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Q (which stands for Quartermaster), is the genius behind the weaponry and gadgets. He runs the MI6 research and development department. He is responsible for supplying Bond with whatever equipment he needs for his missions. As such, he has helped Bond out in the most crucial of times.


Actors/Appeared In:


  • John Cleese (born in 1939). The character adopted a more serious attitude towards Bond.

Just as Moneypenny, Q was absent from Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace.

  • Ben Whishaw (born in 1980). The youngest actor to portray Q to this day, and the first to be younger than 007 as well. He is introduced as a computer science genius and masterful hacker who values brains over brawn, and intellect over Craig's Bond's more direct approaches. His youth and lack of field experience make Bond dubious when they meet for the first time, and Q in his turn considers Bond as merely "someone to pull the trigger" at first. Time will tell if their interactions will improve in the next movies.

Real name:

  • Major Boothroyd (Desmond Llewelyn's Q)
  • The real name of John Cleese's Q is unknown and will most likely stay so
  • The real name of Ben Whishaw's Q is currently unknown

Notable gadgets used by Bond:


Notable Cars and their known gadgets:

  • Lotus Esprit S1 (The Spy Who Loved Me) : cement sprayer (to blind the pursuers' windshield), submarine mode, underwater black dye slick, torpedoes, underwater mines, surface-to-air missiles.
  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante (The Living Daylights) : radio scanner (to spy on police and military radio frequencies), wheel spinner laser, bulletproof windshield and rear windscreen, Stinger missiles and HUD, tire spikes, snowmobile skis, rocket booster, self-destruction.
  • BMW Z3 (Goldeneye) : self-destruction, Stinger missiles located behind the headlights, and the "usual refinements".
  • BMW 750iL (Tomorrow Never Dies) : remote-controlled (from Bond's cellphone), reinforced chassis, bulletproof windshield and rear windscreen, concealed compartment (fingerprint-protected safe), security system (capable of delivering electric shocks if door handles are grasped by a intruders), tear gas, missiles, caltrops dispenser, re-inflating tires, cable cutter (concealed under the BMW hood emblem).
  • Aston Martin V12 Vanquish (Die Another Day) : remote-controlled (from Bond's keychain), adaptive camoflage (invisibility), reinforced chassis, bulletproof windshield and rear windscreen, target-seeking shotguns, missiles, tire spikes, passenger ejector seat, radial thermal imaging.

Notable other vehicles:

  • Jet-pack (Thunderball)
  • Underwater propulsion unit (Thunderball)
  • "Little Nellie" autogyro (You only Live Twice)
  • Hydrofoil
  • Carlson Power Boat
  • Amphibious Gondola
  • Acrostar Jet
  • Alligator Boat
  • Hot Air Balloon
  • Fishing Boat

Best lines:

From Goldfinger: (used frequently)
Q: Now, pay attention, 007.

Bond: Ejector seat? You must be joking!
Q: I never joke about my work, 007."


From Moonraker:
Bond: Balls Q?
Q: Bolas, 007.


From Goldeneye:
Q: Need I remind you, that you have
a licence to kill, not break the traffic laws.

Q: Grow up 007 !

Q: Don't touch that ! That's my lunch !


From Die Another Day:
Bond: You're cleverer than you look.
Q: Hmm... still, better than looking cleverer than you are.


From Skyfall:
Q: I'm your new quartermaster.
Bond: You must be joking.

Q: The Walther PPK/S has a nine-millimeter short. It's been coded to your palmprint so only you can fire it. Less of a random killing machine, more of a personal statement.

Bond: This isn't exactly Christmas.
Q: Were you expecting an exploding pen? We don't really go in for that sort of things anymore.

Q: I can do more damage on my laptop in my pyjamas than you can do in one year on the field.
Bond: Then what do you need me for?
Q: Every now and then a trigger has to be pulled.
Bond: Or not pulled. It's hard to know which in your pyjamas... Q?
Q: [shaking his hand] 007.


Trivia:

  • "Q" is based off a real life person - Geoffrey Boothroyd - who was a gun expert. Geoffrey came up with the idea to switch the Beretta to a Walther PPK. He stated to Ian Fleming : "I love everything about James Bond except that damn gun!"



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