Ben Whishaw is to play Q in the upcoming James Bond film Skyfall. The former Nathan Barley and Perfume star is expected to start filming in the next few weeks.
Whishaw will be the fourth Q in the big screen franchise’s history. Peter Burton played the character in Dr No before Desmond Llewellyn, the most famous Q, took over. Llewellyn remained with the series in almost every film until his death in 1999. John Cleese then took over briefly.
Skyfall stars regulars Daniel Craig and Judi Dench along with Naomie Harris (rumoured to be playing Moneypenny), Javier Bardem and Albert Finney. The film is believed to be a standalone story, unconnected to the first two Craig films.