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So Does Q Return To The Bond Series In SKYFALL? Why, Yes He Does!

Published at: Nov. 25, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST by Nordling

Nordling here.

So those crazy gadgets might be making their comeback in SKYFALL, the new James Bond film, if this BBC article is correct - the character of Q, the inventor for the British Secret Service who made the machinery that kept James Bond from getting into trouble, is returning to the franchise, to be played by Ben Whishaw, according to BBC News.

Interesting bit of casting, that - Q normally skews older than Bond.  Desmond Llewelyn famously played Q in many of the Bond films, and John Cleese played him in the Brosnan films, but I like the idea that Q is younger than Bond this time - makes sense considering today's technology.  The kids know how to program the DVR these days anyway, so the fact that Ben Whishaw is younger than Daniel Craig should be fairly accurate when it comes to the new technology we'll likely be seeing.

I'm sure people will be wondering if the return of Q will mean that this iteration of the Bond franchise would be lightening up in comparison to the last two films, as that character was more or less comedy relief in the older Bond films.  I don't think that really means anything like that - Q could be played for some laughs, I'd imagine, but I think the character is generally beloved by Bond fans and they will welcome his return to the series.  But I'm guessing that haircut isn't standard British Secret Service regulation.

Nordling, out.

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  • Nov. 25, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST

    "kids know how to program the DVR these days"

    by Voice O. Reason

    That's some airtight logic right there.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    I like this

    by palooka_boy

    I wondered if they'd ever bring in Q, and if they did whether they'd let John Cleese continue the role. But this casting seems better.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 9:24 a.m. CST

    As long as he doesn't tag along as comic relief that's fine

    by torontoxic

    If he's ever riding around in the Aston Martin with Bond delivering 1 liners then this is a shit decision.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Q is the one man that Bond fears and repects

    by Mugato5150

    He's not some punk douche from the CW Network. No offense to the kid personally, 'Im sure he's a fine actor. Is there anything they're doing right with this incarnation? Is it too late to get Brosnan back?

  • Yeah, the smartest man working on this kind of tech might be a guy just out of college, but he's not going to be running the show. Still, whatever... Audiences today need their Twilightish heartthrobs to hold their attention for 90+ minutes.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    "Q is the one man that Bond fears and respects"

    by Ed

    Uh... I don't remember this from the novels, but it sure as hell ain't true from the movies. Bond joked around with Desmond Llewellyn and played around with his toys. I never saw anything to indicated he was "feared and respected".

  • Second -- I'm trying to restrain my kneejerk reaction and justify this, but I can't. The best I can do is compare him the the younger female Q'ute from John Gardner's 1980s Bond books.

  • I don't know if there's anyone he respects *less* than Q. M (original) is the only one he fears and respects. The applies to the movies and the books.

  • And John Cleese didn't play "R", despite the off handed joke in The World is Not Enough and the video game. He was called Q in the terrible Die Another Day.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST

    the casting of a younger actor makes sense for another reason

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    EON is probabaly wanting to find another actor that can play the part for 3 or 4 decades like Llewelon did This guy looks like he's in his late twenties so he could potentially play Q for 50 years if they wanted him too. Craig is gonna eventually leave the role and Nobody wants another reboot so establishing the supporting cast now in these films makes total sense (they've already cast a younger Moneypenny as well) Now if they can just axe Dench as M and get back to the proper casting of a male in the role. Dench is a fine actress but the bond/M relationship works best as a father/son undertones, not a mother/son undertone

  • The kid is an inventive genius but Bond can't get past his youth.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST

    I'll take TWINE as canon over DAD any time

    by bah

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Hugh Laurie would have been a great Q.

    by davidwebb

    I've only seen Whishaw in The Hour, and I didn't find him especially likeable there, but I'll give him a chance. Nice to see they're trying to tread new ground here, but if you've ever watched Spooks/MI5, then Malcolm is the modern-day equivalent of what Q should be.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Sigh...

    by The_Skook

    ...rather cynical. Fear of age? Need to appeal to a yoof market? Methinks tis so... What next? Replace 'M' with Kristin Stewart?

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    The man Bond fears and respects...

    by SminkyPinky

    That would be the original M, Sir Miles Messervy, as played by Bernard Lee. And particularly in Connery and Lazenby's incarnations. Lee's M seemed to be a bit too friendly with Moore's Bond (lines like, "Well done, James" in The Spy Who Loved Me)

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Just no joining in a'la Ocotpussy

    by SminkyPinky

    Embarrassing stuff in a hot air balloon.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    A Q that actually knows his stuff

    by filmcoyote

    Loved Desmond Llewellyn but he was always a Q that didn't quite know how everything worked, Bond was always a (wry) step ahead of him. In this new Bond i can't see Craig's Bond being keen on gadgets so a tech-savvy boffin who's younger makes sense. Let's face it technological innovation tends to be a young man's world not a stuffy old guy. Plus Whishaw is 31 and you could easily have a division head, especially of a department like this, in his 30s. In WW2 MI5 and MI6 had quite a number of respected late 20s/early 30s operatives. As long as they keep the gadgets logical, think From Russia With Love's briefcase, rather than random outlandish things that happen to be exactly the right thing.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 10:02 a.m. CST

    I thought he was great as Odd-Bod Jr

    by BillCarson

    in Carry on Screaming.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Will he help Bond set up his Facebook page

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    I bet bond would be that one creepy friend that always pokes you

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 10:10 a.m. CST

    @filmcoyote

    by jamestewart007

    I agree with you about the practical gadgets. Bond never had any over the top stuff in the books. It was all cheesy, gieger counter hidden in a camera, type stuff. I think the most advanced thing he had was the tracking device he used to follow Goldfinger, and that was limited to a few miles. I could see them using gadgets like they did in the Casino Royal and Quantum where the stuff was only slightly more advanced then what we have on our cell phones. Giant computer screens on walls and tables, a laptop that can trace a cell phone call to the exact gps location it was made from. That all fits in today's world of possibility. This is supposed to be a real world James Bond, please keep it that way. And speaking of practical. Keep the computer graphics way far away from the stunts.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Oh for Gods sake....

    by paint163

    Stop getting Bond wrong!!

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    more logical gadgets, eg. From Russia with love briefcase

    by Ben

    I reckon that's exactly the sort of thing we'll likely end up seeing. Concealed versions of realistic equipment/weapons. Fits in with what we've seen of Craig-bond's gadgets so far, I don't think they're gonna be straying far from that, whether we see Q and his department or not. Ingenious gadget briefcases - likely. Invisible cars and rocket boats - probably not so much.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST

    well, he's a very good actor.

    by AsimovLives

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Hugh Laurie as Q? That's... brillant!!

    by AsimovLives

    Too bad it didn't happened. Oh well!

