Q Confirmed For Next James Bond Movie, Skyfall
11.28.11 by Ryan
After two movies that saw James Bond work without most of his usual supporting cast of characters, Skyfall, the next James Bond movie, is re-introducing many of those who have been sorely missed.
Production on the 23rd James Bond movie began earlier this month and follows Bond's (Daniel Craig) loyalty to M (Judi Dench) after "her past comes back to haunt her." It will reportedly feature the character of Miss Moneypenny, as well, who hasn't appeared in the franchise since Pierce Brosnan was Bond. Naomie Harris (28 Days Later, Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy) was initially believed to be playing the character, but in an interview with ITV after the Skyfall press conference, Harris revealed that she was playing "a field agent" named Eve, who "sees herself as Bond's equivalent". Helen McCrory (Hugo) may be playing Moneypenny instead.
Also missing since the Brosnan era is Q, Bond's weapons specialist and frequent foil, played most often by the late Desmond Llewelyn. John Cleese took over the part in 2002's Die Another Day, Brosnan's final Bond appearance.
According to BBC News, Ben Whishaw (The Tempest) is the latest actor to tackle the role. Whishaw was cast in the movie in October, but his role remained unspecified. At 32, Whishaw will be the first actor to play Q who will be younger than the actor playing Bond.
One character who may not be back in Skyfall is CIA agent Felix Leiter, who first appeared in 1962's Dr. No and has been played by Jeffrey Wright in both 2008's Quantum of Solace and 2006's Casino Royale. Wright told ComingSoon in September that he hadn't received a call to return as the character in Skyfall, though he mentioned that Leiter may "be on the periphery and mentioned" in the upcoming movie. Wright was the first actor to play the character in consecutive movies.
Skyfall is currently being directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Jarhead) and co-stars Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), French model and actress Bérénice Marlohe, Albert Finney, and Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient).