It appears that when Daniel Craig jumps back into his tux to play James Bond again in Skyfall, all his deadly new toys will be provided by a new version of MI6's iconic gadget man, Q. (Quartermaster.) The role will now be played by Ben Whishaw.
The actor can be seen in films like I'm Not There, the upcoming Cloud Atlas, and even had a role in Daniel Craig's 2004 action thriller, Layer Cake. Now, at 31 years of age, Whishaw will be a far cry from the role's original actor, Desmond Llewelyn, who played the role in 19 of 22 of the Bond movies, starting with From Russia With Love in 1963 to The World Is Not Enough in 1999 where the torch was passed to his apprentice in John Cleese's "R." (Who then became the new Q.)
What kind of Q can we expect in this gritty rebooted Bond universe?
According to the description provided to the UK's The Sun:
"Female fans will have more than Daniel to gush over now Ben's been cast as Q. He'll be a big draw. It's a bold decision as it means Q will be younger than Bond for the first time.
However fans probably should not expect a version of Justin Bieber who can make wristwatches that shoot holograms and nuclear missiles. Just as Daniel Craig's reinvention of Bond stands as a stark contrast from what we saw in Pierce Brosnan's last few outings that contained over-the-top technology and tongue-in-cheek humor, this version of Q will match the violent, darker tone of the current films. The description indicates that he'll not only be "very different" from previous Q's, but also "far more serious."
I'm not sure if the "young super-geek" mold was the way to go, but if he can maintain a good conversational flow with Bond, mixed with some humor, then we may have the version of Q that could resonate with today's audiences.