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 10:20 a.m. CST

    mugato, you actually prefer brosnan to daniel craig? wow

    by dahveed1972

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 10:21 a.m. CST

    maybe they will start having the cool gadgets again.

    by skiff

    That was always one of my favourite parts of the bond world. Maybe they will have a chip that goes in his brain to link him to the internet. A low tech version of the matrix.

  • thirties or forties sure, but thats the limit methinks

  • I was also disappointed that he stopped playing Nearly Headless Nick in the Harry Potter movies. MORE CLEESE! That aside, hopefully Q being in this means that they are moving back a bit towards the classic Bond formula. I am looking for a bit more fun from this one than I got from QoS (just a bit).

  • I'm loving the approach to Bond from the Craig movies, which seems to be far closer to the books then any other previous movies made before. I'm very fine with that. The way to fuck up this movies would be a return to the gadget bullshit of the Roger Moore era. The movies before Craig (excluding Lazemby's and Dalton's) were the deviations, not the Craig ones.

  • a tough guy, with cold eyes. an unrepentant womanizer, a killer, intelligent. in my opinion, the bond introduced in Casino Royale is actually more interesting than what Fleming sketched out in the early stories. Quantum was disappointing (a twenty minute epilogue stretched out to two hours), but im happy with the character.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Bitch, Bitch, Bitch, BLAH BLAH BLAH!!!!

    by notcher

    "Bring back Brosnan cuz Craig is different. Don't go with a younger Q, that isn't how Bond is, Q should be older, Bond should be more charming and less intense, PLEASE HOLLYWOOD, DON'T FOR GOD'S SAKE DO ANYTHING DIFFERENT! We want the same shit over and over and over!" My God, listen to yourselves, bunch of fucking whiny ass bitches who keep requesting that nothing changes even though Brosnan didn't make one Bond film nearly as good as Casino Royale, not that it was his fault, but it doesn't change the fact that Q and a less intense, one liner filled Bond sucked fucking balls. And may I suggest waiting till you actually see this younger actor play Q before you crucify his performance? I mean, you haven't even seen what his character is like yet, why don't you wait? Oh shit, this is AICN, where people come to complain and bitch about everything!

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    AND PLEASE, NO MORE FUCKING INVISIBLE CARS!!!!!!

    by SmokieGeezer

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Yes dahveed1972, I do prefer Brosnan's Bond

    by Mugato5150

    And yes, I've read most of the Bond novels and I understand that Craig's Bond is closer to the Bond of the novels. They said the same thing about Timothy Dalton during his interminably boring run. The Bond of the novels is a humorless brute. A stiff-ass British assassin. That's fine But as we all know, what works on the written page might not work on the screen. Brosnan's Bond was a cold blooded killer who would shoot unarmed women and assassinate anyone he needed to to get the job done. But he also looked like he was having fun while banging exotic women, chugging vodka and capping the bad guys while keeping his tie straight. That's what the Brosnan films had, questionable screenplays aside and that the Craig films don't have.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST

    I want to shave his hair off

    by robertdee

    and make him eat it.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Retire your pistol, switch to a Rail Gun...

    by zinc_chameleon

    I'd like to see Bond using cutting-edge technology, rather than WWII Weapons (the PPK was designed in 1939). How about a rail gun, fired from his forearm, that derives its power from his hidden-tech Saville Row suit? A lot of Bond's toys would be very clunky by today's standards; give me a rail gun that doesn't ruin the line of Bond's suit.

  • He's a fantastic actor.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST

    introducing John Ralphio as Q

    by Thisbathroomsnogoodfordoingcoke

    it actually makes alot more sense giving the role to a younger actor. i hope he dances 'all up on' M

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Fear not everyone, how much you wanna bet this new Q dies?

    by zillabeast

    And for the record, John De Lancie would have been the ultimate choice.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Ben Whishaw is too young to play Q even on the cartoon James Bond Jr.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    Though I think that character was named I.Q. Q was Q because he was Her Majesty's Quartermaster. A kid MI-6 quartermaster seems a bit unlikely.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    I thought Brian Cox played Q?

    by big_log

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Kids don't run divisions?

    by SA_Rhyno

    You're right, they run the entire organization.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    So is Q a Vampire or a Werewolf?

    by Lucasblows

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Still Baffled By How Dumb QoS Was

    by Crow3711

    How do you follow up the hands-down best action movie of the decade with that silly piece of shit. 60% of the water in bolivia? that's the plot? Yes, I know there are wider implications, but come on. That was a weird and boring movie.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST

    FAIL WHALE!!!!!!

    by Royston Lodge

    I officially give up on the Bond franchise.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Q now runs the MI6 IT support 800-number.

    by Royston Lodge

    "Have you tried turning it off and on again?"

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Layer Cake reunion

    by John Smirniotopoulos

    Given that these two worked together in Layer Cake, I'm banking on some good camaraderie on screen.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 11:41 a.m. CST

    COMB YOUR HAIR!!!

    by Dr. Zempf

  • where a ST:TNG character shows up in the rebooted ST:TOS. (Been watching TNG lately so have TNG characters on my mind :) ) Anyway, cool idea to have a younger Q in James Bond.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    If you don't think he has the chops, check out The Hour

    by loafroaster

    He's awesome in that.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    He looks like shit

    by SPACEHUNTER3-D

    This movie will suck

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    And Yes, Anyone Who Says Whishaw is a Bad Choice....

    by Crow3711

    Hasn't seen the kid act. He's pretty phenomenal. if you're gonna shake up the formula, this is the way to do it.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Casino Royale was the best action movie of the decade?

    by Mugato5150

    Well the foot chase with the parkour shit was skillfull I guess but really, what else? The riveting explanation of Texas Hold'em (why the fuck would they be playing Texas Hold'em)?

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Who cares? It's high time to end the Bond series.

    by Hesiod2k7

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    FINALLY!!!

    by DrMorbius

    A Q that will 'sparkle'!!!

  • with Bond as some kind of father figure to him.glad they did that.

