Actor says his take on Bond's gadgets guru is 'slicker' than earlier versions

Ben Whishaw has revealed that his take on Q in the new Bond movie has a “lethal, powerful side”.

The character of Q, Bond’s gadgets guru at the British Secret Service, has traditionally been portrayed as middle-aged and prone to bumbling. The part was last played by John Cleese in 1999’s The World Is Not Enough and 2002’s Die Another Day. Before then, the late Desmond Llewelyn assumed the role for 17 films between 1963 and 1999.

Whishaw, 32, has revived Q for this month’s Skyfall and promised a new take on the classic character. When asked how director Sam Mendes pitched the part to him, Whishaw told ShortList: “He said this Q was going to be a computer genius. It makes sense for the [film’s] story because the ‘enemy’ operates in cyberspace. There’s a new world order.”

Explaining the difference between his Q and earlier versions, Whishaw said: “He’s slicker this time. He’s still an eccentric, jovial English chap but, because of the genius he has, there’s a lethal, powerful side to him. Although he does make a mistake I can’t tell you about…”

Skyfall, the 23rd Bond movie, arrives in cinemas on October 26. Alongside Daniel Craig in his third outing as 007, the film boasts a bumper cast including Whishaw as Q, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Albert Finney, Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes. You can watch the trailer below.