Floppy-haired thesp Ben Whishaw is having an autumn for the ages. Hot on the heels of a starring role opposite Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon and Halle Berry in the Wachowski's mesmerizing drama "Cloud Atlas," the 31-year-old is enlisting in Her Majesty's Service as gadget guru Q in James Bond's latest romp "Skyfall."
But the actor is no neophyte—like many of his countrymen, Whishaw cut his teeth in theater (theatre?) before landing roles in "I'm Not There," "Brideshead Revisited" and "The Tempest." He arguably shines brightest, however, in the BBC period piece "The Hour" (which just kicked off its second season across the pond).
By all accounts from early reviews of and reactions to "Skyfall," the film is a must-see, whether you're a Bond fan or not. The most intriguing elements of this installment are its completely original story, director Sam Mendes and a nice new crop of actors filling out the film's supporting ranks.
One of those actors is the extremely talented (and in my opinion criminally underrated) Ben Whishaw, who plays an updated version of the iconic Bond tech geek Q. MTV News was lucky enough to get some chat time with the likable Brit during a recent press day for his other recent film, "Cloud Atlas," during which we discussed his future in the franchise. As you'll see in the video below, there was also a hilarious digression due to the interruption by his "Atlas" co-star James D'Arcy, who wanted to know all about Bond gadgetry.
The obvious talking point when it comes to "Cloud Atlas" is the many transformations the actors make to fit within the interweaving stories on the screen. Some are less extensive than others, but some change Halle Berry into an old Korean man.
That transformation in particular earned the highest marks from her co-star, Jim Sturgess, when MTV spoke with the cast.
"I think Halle had some of the biggest transformations. She played an older person, she played a man that was Korean. I remember having to have a conversation with her while we were shooting that scene," Jim Sturgess said.
You should know that when Q and 007 are talking about an old ship in the National Portrait Gallery during the latest clip from "Skyfall," they're not actually talking about a ship. It's deeper than that.
The brand new clip, which debuted online over at Yahoo! Movies, shows off the introduction of Ben Whishaw's Q, a lean, meaner, tech-ier version of the character made famous by Desmond Llewelyn.
As Daniel Craig's is a different breed Bond, Whishaw's Q has been brought into the 21st century. Gone are the gadget, replaced with a laptop, hacking skills, and an attitude to go with them.
Check out the clip after the jump!
If there's one thing that the Daniel Craig James Bond movies have been sorely lacking, it's been the presence of Q. Fortunately that has been remedied this time around with the casting of Ben Whishaw.
The "Perfume" actor will play a younger version of the fan-favorite character, who has appeared in 22 Bond films. The tech-wizard typically acts in a behind-the-scenes capacity and supplies 007 with gadgets that help him in his missions.
“It’s a real thrill to confirm the return of Q in 'Skyfall' played by the enormously talented, Ben Whishaw. We are delighted to have this beloved character back in the series," producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement (via SuperHeroHype.
Dan Radcliffe might be working on a script no one will want to see, but his next is a movie we're definitely interested in.
Twitch reports that Radcliffe is allegedly up for the part of Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in the upcoming film "Kill Your Darlings." The role originally belonged to Jesse Eisenberg when the movie was first announced, but sources close to Twitch say Radcliffe is apparently taking his place. The former "Harry Potter" star will reportedly get started on the production after he finishes his run on Broadway in "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying."
The film, created by writer-director John Krokidas, is a thriller based on actual events that occurred between famous authors Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Lucien Carr.
Welcome to the big time, Ben Whishaw! The 31-year-old Brit has been cast as Q in "Skyfall," the 23rd James Bond film.
If you’ve only seen the Bond movies of the Daniel Craig era, you may not be familiar with Q, so here's some background info: Q is not really a name, but a job description (like Judi Dench's M). As the head of MI6's Q division, Q provides our hero with all of the gadgets he requires to get his missions done. Need an invisible car? Underwater jet pack? Explosives disguised as toothpaste? Then Q's your man!
Chris Evans ("Fantastic Four") and Jesse Eisenberg ("Adventureland") are both generating a lot of buzz these days, and now the duio are teaming up for a dramatic project that might bump both to the next level. According to Variety, they've signed to star in "Kill Your Darlings", a drama about the violent beginning of the Beat Generation. Evans will play Beat poet Jack Kerouac, and Eisenberg will play Allen Ginsburg, alongside Ben Whishaw ("The International") who will play Lucien Carr.
The beginning of the Beat Generation is a bizarre and gruesome one. The group was brought together in New York by Carr, who was being dogged by a man named David Kammerer. Kammerer and Carr had known each other as children and teenagers, and Kammerer had become obsessed with Carr, stalking him throughout his university career. Descending more and more into madness by Carr's rejection, Kammerer eventually attacked Carr, and Carr stabbed him to death. Read More...