There is a real-life Q, and she’s a woman, the head of MI6 has confirmed. Sir Alex Younger revealed the news to attendees at the Women In IT Awards in London in a bid for more female recruits into the Secret Intelligence Service. The role of Q in the Bond movies has always been played by men, most recently by Ben Whishaw, and most famously by Desmond Llewelyn in 17 films.
Sometimes a movie comes out before people are ready for it – whether it’s because of the themes involved, what you see on-screen, or the style of filmmaking. Back when it was released in 1989, audiences were taken aback by Timothy Dalton’s brutal second Bond film. Fast forward to 2006 however and Daniel Craig’s version of Bond returned to Dalton’s gritty ways, though ‘Casino Royale’ was a huge critical and commercial hit.
You don’t know them and they don’t get the big bucks or grace the pages of celebrity magazines, but they are the amazing people who make your favourite actors look like superheroes on-screen. Say hello to the stunt doubles – you won’t watch an action sequence with any of these actors in the same way again.
Daniel Craig’s days as James Bond could be numbered. Who could take on the role of Ian Fleming’s gentleman spy next? Based on the bookies’ favourites (with a few humble suggestions of our own) here are the actors who we think could potentially be 007th official Bond…
Ursula Andress - Honey Ryder in ‘Dr. No’ (1962) Last seen acting in art project ‘The Cremaster 5’ in 1997, she’s still the archetypal Bond girl (Credit: MGM/Rex)