Conspicuously absent from the Daniel Craig era (the last Q having been played by John Cleese in 2002's Die Another Day), Q seemed to have been a casualty of the new, grittier tone adopted in Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008). This, however, is all set to change in Sam Mendes' Skyfall.
Today, THR revealed that 31-year-old Englishman Ben Whishaw, who was part of the originally announced cast without being specified a role, is set to reintroduce Q to the franchise. A man most famous for roles in the Dylan-inspired I'm Not There (2007) and his appearance alongside Daniel Craig in Layer Cake (2004), Whishaw will be the first Q to be younger than Bond - with Craig being 12 years his elder.
With a supporting cast that includes Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and the returning Judi Dench, Mendes' film is set for UK release in October 2012.