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Watch: Ben Whishaw's New Q in 'Skyfall' Is Brit Hipster Tech-Wiz

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 22, 2012 at 12:53PM

Check out this new clip from "Skyfall," in which Bond meets quartermaster Q (Ben Whishaw) for the first time. Looking like a Brit hipster barely old enough to have a college degree, this is the Q for a new generation.
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Skyfall, Bond & Q

Check out this new clip from "Skyfall," in which Bond meets quartermaster Q (Ben Whishaw) for the first time. Looking like a Brit hipster barely old enough to have a college degree, this is the Q for a new generation. But still, he tells Bond calmly: "I can do more damage on my laptop, sitting in my pajamas, before my first cup of Earl Grey than you can do a year in the field."

Whishaw is an exciting new Brit talent who made his name as "Hamlet": he not only starred in Jane Campion's undervalued "Bright Star" and Julie Taymor's "The Tempest" (as an unforgettable Ariel) but played Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There" and a brilliant TV reporter in the must-see BBC series "The Hour." A second season is in the works.

"Skyfall" releases November 9. So far it's getting rave reviews.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.