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Ben Whishaw - Q is slicker, but makes a mistake

14-Oct-2012 • Skyfall

31 year-old British actor Ben Whishaw is taking over the iconic role of Q in the new James Bond film "Skyfall".He gave a brief interview to Shortlist magazine about taking on gadgets and a role that is famous around the world.

How did [Sam Mendes] describe the character to you?

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.

Did you hang out with hackers in preparation?

No, there was none of that. I did learn how to touch-type [laughs]. And I read stuff.

What kind of stuff?

I read about MI6, mainly. For my own interest more than anything. I’m fascinated by the people who work in that field and the double life they have to lead. And I was interested in the brutality and ruthlessness of [the agents] on one hand and the suave way they present themselves on the other.

Q is traditionally a bit of a bungler – constantly blowing things up by accident. Has that trait remained?

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 [laughs].

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