First Look At Ben Whishaw As Q

Skyfall's quartermaster takes a bow

He's played poets and perfumers, fops and rockers, but we've got a feeling the ever-watchable Ben Whishaw's next trick is going to be more explosive than the lot of them. As MI5's resident gadgets man Q in Skyfall, he follows in the beloved footsteps of Desmond Llewelyn, not to mention the shorter-lived legacy of John Cleese: the first appearance of the character in the Daniel Craig era.

Here's a first look at the head of Branch Q, the one-time Armorer Division of Her Majesty's Secret Service, fiddling about with a new device. Judging by the spew of data behind him and the vaguely non-plussed look on 007's face he could be in the middle of one of his too-much-information data dumps on James Bond.

Whishaw certainly seems to be cutting a heck of a dash - 'Brian Cox cool'? - while maintaining that slightly absent-minded air that's always made Q such a favourite of Bond fans. We can't wait to see what he's got up that cardigan sleeve.

brightcove.createExperiences();Skyfall is out in the UK on October 26.