Bond's Skyfall adds Q
Now this isn't just about casting, this is about another step for the new Bond towards the old Bond. With Casino Royale (Filmstalker review) and Quantum of Solace (Filmstalker review) we've been seeing the genesis of the character of James Bond, delivering an origin story and taking the audience on the journey of how Bond became Bond.
On the way we've seen Bond make his first sanctioned kill, find and lose love, and begin to turn into the character we used to see. However gadgets have been few and far between and there hasn't really been the person there to create them for him. Now that looks set to change and it isn't going to be the comedy character that's been hinted at.
Since Desmond Llewelyn died we've seen John Cleese take his place although only really in the film Die Another Day, but of course he couldn't take over in a younger origin story, it just wouldn't fit nor follow the timeline. So a younger actor has been chosen and that's Ben Whishaw.
So the most interesting part of the The Hollywood Reporter story is that Q is set to return to the series, and that means a department for creating Bond's trademark gadgets.
Now I don't expect that they'll leap into it with umpteen gadgets a film as they have done before, but I do see this as another step towards the complete Bond. Indeed, will Skyfall mark the complete move towards Bond? I'm not sure.
Ben Whishaw has starred most notably in Perfume: The Story of a Murderer and interestingly he starred in Layer Cake with Daniel Craig where Craig first appeared in a very Bond-esque pose.
I'm surprised that they've chosen such a prominent actor for the role, like the rest of the cast, it's going to cost a fair bit to keep them coming back time and time again.