  • right now.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Technically-speaking, he's still alive at the end of Layer Cake.

    by Royston Lodge

    He's still moving when the shot fades out.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Riddly scotts "Promitious":....i hope

    by TheAwareness

    PROMETHEUS CAST Elizabeth Shaw...Noomi Rapace Rayden Holloway...Logan Marshall-Green Meredith Vickers...Charlize Theron David 4.0...Michael Fassbender Jeremiah Janek...Idris Elba Theo Zedmore...Guy Pearce Logan...Ben Foster Ravel...Benedict Wong Chance...Emun Elliot Mudow...Kate Dickie Yuri...Rafe Spall Aldrich...Frank Kelly Francis...Sean Harris Siena...Tal Berkovich Lettap...James Payton Tembrook...Tuppence Middleton Earth. The beginnings of our world. In an opening montage, we watch as our primordial planet is terraformed and bioformed by seemingly all-powerful, Godlike alien entities…the ENGINEERS. The seeds of life are introduced to Earth for the first time by these fantastic extra-terrestrials, who have the power to create and manipulate both mechanical and biological matter at will. The montage ends as the earliest genetic recipe for life is sent forth from the Engineers’ massive, towering CITADEL in the dark desert. The desolate desert of Africa: 2085. The prehistoric ruins of the Engineers’ Citadel is discovered by a corporate construction team tasked with building a nuclear-powered comm-array in the wilderness. Amidst the ancient remains are found highly advanced, biomechanical relics with are determined to be of extra-terrestrial origin. This catches the attention of the mega-conglomerate WEYLAND-YUTANI CORPOTATION, who finances a massive archaeological excavation of the citadel in the hopes of reverse-engineering the alien biotech for financial gain. Running the operation is MEREDITH VICKERS, a cold, calculating corporate executive, who recruits intelligent and independent astrophysicist DR. ELIZABETH SHAW to head up the research team. Assisting Dr. Shaw are xenoarchaeologist DR. THEO ZEDMORE and her fellow astrophysicist DR. LOGAN. Shaw uncovers the secret of the citadel when she discovers a chamber of star charts, which seem to lead the way to the home planet of the Engineers. Also uncovered is evidence suggesting that the Engineers had a database of all life on Earth, and may even have been responsible for its creation including Man. In a partially-submerged MANHATTAN, Vickers meets with Dr. Shaw and an OPO, (Off-Planet-Officer), CAPTAIN JERAMIAH JANEK, and plans a space mission following the discovered star charts in an effort to find and make first contact with the Engineers. For the scientists and explorers onboard, it will be a journey of discovery, but for Vickers, it’s merely a way of obtaining new technology so that Weyland-Yutani may retain the lead in the competitive race to establish colonies off-world. The depths of space: 2090. A highly-advanced, top-of-the-line ISRV (Interstellar Research Vessel) PROMETHEUS decelerates as it reaches its target solar system. The vessel’s crew emerges from their cryo-chambers. Along with Elizabeth Shaw, Theo Zedmore, Logan, Meredith Vickers, and Captain Janek, the crew of the Prometheus is comprised of: First Officer MUDOW, Security Officer RAYDEN HOLLOWAY, Navigator CHANCE, Helm Officer RAVEL, Operations Android DAVID 4.0, Political Officer ALDRICH, Medical Officer FRANCIS, Engineer YURI, and Technical Officers SIENA, LETTUP, and TEMBROOK. The crew gets acclimated to their removal from cryo-sleep, their muscles in atrophy from five years without use. Holloway assists Shaw in her physical therapy exercises. The crew prepares for arrival at the home planet of the Engineers. Shaw and Holloway are instantly attracted to each other, initiating a romantic relationship. However, as they enter the Zeta 2 Reticuli star system, Prometheus encounters a massive disturbance which hadn’t appeared on scanners, one even more powerful than a black hole: a wormhole in space. Prometheus is sucked into the wormhole, and after a harrowing ride, emerges on the other end. The ship crashes on a barren planet, which the damaged computer system identifies as the mission’s final destination. The crew sets about attempting to repair the Prometheus, while Elizabeth Shaw leads a recon expedition to investigate nearby structures, which turn out to be a cavernous Engineer temple. Inside the temple, Shaw’s team encounters a bizarre BIO-BRAIN, a biomechanical humanoid face set within a towering pillar, as well as thousands of seemingly primitive URNS. David takes several of the urns back to the vessel for analysis. Investigating the urns, David discovers that they contain the genetic material for thousands of species within a viscous liquid called BIOFORMER which can rewrite any living organism on a cellular level. Basically, possession of the substance gives its owner the power to create life. Vickers interacts with David and seemingly innocently leads to the Bioformer infecting David through a cut in his finger. Within the depths of the Temple, we find several living Engineers who discover the transgression of the Humans, and remotely rewrite the stolen Bioformer to make it into a weapon. The Engineers capture Holloway and run a number of horrific experiments on him, injecting him with the Bioformer and allowing him to return to the vessel. Subsequently, the crew of the Prometheus begins to fall victim to the now weaponized substance, as the “carrier” Holloway injects Ravel, Zedmore, Francis, Siena, Lettup, and Tembrook. The victims begin to lose their humanity and slowly transform, experiencing nightmarish visions and hallucinations and making pilgrimages to the depths of the Temple to receive instructions from the Bio-Brain. Holloway, in particular, is resistant to the transformation, fighting against the alien influence with his feelings for Shaw and his responsibilities as security officer. Meanwhile, David finds that the Bioformer is making him into a biological being…making him Human. The crew also finds that their trip through the wormhole took them back hundreds of millions of years and they are actually stranded on primordial Earth, having moved through space and time. Eventually, as alien influence and the continued lurking presence of the Engineers becomes clear, the crew of the Prometheus turns on each other as the infected human victims fully mutate into PROTOFORMS: vicious, skeletal alien monstrosities which proceed to assault the unaffected Human crew through the halls of the Prometheus. Mudow, Logan, Chance, Aldrich, Yuri, and Janek end up being destroyed by the Protoforms. In a strange, erotic ceremony, the Protoforms seemingly mate with the Bio-Brain and each other to create thousands of EGGS, the first of a new generation of the monsters. Meredith Vickers is revealed to be a sleeper CONSTRUCT of the Engineers, who are still active in their far future and Shaw’s present due to the time-travelling abilities of the wormhole. Vickers was grown in an Engineer lab but escaped, fleeing to Earth while always wanting to her find creators and take their power. The Engineers activate Vickers’ secondary GENE PROGRAMMING, and she transforms into an ALPHA PROTOFORM: the STAR BEAST. At last, the two remaining crew members, Elizabeth Shaw and David, seek to confront the Engineers in the Temple. The Godlike entities prove to be utterly evil, and David sacrifices himself as he’s dissolved in the LIFE SEED BIOFORMER which is the basic genetic recipe for MAN: the former android David, it turns out, is the basis for all Mankind. Shaw is captured by Holloway, but he regains enough of his humanity to remotely activate an Engineer vessel for Shaw’s escape, then holds the other Protoforms and Engineers at bay. As Shaw escapes, she finds herself in the midst of the initial Engineer terraforming of Earth which we had witnessed in the opening montage, chased by the former Meredith Vickers who is now the gigantic, horrific Star Beast. Shaw makes to her escape vessel which blasts off for the wormhole, Holloway fighting the Star Beast with both falling into the wormhole and disappearing. An Engineer PILOT detaches from the Temple in a FAMILIAR VESSEL and follows Shaw, but is lost in the wormhole. Shaw emerges above the Earth of her present day; however, she’s deemed insane and responsible for the loss of her expedition and confined to a psychiatric hospital by the Company. It’s implied that there are at least some of those who believe Shaw’s tale, but have silenced her as part of a cover-up. In the final scene, we see the vessel of the Engineer that was chasing Elizabeth Shaw emerge from the wormhole in the Zeta 2 Reticuli star system, still in the prehistoric past, and crash on a nearby planetoid, the Engineer Pilot helplessly lost and the EGGS in the ship’s cargo hold stirring as something alive moves from within… The Beginning

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Prometheus: fuck

    by TheAwareness

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    He's the son we never knew James Bond had by Moneypenny.

    by kabong

    It's all so precious. <p> Or is it precocious?

