Friday, April 19, 2013

Q is for... Q

Q is for... Q
Actor: Peter Burton (Dr. No), Desmond Llewelyn, John Cleese (The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day), Ben Whitshaw (Skyfall)
Films: James Bond franchise (except Live and Let Die, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace)

The Character
Major Geoffrey Boothroyd is Quartermaster to James Bond and is known as Q to his colleagues in respect to his job title. He often devises gadgets of a questionable nature with humorous end results appearing in the background while he prompts Bond on his latest mission.

He is known to have a base in several different countries and often appears with very little warning in the most obscure of places. Luckily this rigorous testing throughout the world provides Bond with the most advanced gadgetry known to the British Secret Service.

The Actor
A former lieutenant in the British Army and prisoner of Colditz Castle, Desmond Llewelyn turned to acting as an extra in several films following the end of the Second World War.

He eventually went on to become the staple of the James Bond franchise appearing in all of the films (except Dr. No and Live and Let Die) until his death in 1999. For the most part this was his only acting work except for a few other minor roles in films such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Ironically his death was sudden, in a car accident, but his character had had a fitting send off in his previous film, Die Another Day, telling Bond he must always have an escape plan.

Classic Scene

Pay attention 007.

1 comment:

  1. I always loved this version of Q. A very small role really, but important to the franchise all the same. Its what made the gadgets the big part of the films. You also have "Q" form Star Trek: TNG who is another great character. Small role but memorable in the hands of John deLancie.