Ben Whishaw is Q in Skyfall, BBC says

Ben Whishaw will play Q in Skyfall, the BBC reported, citing the actor’s agent.

Whishaw, 31, had been previously announced as being in Skyfall’s cast with no details provided about his character.

Whishaw would be the youngest Q in the Eon Productions series. Peter Burton was 41 when he played the character (referred to as Major Boothroyd) in Dr. No. Desmond Llewlyn was 48 when he made his debut (still billed as Boothroyd) in From Russia With Love. (Calling the character Q didn’t occur until Goldfinger.) John Cleese was 63 when 2002’s Die Another Day premiered, where he played Boothroyd’s sucessor as Q. Cleese had appeared three years earlier in The World Is Not Enough, where his character was Q’s second in command.

No word whether Whishaw’s Q would also be the Boothroyd character, or simply go unnamed beyond the Q designation.

(SPOILER ALERT) We’ll have to see whether Whishaw’s Q gets along with Daniel Craig’s Bond better than their characters in Layer Cake at end end of the movie:

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