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At long last it has been confirmed: Q will return in Skyfall.
While Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace relaunched the James Bond franchise to great fanfare and success, one thing has been eating at long time fans of the series: Where is Q? For those unfamiliar with the importance of the MI6 operative, he serves as the quartermaster to the agency, and has always been responsible for outfitting Bond – and you assume the rest of the Double 0 agents – with their gadgets and weaponry. He has been completely absent from the past two films.
It was finally confirmed today by series producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli that the character of Q does indeed appear in the 23rd film in the James Bond series, Skyfall, and he will be portrayed by Ben Whishaw. There was a production still supplied as well that you can see above (click on it for mondo-sized) and while I didn’t thrill to the character’s appearance at first glance, it has grown on me as I’ve been writing this with it up there staring at me.
We’ll see how Mr. Whishaw does when Skyfall is released in November.