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Bond and gadgets

    by Hipshot

    The gadgets were perfectly advanced: for their time. The reviewers at the time rolled their eyes at some of those, as well. And while Bond didn't fear Q, he respected the hell out of him, routinely placing his life in Q's hands without ever testing anything. He KNEW he could rely on Q's brilliance, even if he was absent minded and scattered. His gadgets could always be trusted to work. You have to read between the lines: there was genuine affection between Q and Bond (this really came out in the Dalton movies), and the banter has to be interpreted in this light. Remember that Bond is the consummate professional, and his reliance upon Q's creations says all you need to know about respect.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Robert Sheehan as Q!

    by Randy

  • Put extra butter on it, "Q."

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST

    killik

    by Ace of Wands

    can't think of a English MILF actress? Not even Alex "River Song" Kingston?

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Never understood the Invisible Car hate

    by Hipshot

    The technology is being tested now. An article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_camouflage It is NOT science fiction. Unperfected? Yes. But the laser in "Goldfinger" bore little relationship to what was actually in the labs at the time, either. I was taking a class in laser technology at the Museum of Science and Industry about four years later, and the teacher, a laser engineer, had a great laugh about how much more powerful than real lasers that device was. Lighten up, people. Bond has always stretched reality...but in terms of the "Invisible Car" not as far as you might think.

  • But who cares? I've always loved Q and I like Ben Wishaw as well(Perfume is very underrated I think). Off topic, I'm feeling pretty lonely in the Gary Oldman talkback. Anyone care to join me?

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    i was hoping for John de Lancie as Q

    by Jubba

    you know what i mean, right?

  • have been a great Moneypenny.as long as she wears that long tights from Dr Who.good call sir.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 1:01 p.m. CST

    He looks like onr of those occupy turdlets.

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    Probably writes poetry.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 1:01 p.m. CST

    pls have the gadgets...

    by WeylandYutani

    be somewhat realistic, like the briefcase in FRWL or the small homing beacon in GF or even their minimal use overall in OHMSS. Since the late Connery era and definitely into the Moore era, the toys were used too often for comic relief (remember the Lotus-submarine anyone? Or the the car-gondola)? I think when they are used they should be more matter of fact/subtle... the speed at which tech changes these days makes the Q stuff dated almost overnight. As I said, more matter of fact, like in QOS were the GUI interface on that table when they are doing the requisite exposition - it was advanced, but not entirely unrealistic and did not take me out of the moment.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Q is a winged serpent

    by Spandau Belly

    And David Carradine and John Shaft took him down ages ago.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Here come the crazy and wacky puns

    by ZoeFan

    I don't actually believe that. Mendes will shoot Q as a straight up character.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Bond currently owes more to Greengrass than Fleming

    by bre32

    Fleming's Bond hated killing- especially in cold blood. There's only one story where he's actually ordered to be an assassin...and he can't bring himself to take the shot. The character is also intensely loyal. A scene that many Fleming purists took offense with in QOS was Bond dumping a dead ally in the trash. It's an idea that someone probably thought would seem cool in a 2008 action film, but it wasn't true to Fleming. Perhaps the biggest deviation from Fleming's intent is the lack of escapism. Bond currently wants to be edgy and closer to Bourne, but that's not how the books were written. James Bond encountered villains who played baccarat, worked from fantastic lairs, and incorporated rockets into their schemes. Stuff like that may come across as mundane to modern readers, but it was extremely ahead of its time back in the 1950s. The books were also designed as travelogues- another idea which is largely lost in the age of Orbitz and Expedia. Frank Marshall once pointed out a fundamental difference between Bond and Bourne films: The former puts the hero on the Eiffel Tower, while the latter may briefly show the landmark in the distant background. The latest Bond films attempt to ape this concept. It's an understandable change- since there's no reason for any franchise to churn out 23 films- but in doing so it only serves to move further away from Fleming's intent. The great irony is that Fleming enjoyed all those things that many younger fans now hate. He liked the fantastical and exotic- it's why his villains were over-the-top and his women had punny names like Vesper Lynd, Tiffany Case, and Pussy Galore. He was more than content to let peers like John Le Carre and Len Deighton focus on trying to write "realistic" spy fiction. It's worth noting that when original Bond producer Harry Saltzman wanted to try a similarly "realistic" approach, he didn't use Bond. He chose Deighton's Harry Palmer character. The result was a series of films considered to be the anti-thesis of James Bond- beginning with 1965's critically-acclaimed Ipcress File.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    scatman666

    by torontoxic

    I think that was a reshoot ending too if I remember right. In the book I don't think he gets shot at all. I could be wrong.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Is it too late to get Hugh Laurie on the phone?...

    by OptimusBob

    .... Ben Whishaw would be good as a lab ASSISTANT who eventually inherits the title, perhaps.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    I like the idea

    by Tug

    Makes sense, as stated in the article the younger generation are the ones who are on top of new technology plus the franchise could use a few young faces.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    He's pretty. Bond will like him.

    by Tom

    Bond will like him roughly in the bomb closet.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    the case and crew have really got me interested in this.

    by therootstheroots

    never liked the previous two. thought they were very overtly styled and no subetly. like one big M&S advert.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    What was the point of rebooting, then?

    by Ditko

    Everything is slowly coming back. M, Q, Monneypenny will be back sooner than later. Why couldn´t they just hire Craig and just keep making Bond movies as always, with a harder edge?

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Ian Mcshane should have been Q

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    I never joke about my work you cunt

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST

    The reboot needs to be rebooted

    by evergreen

    With Clive Owen as Bond and Tom Hardy as Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    who's next

    by Johnboy40

    It's going to be Bale or Cavill next, imo, depending on who is up to what after Craig does his 4th (and assuming he doesnt do more)

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    theawareness - what was that all about?

    by Michael Lunney

    Riddly scotts "Promitious":....i hope Care to share what that description was?

