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Mendes Casts Whishaw as Bond Gadget-Meister Q in Skyfall

by Anne Thompson
November 25, 2011 11:52 AM
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Ben Whishaw
Ben Whishaw

Clearly, director Sam Mendes is seeking to update the Bond franchise and pull in some younger viewers. While Daniel Craig and Judi Dench are returning as agent 007 and his boss, M, respectively, John Cleese will not come back as Q. That role will go to a younger-generation gadget-master to be played by Ben Whishaw, 31, a terrific actor who shined as Freddy Lyon in the Brit TV series "The Hour," Ariel in Julie Taymor's "The Tempest," one of several incarnations of Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There," and Jane Campion's "Bright Star," among other films. He co-starred with Craig in "Layer Cake" as well, and stars opposite Tom Hanks in the upcoming "Cloud Atlas."

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  • jingmei | November 27, 2011 7:57 PMReply

    He's yummy.

  • cadavra | November 26, 2011 8:32 PMReply

    Oh, sure, let's make Q young enough to be 007's son! Does every beloved character now have to be played by someone under 35? Who's gonna replace Craig in a few years? Taylor Lautner?

  • Irena Szohr | November 25, 2011 12:03 PMReply

    I hope the gadgets will at least be realistic like the ones in the current Batman film series.

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