Ben Wishaw to play Q in new Bond film

Friday November 25, 2011

Ben Whishaw has gone to the head of the 'Q' for the new James Bond film after he was reported to have signed up to play 007's gadget guru.

The 31-year-old star, who recently appeared in BBC drama The Hour, was confirmed as a cast member for the new film earlier this month by director Sam Mendes, but he refused to say what part Ben was playing.

It's now being reported that Ben will be the secret service quartermaster, with a source telling The Sun he would be "very different" to his predecessors. 

"He'll be far more serious, as is the trend with the new films."

Ben is much younger than previous actors who played Q, the man whose job it is to keep Bond equipped with the latest ingenious technology.

John Cleese played the part in recent films after taking over from Desmond Llewelyn who starred in 17 films.

Details of the new film, called Skyfall, were unveiled at a press conference in central London earlier this month.

Leading man Daniel Craig heads a cast that includes Albert Finney, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem and Dame Judi Dench, who plays spy boss M.

The Bond girls are played by Naomie Harris, who plays an agent called Eve, and French actress Berenice Marlohe.

The film will be shot in locations including London, Turkey and Scotland and is set to be released in the UK next October.

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