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Ugh.

    by I Hope You Die

    One of the worst parts of Quantum of Solace was the computer stuff. I think this Bond would be better off if they just left technology out of it. The fact is that today's computer technology is just not as compelling as Cold War gadgets so either you can leave it in the background (presumably there's a lot of paperwork involved in spying, too, but we never see anybody filling out or filing requests in Bond movies because it's boring) or you can do the awful movie version where you have a bunch of pointless graphical displays and spew a lot of bullshit about firewalls. I'd rather they just left it out. I especially don't want shit like the Brosnan's invisible car in Skyfall. We live in a world full of gadgets already. They're commonplace. We don't need Q.

  • Q was my favourite character, and Desmond Llewellyn was in 17 Bond films.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    SEVENTEEN freaking Bond films ..... the guy is a legend.

    by golden tribw

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST

    So Q looks like Kyle XY?

    by Drath

    That's...um...well, there were a number of talented British character actors I'd have liked to see in the role, and I personally think it sucks to not bring back John Cleese in some capacity as well since we kept Dench's M. But fine, I get it, there's more buzz to get with a younger actor who could, like Daniel Radcliffe, be the next big thing all on his own and will potentially connect with the young audience they want to pull into the franchise (you know, those squirts who think of Twilight the way we thought of Star Wars--oh god). I know, I'm being all cynical, maybe the kid is just really good....but let's not be naive, this is a franchise, it's commercial, it wants money, those are HUGE factors no matter what else. And yeah, Talkbackers bitching may well be part of the deal, since happy or unhappy the attention is all that really matters since Talkbackers tend to be full of shit anyway. Except for Moi of course.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 2:55 p.m. CST

    the return of q......

    by DanielnocharismaCraig

    Still wont save the franchise from the box office poison known as daniel craig.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Q needs to be more than a kid who knows current technology

    by Acquanetta

    The character should be closer to a Steve Jobs-type: A kid-at-heart that not only understands modern technology, but is also well-versed in the past while helping to create the tech of the future. The argument that kids today know technology is a weak excuse for what is obviously another of EON's casting gimmicks. (Much like when M was transformed into a woman for the 90s.) Yes, the average kid knows how to program a DVR, but they're usually clueless about any form of technology from the past. I agree they should've never made such a big deal about "rebooting"- and they certainly should've never made traditional Bond films out to be a bad thing. Five years of that kind of PR and now there are younger fans who believe James Bond is supposed to be just like Jason Bourne. The reboot makes even less sense when you consider how much of the original "twenty-something Bond" concept was scrapped once they hired Craig. Now they've got a "rookie" 007 that looks older than his chronological age, a Q that looks like he just graduated high school, and a head of MI6 that's closing in on 80.

  • M was a man? Make him a woman. Felix Leiter was white? Make him black. Moneypenny was white? Make her black. Q was old? Make him young. Bond was suave? Make him a blunt instrument. You see, there's not really much cleverness at all going on with casting in the new Bond films. It's just as tired, formulaic and predictable as ever, once you know the pattern to look for. In another 20 years or so, the self-conscious PC nature of today's casting will look quaint. In the meantime, we'll just hope they keep choosing good actors for these contrived choices.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Play it like Carte Blanché and we're on to something...

    by BloodiedFox

    This casting seems more in line with Jeffrey Deaver's new Bond novel, wherein Q is fairly young (though also British Indian, which this guy obviously isn't) and the most advanced gadget Bond gets is a souped up iphone with eavesdropping software. That sort of stuff would fit in fine with the tone they've established so far for the Craig bond.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST

    @redbull_werewolf, great idea!

    by kevred

    But then, I think everything's better with Ian McShane.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    kevred

    by evergreen

    Would you vote for a Mormon?

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    This foppish Twilight wannabe being involved does not bode well...

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    ....now much as I still prefer Connery, Dalton and Moore as Bond to Craig, Casino Royale I have to say was the best actual Bond film so far. Such a shame they stuffed up Quantum of Solace. But I had hopes Craig would become the definitive Bond given a few more movies. The crucial factor in that though is having the courage of their convictions and staying the Casino Royale course - a harder edge, less gimmicks, making Bond a real bastard like he is in the books. Having convincing character actors around him in the supporting roles, like Casino. Bringing in a teen pleasing Pattinsonalike is going to massively detract from any possibility they're going that route. Yes, young smart guys would be the bulk of Q's division. But no 25 year old, no matter how smart, is going to be in charge of MI6 covert technology. He's obviously a salve to the younger viewers and it pisses me off. I don't require a 40 year old disillusioned divorcee be involved in a kids story so why the fuck do I have to put up with some teenybopper fucking up what should be a serious story? Bollocks. He may be a good actor but he won't ever be Q. That was Desmond. Let the character rest in peace along with the man who brought him to life.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    This is horrible....

    by paint163

    Lets hope Daniel Craig leaves soon so we can forget his horrible run and get back to normal Bond movies.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Stephen Fry for Q -- Michael Gambon for M

    by Skraggo

    Loved "Casino Royale" and kinda liked "Quantum of Solace." But this bed-head kid as Q doesn't inspire me. Then again, I do spend most of my time these days shooing his like off my lawn, so maybe I'm the problem.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    bond is dead

    by Philip Tolken

    ... and has been for 20 years. No one gives a fuck.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    skraggo

    by dukeroberts

    Good choices.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Is Q a Twink? YES HE IS!!!

    by daggor

    I you want some eye candy for the 13-year-old girls, make a different movie for Chrissakes. We need some age, some wisdom and some humor from Q. Not some smirking teenager.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Llewellyn was in the Brosnan films

    by GenerationMTV

    one thing wrong. Desmend was Q in the first three Brosnan Bond films, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, and The World Is Not Enough. They didnt introduce John Cleese until The World Is Not Enough, where he was Q's assistant as Q told Brosnan he was retiring. Cleese took over the role in Die Another Day. I do like the idea of a young Q. It makes sense that a younger guy would be updating an older man on today's technology. The original Q was meant to be sort of a humorous father figure for Bond but the new Bond doesnt need that since he has M as his psuedo mother figure.

