Bond producers have released the first official picture of Ben Whishaw as Q.
The character, made famous by Desmond Llewelyn in the original Bond series, makes his first appearance in the re-booted franchise in this year’s Skyfall.
The film sees Bond’s loyalty to M (Dame Judi Dench) tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 (Daniel Craig) must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
Skyfall also stars Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney.
Whishaw, who appeared in BBC One’s The Hour also starred as Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited.
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli commented: “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.”
Skyfall is scheduled to arrive in UK and Irish cinemas on October 26th 2012. North America fans will be able to see it from November 9th 2012.