier Award 2005.
Under pjäsens spelperiod upptäckte Perfume-producenten Bernd Eichinger och regissören Tom Tykwer Whishaws exceptionella talang. Han spelade den ledande rollen som Grenouille i filmen Perfume 2006. Whishaw har också medverkat i filmen Stoned, där han spelade Keith Richards i Rolling Stones, också den 2006. Samma år var han med i filmen I’m Not Here, Todd Haynes filmporträtt av Bob Dylans liv, tillsammans med skådespelare som Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere och Christian Bale. Han återvände till teatern hösten 2006 för att medverka i Katie Mitchells uppsättning av The Seagull på National Theatre. Återigen fick han strålande recensioner och nominerades till en BAFTA Rising Star Award.
2008 spelade Whishaw rollen som Sebastian Flyte i En förlorad värld i regi av Julian Jarrold. Samma år var han också med i det mycket populära BBC-dramat Criminal Justice och han fick motta pris som bästa skådespelare vid 2009 Royal Television Society Awards, bästa skådespelare vid International Emmy Awards 2009 och var nominerad till bästa skådespelare vid 2009 BAFTA Television Awards. 2008 spelade han också huvudrollen i The Idiot på National Theatre.
2009 var återigen ett intensivt år för Whishaw. Han spelade poeten John Keats in Bright Star, huvudrollen i Mike Bartletts pjäs Cock och Ariel mot Helen Mirren och Russell Brand i The Tempest.
Whishaw spelade huvudrollen i BBC-serienThe Hour tillsammans med Dominic West och Romola Garai. Serien har beställts för en andra säsong senare i år. Närmast kommer han i titelrollen tillsammans med James Purefoy och Patrick Stewart i BBC:s version av Shakespeares Richard II, som skall sändas senare i år. Whishaw medverkar även i Cloud Atlas med Tom Hanks, Jim Sturgess och Halle Berry.
"Q: Age is no guarantee of efficiency James Bond:
"Q: Age is no guarantee of efficiency James Bond:
|Film biography Skyfall
The Quartermaster first meets 007 at the National Gallery in London under M's orders since the Q Branch hasn't finished setting up. While waiting, the young Q sits down beside Bond and engages him in polite conversation about the painting he appears to be studying - The Fighting Temeraire by English artist J. M. W. Turner. Asked what he sees in the painting, Bond dismissively replies "a bloody big ship." As 007 attempts to excuse himself, the man reveals that he is the new Quartermaster, much to Bond's amusement.
After mocking the Quartermaster for his youthful appearance, the boffin hazards that he "can do more damage on his laptop in his pyjamas than Bond can do in a year in the field." Commenting on 007's usefulness to MI6 he admits that "every now and again a trigger needs to be pulled." Bond quips, "Or not pulled. It's hard to know which in your pyjamas." The two formally acknowledge one another and exchange a friendly handshake, a mutual respect between the pair forming.
He then hands Bond the ticket to Shanghai and his new field equipment: a biometrically-encoded Walther PPK (coded to Bond's palm-prints) and a radio transmitter for tracing Bond's whereabouts in the field. 007 is rather underwhelmed by his new equipment, causing Q to retort "Were you expecting an exploding pen? We don't really go in for those anymore." Standing up to leave, Q wishes Bond luck and to return the equipment in one piece. Q is afraid of flying as mentioned by Eve Moneypenny when she arrives in Bond's hotel room in Macau.
After Bond arrested Silva, M orders Q to try and check his computer. Trying to break the code, proved to be difficult as Q quips that it's "like trying to solve a Rubik's cube that is fighting back." Bond soon tells him to stop and discovers a series of words which spell out 'Grandborough', that is an old tube station. Seeing the doors open, Bond realises Silva got into the system and runs to the detainment cell. Seeing a hacking warning, Q angrily yells to his techs to ask him how he got into the system. Seeing a message on the laptop, Q quickly tries to unplug it, but was too late and realises that Silva hacked them.
Getting contact from 007 while he was in pursuit of Silva, Q provided directions and found that getting caught was part of Silva's plan so he can escape. After hacking into the security cameras in the London Underground he quickly identifies Silva, who is disguised as a policeman and has Bond get on the train as it departs. Upon being told that Silva is after M, Q messages Tanner during the inquiry to get her out, but she refuses to rudely leave. After Bond rescued M from Silva's attack on the inquiry he quickly drives her away from the courtroom and heads to his apartments storage garage where he switches the car with his Aston Martin DB5. Bond instructs Q to leave an electronic trail for Silva to follow, a decision Mallory supports. While Bond drives M to Skyfall, Q begins to lay the trail of breadcrumbs for Silva and Bond and M set traps at Skyfall and await the arrival of Silva.
Following 007's suspension
he is reported After Bond asks him to make him disappear and Q
retorts that he answers directly to M and has a mortgage and and two
cats to feed, which Bonds threatens the lives of the cats if he
doesn't make him disappear.
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