  • Will work. WHISAW is perfect casting.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST

    As far as him being a teen, he's not. He's 31.

    by bah

    Don't know whether that eases anyone's mind.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    that's a bad photo, check him out in BBC's The Hour

    by zooch

    He's good in that, I can see it.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    =most recent great Bond movie = inception =

    by KilliK

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Simon Pegg should play Q.

    by Yelsaeb

    No, I'm just kidding. But Peter Serafinowicz WILL be a Bond villian one day. Its simply a matter of time.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 6:37 p.m. CST

    For a younger guy, Whishaw is a pretty solid actor

    by Jon

    Has no one here seen Whishaw in Perfume? He's good. Really good as an creepily obsessed perfumer/mass serial killer. He's also solid in Bright Star and I'm Not There. I hear great things about The Hour. And he's got a role in another big Tykwer movie (co-directed with the Wachowskis) in Cloud Atlas. Whether or not you like the age reduction in the role, he's a good candidate with a solid track record if they have to go with some younger. Let's not compare him to Twilight dung. Mendes is gonna put together the best damn Bond film. He's got a fantastic cast and writer, a sweet movie title, and that British elegance to his style that just oozes Bond. I trust him to do the franchise right.

  • Bond is a dead franchise anyhow. I'm not talking about ticket sales. I'm talking about quality.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 7:32 p.m. CST

    That's pretty inspired IMO...never thought he should be younger.

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    But it does make perfect sense in today's technological world.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Natalya in GoldenEye was a nerd -- she was only 25

    by bah

    Presumably, Christmas Jones was also a nerd. But let us not speak of her.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 8:03 p.m. CST

    God you're a bunch of grouchy old fucks

    by tlyel37

    You're talking about James Bond as if it's fucking Hamlet. It's a dumbass series about a chauvinistic secret agent who kills Commies and saves the world from nuclear destruction all by himself every four years. They're fucking stupid movies and always have been stupid movies. And this "Twilight tween wannabe" or whatever is 31 years old, you retarded fucks. And he's a fucking top notch actor. People lamenting the death of a franchise....you're retarded. Sam Mendes, Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, John Logan...this is obviously a step in the right direction away from what was apparently a garbage film, Quantum of Solace (I didn't see it because, as I said, these movies are fucking stupid). Sam Mendes and John Logan are vast improvements from Forster and Haggis. If you're lucky this will be close in quality to Casino Royale, the only Bond movie I've seen that didn't bore me to tears and insult my intelligence.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Oh, and it's also got one of the best cinematographers alive?

    by tlyel37

    Yeah, quit your bitching about the casting of an ancillary character.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Yeah and Denise Richards was a nuclear scientist ffs.

    by KilliK

    Although i remember that in my University's Physics Department,the best and smartest student in our class happened to be a very hot, blond girl.If you looked at her,you wouldnt know that she was a physicist student,she looked more like a model. So it's not far fetched to have a young,hot woman as a genius nuclear scientist but still: Denise Richards, ffs??!!

  • It was the "older people" who invented the fucking tech in the first place. What the fuck will they have next, MI6 will be like Google HQ? The most tech savvy people I know are in their 40s and 50s and run Silicon Valley startups. So cut this "old people need a kid to help them use Facebook" crap.

  • It's bad enough seeing the stereotype on every CSI-type show on TV, to Transformers 2... and now this? The Pentagon must be getting desperate for hot recruits for honeytraps.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Q in the field or Q in the lab???

    by Charlie

    This will be the Key. If it's this young chap playing Q as the mad scientists in the lab, the it's a fail. If it's this guy playing Q who equips bond in the field ect, then it's perfectly fine to have a younger guy. Who is more just an expert on the gadgets and getting bond things he needs. The young guy genius who builds and knows everything is so over played. It'd only work if Bond uses this guy to, A. Provide gadgets B. Get him equipment, vehicles at short notice. C. Quickly make and alter things on short notice in the field. (Of course nothing too fancy.) Kind of like a one man support team.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Before you whine about this casting choice

    by Anino

    Watch "The Hour". This kid is BRILLIANT. This is inspired casting. He's a young Lawrence Olivier. If he doesn't die from drugs or get hit by a bus he'll be doing movies for decades.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Oh wow, Prometius sounds Paul Anderson awful

    by zillabeast

    Tell me thats fake....!

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    "Don't TOUCH that!"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    "It's my LUNCH!"

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST

    everything regarding prometheus......

    by DanielnocharismaCraig

    Is still up for speculation people.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Whishaw should be just fine

    by captain_kirk

    A few notes. First, he seems to have some heavy drama under his belt at the ripe old age of 31. He has been in, among others, the recent version of The Tempest; and was also in another Daniel Craig movie, Layer Cake, in 2004. 31 is not muppet-baby age. 31 is respectful. He is certainly old enough to be a major in the British military, which is what he is in the books. The original Major Boothroyd in the movie, Peter Burton, was only 41 in Dr. No when he had his first, brief, screen appearance. He's old enough to have a military career and some solid techno expertise under his thumb. Let them tinker with the formula a little bit. It's nice to see Q come back.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Dr. Who

    by captain_kirk

    He actually looks like he could be Smith's eventual replacement.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Good to see the man for Q Branch back...

    by Tom Fremgen

    The last two Bond movies have been near Jason Bourne knock-offs. I'm looking forward to seeing Bond become Bond again (at least movie Bond)- Where, yes, we don't want silly, but a decent sense of humor is important.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 10:55 p.m. CST

    killik

    by zacdilone

    Kristin Scott Thomas. 'Nuf said.

  • make it so.

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Q, I've got a lot of stuff I didn't use on that adventure

    by Keith

    'This watch that turned into a hamster, what was the point of that?'

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST

    killik

    by Keith

    Similarly, most of the girls doing computer science at the comlab at Oxford were amazingly hot. It was not what I was expecting at all. There was one blond chick whose underwear was distractingly visible when she wore certain outfits.

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 12:21 a.m. CST

    dioxholsters_ghost

    by Keith

    You're a twat.

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 12:32 a.m. CST

    English MILFs

    by Keith

    Hmm. Olivia Williams? Kristin Scott Thomas? Gillian Anderson? (Yes, she qualifies.) Is Rachel Weisz old enough to make the cut?

  • Hugh Grant or Richard E. Grant would also work. I would have him stuck in the 80s culturally -- aside from his futuristic gadgets. It really was simpler when everyone was a WWII vet and Bond was the next generation coming up in the 60s.

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 1:42 a.m. CST

    David Tennant should have been Q

    by Jake Pantlin

    You need someone a little quirky to play Q. I think David Tennant (from Dr Who) would have been a much better choice. This guy is just too pretty and dull looking.

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Bond just needs a squirtgun filled with his STD laden sperm.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    That would qualify as a biological weapon.

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 3:15 a.m. CST

    LOVE that Q's back in the franchise! It was getting WAY too much like Bourne!

    by MARCEL_THE_NEGRO_PROJECTIONIST

    FACT!!

