A new Q, as in Quartermaster, has been introduced into the Bond equation — and he’s a kid!
“Age is no guarantee of efficiency.”
“And youth is no guarantee of innovation.”
“I can do more damage on my laptop sitting in my pajamas before my first cup of Earl Gray than you can do in a year in the field.”
“Then why do you need me?”
The late and immediately recognizable Desmond Llewelyn played Q in 17 Bond films: starting with From Russia with Love in 1962 and ending with The World Is Not Enough in 1999 (the character did not appear in Live and Let Die). John Cleese took over in Die Another Day, Pierce Brosnan’s last outing as 007. Cleese’s character had already been introduced in The World Is Not Enough, as R, Q’s assistant.
But Cleese’s Fawlty-esque persona would have been all wrong for the darker Craig films. (In fact, Q was written out of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace altogether.)
And the very first Q? Peter Burton, as Major Boothroyd, head of Q branch.