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Surekillshot: Yeah, Bond's dead as a doorknob... to the tune of @ $1.2 billion worldwide...

    by MARCEL_THE_NEGRO_PROJECTIONIST

    for the last two Craig Bonds alone. Yeah, the stink of his death is just putrid, worms are eating his body...

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Serena Scott Thomas played Bond's doctor in TWINE

    by MARCEL_THE_NEGRO_PROJECTIONIST

    And she was amazing to look at...

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Quantum of Solace proved they don't need Q

    by NivekJ

    They alrwady had the touchscreen gadgets, and cool HUD displays on the phone and whatnot in that movie. All Craig needed was a gun and a dame. We have the iPhone, we have electric cars, and we have the Internet. What possibly could Q add to Bond's arsenal? Huh? Invisible Aston Martins that can drive on ice? Gimme a break. In Quantum of Solace, they had the perfect opportunity to introduce a new Q,a nd they didn't! Because they didn't need to. Touchscreen surfaces = Q. That's all I sayin'.

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 5:53 a.m. CST

    "The kids know how to program the DVR"

    by davidwebb

    I can't help but read that in a Bill Cosby voice. Pudding pop?

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Patrick Stewart should play "Q"

    by lv_426

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 7:52 a.m. CST

    John de Lancie as Q

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Oh wait, it's been done.

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Damn, so has that comment.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

  • Maybe this guy is just their boss.

  • He works for me and he's a good actor to boot.

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Eagerly waiting for a new James Bond movie!

    by wtriker1701

    Skyfall doesn't count... As didn't the last 2 foul entries!

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST

    On the Apollo 13 mission...

    by skywalter

    Gene Kranz, the mission controller, was only 37 at the time. There were MIT hotshots in their 20's on his team solving key technical problems. Turns out, your mind is actually sharpest in your 20's, and that is why all of the silicon valley gurus, movie makers, scientists, etc. all do their best work early. An 80-year old Q is far more unbelievable than this new guy.

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 10:08 a.m. CST

    If q is this young....

    by captain_kirk

    What about Moneypenny?

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Hurry up and fail so we can get James Bond movies again.

    by kabong

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Nolan would be the dream choice for doing Bond

    by Charlie

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Wow knee jerk reaction much?

    by Andrew Coleman

    First off we barely know anything... Secondly shouldn't you all be happy? This proves they are making a serious Bond film... I like Quantom because it tried something different. I know mosy people hate the fact they were trying to steal water... But that is an actual real world problem! Water will be very valuable soon like oil... The action wasn't shot very well was my only problem with that movie. But all of you complaining about this guy playing Q... Just calm down. He won't be what we think of as Q. He won't have Bond walking around a basement looking at gadgets. He most likely will just run a room where they use all the smart boards. Hell this guy could turn out to be a double agent! We don't know. Also since the guy is 31 it work with how they want MI6 to look like. In CR and QOS MI6 had many just 30-50 common looking British people working for M running around. I'm sorry but this works.

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Q is not dead at all...

    by zinc_chameleon

    You talkbackers just don't know your weapons; I'm thinking you're stuck in the late 70s or early 80s with Bond. How about a Saville Row suit made of nano-armor? Do any of you even know what nanotech is? A modern Q would have to know the latest materials, because his well-heeled enemies sure would. The trick is to keep it grounded, like Nolan did with Batman.

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST

    But can they top quantum of solace???!

    by ethan

    BWA HAH HAH HAH!

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST

    cable - zlp

    by Philip Tolken

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST

    The new Q should arm Bond with a knife that pops out of the side of his briefcase...

    by MARCEL_THE_NEGRO_PROJECTIONIST

    ...and an ejector seat for his Aston Martin. That'd be the shit!

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    optimusbob got it exactly right

    by Manatee

    Q is supposed to be a Major. The twinkle-dick in that picture isn't old enough to wipe his own ass, much less have progressed that far through the military ranks. I've been along for the ride with this reboot thing, but this decision sucks balls. Q should be older, more experienced, and capable of relating to Bond as a military officer. This isn't Die Hard, for fucksake, where some computer hacker is giving the hero pointers. Jeez.

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    absolutely agree

    by amiguete

    This is a piece of shit idea, I think is terrible and I just hate it. I'm gonna try to control myself and not see this shitty film (until I pick up the bluray in some bargain bin) because of this.

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    marcel

    by Philip Tolken

    i bet you're a twilight fan too.

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    marcel

    by Philip Tolken

    how much money did twilight make this weekend? wait, i don't give a fuck. that movie was dead on arrival. smell my liquid shit.

  • If it's just "hey, man, this is cool, yo." that would kinda suck. Age really doesn't matter, it's all about the interaction.

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Looks like an emo fag

    by genrefanboy

    This confirms the film is already ruined & most likely Craig's last in the role as he is a limited actor anyway no great loss. Casino Royale was great due to Eva Green & Craig. QOS was a straight to DVD level POS. EON are trying to capture the younger audience now & I doubt Skyfall will be as good as Casino Royale.

  • "When the director of the weapons division of the CIA discovers their best agent is actually a soviet double agent, he must go on the run using only his wits and his gadgets to protect himself." In other words, it was Q vs. James Bond. That would have been some cool ass shit! Too bad the studio fucked it up.

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Ugh

    by malpaso

    EON are doing everything to destroy the franchise...

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Surekillshot: Yes! I'm fucking Team Edward... NO!! I'm Team Jacob... No, I'm... NOT!!

    by MARCEL_THE_NEGRO_PROJECTIONIST

    Look at my fucking 'Net handle. I'm a huge Quentin Tarantino fan, and by definition, a QT fan cannot be a Twi-Hard, just can't happen. Look, Roger Moore was my favorite Bond and I still say The Spy Who Loved Me was the best Bond film. Ever. Damn, I wish they would go back to Bond as spectacle and over the top cool ass action hero like he was in the Connery, Moore and Brosnan era, and it looks like adding the new Q at least is a move in the right direction toward bringing Bond back to his original glory and doing away with all this Jason Bourne shit. But the fact is, the Daniel Craig movies have made $$$!! Moolah!! And if you know anything about Hollywood, it's all about the bottom line. Don't get me wrong, I love Craig as Bond. I think he really gets Fleming's original gritty depiction of James Bond as a "blunt instrument." I'd just love to see for once Bond use his wits and his guile to take down a more powerful foe rather than a a few choppily edited savate moves that overpower him. I mean, we've already seen Craig's Bond leap out of a burning plane without a parachute, so that kind of action certainly is in the DNA of this new incarnation of 007. Now if we can just get him to ski off a cliff or freefall after a falling airplane, I'd be in 007th fucking heaven. Now eat my hard shit and die.

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Tallboy: I agree, age doesn't really matter, as long as Q is a bit eccentric

    by MARCEL_THE_NEGRO_PROJECTIONIST

    I mean, look at Marshall from ALIAS. He couldn't have been much older than Jennifer Garner, yet his character worked pretty well as the eccentric weapons and gadget guy. Same with Simon Pegg's Benji Dunn from Ghost Protocol. Cruise is 8 years his senior, yet their banter still works. "Okay, there's a slight wrinkle here. We're going to have to go into the server room from the outside." "We?" "I -- I'm on the computer."

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Q should have been

    by v3d

    Ricky Gervais

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Its interesting as to the extent the film makers go

    by moondoggy2u

    in finding cast members that look even fuglier than Daniel Craig. But hey, gotta establish the myth that Craig is good leading man material.

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 8:33 p.m. CST

    winshaw Not Q . com

    by Philip Tolken

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Oh, come on. This is AICN...

    by Lesbianna_Winterlude

    The posters here already think of Daniel Craig as a young whipersnapper.

  • Nov. 26, 2011, 11:55 p.m. CST

    This would be awesome

    by Queefer Sutherland

    if the movie was James Bond in Smallville. Stupid fucking casting if you ask me. I know, you didn't ask me, but you should have, you goddamned fucking twits.

  • Nov. 27, 2011, 12:15 a.m. CST

    So it appears it is time for another "Does She Swallow Sunday"

    by lv_426

    On this Sunday, in the Lord's Year of two-thousandth-eleventh... on the Sunday that is the twenty-seventh of November... we shall asketh of the talkback... doth she swallow? Keira Knightley. Who has most recently appeared in the Cronenberg film that no theater near me seems to be showing. A Dangerous Method. Yea or nay?

  • Nov. 27, 2011, 7:25 a.m. CST

    John Cleese never played Q!

    by Obscura

    come on guys, this is supposed to be the geekiest of all movie sites.

  • I don't think he's ever, in his entire career, played any other role.

  • Nov. 27, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    If this is Q, the Moneypenny will be freakin' jailbait.

    by Royston Lodge

  • Nov. 27, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Q should have been Chris O'Dowd.

    by Royston Lodge

    If Q's gonna be a young I.T. nerd, then they shoulda gone with the master: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rksCTVFtjM4

  • Nov. 27, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    obscura

    by Mugato5150

    Yes he did. I'd like to forget Die Another Day too but he did. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0246460/

  • Nov. 27, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    Tom Hardy as James Bond

    by Sparky

    He is now being strongly considered as the awful Daniel Craig replacement in the next Bond movie. Hardy is a great actor, and is along the same lines as Connery, and would be great, I believe. Craig is completely WRONG for the Bond role, and that is one of the biggest reasons why his two Bond movies have sucked big time. Craig was and is a bad cast in these Bond movies, and is as much James Bond as Pee-Wee Herman would be as Superman. Look for Hardy to take the role after Craig's upcoming next and THANKFULLY last role as 007.

  • Nov. 28, 2011, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Manatee

    by Shan

    Former UK parliamentarian Enoch Powell was a Brigadier by age 33 (after already being a full professor at age 25).

  • Nov. 28, 2011, 8:58 a.m. CST

    ENOUGH of the Clive Owen talk!

    by ZodNotGod

    The guy is pushing 50, well past his prime as a Bond, thank God! As for this new kid? He's ok, but he's 31 so he's not a kid which is good. The entire cast of new bloods so making Q slightly younger is fine and needed. I love all the Bond eras, but Craigs is exciting as hell.

  • Nov. 28, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST

    "but I like the idea that Q is younger than Bond this time"

    by Meglos

    That...is why you fail.

  • Nov. 28, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    Ben Whishaw is 31!!!! NOT a kid!

    by ZodNotGod

    Shut your, complaining- for- the- sake- of- it, GOBS!

  • Nov. 28, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Are you people blind or stupid? 31!!!

    by ZodNotGod

  • Nov. 28, 2011, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Craig is 42, hardly a huge gap...damn you people are lame!

    by ZodNotGod

  • Nov. 28, 2011, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Desmond Llewelyn was 16 years older than Sean Connery.

    by Royston Lodge

    Daniel Craig is 11 years older than Whishaw. FYI.

  • Fucking cunt Abrams ... where's Asimov to give him a sound thrashing? Oh wait, wrong series.

  • Nov. 28, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    I haven't read the books

    by jawaburger

    or seen the movies, but this guy owns that role.

  • FWIW

  • Nov. 28, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Shoulda gone with Arthur Darvill

    by Spicypeanut

    For seriousness.

  • Nov. 28, 2011, 9:14 p.m. CST

    dioxholsters_ghost

    by Hipshot

    You think Bond is beneath Nolan...while Batman isn't? When he gave Bond a big wet kiss in "Inception" (or haven't you seen O.H.M.S.S.)? A Nolan Bond could be amazing, and if they could work out the finances and creative freedom, I bet he'd love to do it. But it won't happen. The Bond pattern is set much too well by now.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Nolan would rock it as a Bond Director!

    by ZodNotGod

    I hated Inception, but yes, when I saw it, the ski/snow sequences reminded of OHMSS. He could do it...

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Bond doesn't need to capture any audience...

    by ZodNotGod

    It has its own audience. ANd stop saying Bond is dead- far from it. 23 films and none have been flops, pretty damn good track record.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Let's all be thankful they didn't get the guy from the Apple commercials

    by Asimov_Lives

    the Apple, that is. The PC might actually have been good.

  • Hey, that punk-ass kid can run a company, so why not? Honestly, this kind of kills the whole "Bourne-esque reality" they're trying to market the new Bond as. That guy could play the expert on CSI: Miami or Criminal Minds, but for a movie they should've stayed with someone a little more believable.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    kidicarus

    by Hipshot

    They're not trying to market Bond as "Bourne-esque"--although the first two movies sure had that flavor. The Bond movies have ALWAYS surfed the zeitgeist. Probably part of Cubby Broccoli's famed "secret formula" which has created the longest-running film series in history. They tapped "Star Wars" (Moonraker"), Blaxploitation ("Live and Let Die"), Kung fu movies ("Man With the Golden Gun") female empowerment ("The Spy Who Loved Me") and a lot more. My guess is that there is some formula where they look at what is most popular in an action genre, and attach themselves to it. There also seems to be a pattern of expanding and contracting the size of the movie, moving between levels of realism and fantasy, and emotional tone. What they want next is anyone's guess, but I'll bet that they want to capture a slightly more "fun" feel after two gritty films. It's go in one direction, but not too far...then come back to center. Go in another direction, but not too far...then come back to center. Broccoli was one smart MF, and they've run that "family business" beautifully.

  • You know that would be awesome.

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