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In 2004, Freddie Highmore landed a role that child stars the World over could only dream of; the role of 'Charlie Bucket' in 2005's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. While a competent actor thus far, it was Freddie's endearing rendition of Charlie that earned him Worldwide recognition, gaining the respect of his peers, the audience and the plaudits in the process.
Since then, the talented actor has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, in front of - and behind - the camera, and continues to please audiences with his heart-warming, authentic performances. In the run up to his latest release, The Art of Getting By, Freddie sat down with Shadowlocked and spoke openly about his career to date...
1. Freddie [Highmore], you’ve made a brilliant transition from child prodigy to adolescent actor. How have you found the transition?
It's odd really; it seems to have come very natural to me. »
A film from which few were expecting much turned into one of the blockbuster treats of 2011. Mark salutes Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes...
Over the past few weeks, Den Of Geek writers have been voting for the films of the year. It's a democratic vote, which inevitably means that things end up in a slightly funny order that not one individual writer is likely to fully agree with. But it's still a fine list. Here's the one with the most hairy animals in it...
With more and more franchise reboots being announced left and right, seemingly on a weekly basis, you can still count the number of truly great reboots on one hand, even if you include Jj Abrams' Star Trek, which was more of an alternate-universe sequel than a fresh start. And this year, Christopher Nolan's »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 28, 2012
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
Rowan Atkinson’s (TV’s Mr. Bean) bumbling British spy returns in the comedy movie Johnny English Reborn, a sequel to the 2003 film about the titular anti-James Bond who manages to catch the bad guys despite doing everything wrong.
Like the first movie, PG-rated Johnny English Reborn wasn’t a big hit in theaters in the U.S. The original movie grossed $28 million and the second topped out at $8.3 million.
This time around, Atkinson’s Agent MI7 is called out of a sabbatical honing his skills at an isolated Asian temple so he can stop international assassins from killing a Chinese dignitary.
Both the Blu-ray and DVD »
AP In this March 1979 photo from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency, distributed by Korea News Service, leader Kim Jong Il gives advice at the shooting of “An Jung Geun Avenges Hirobumi Ito,” a narrative film.
Kim Jong Il, who passed away Saturday after 14 years of absolute rule over the “hermit kingdom” of North Korea, will be remembered by history as an idiosyncratic despot and a capricious threat to world peace, but his personal eccentricities also made him »
- Jeff Yang
It is, some say, a Roger Moore Bond movie without Roger Moore in it. That’s because Diamonds Are Forever — which celebrates its 40th anniversary this week — is as camp as Glastonbury in June.
Camp? Yes. Camp. Look at the evidence: it has saucy innuendo galore (“You seem to have caught me with more than my hands up”); a Shirley Bassey-delivered title track with Don Black’s ‘ooh-er’ lyrics; a gaudy Las Vegas setting; gay hit men; a moon buggy chase; plus Ernst Stavro Blofeld holding the world to ransom with an outer-space death ray. You know. That kind of camp.
It might have been different had George Lazenby returned for a second bite at Bond, or if American actor John Gavin (from Psycho) had played 007. In fact, Gavin had already signed a contract but, at the last minute, due to studio jitters, Sean Connery was made an offer »
- Tony Greenway
The Devil’s Double, a tense, terrifying and explosive gangster tour de force starring Dominic Cooper (Captain America, An Education) is released on DVD and Blu-ray on 26 December 2011 by Icon Home Entertainment. We have two blu-ray copies to give away.
Based on an unbelievable but true story, The Devil’S Double is about to join the canon of iconic gangster action films. Enter a world beyond your wildest dreams of power, sex and money and your worst nightmares of violence and betrayal. With an incredible performance of two extremes from Cooper, this is a fearless, high-octane film and not for the feint hearted – an unforgettable experience.
Baghdad 1987. Latif (Cooper) is taken to see his former schoolmate Uday (also played by Cooper), eldest son to Saddam Hussein. Latif is told that a great honour had been bestowed upon him: because of the great likeness between them, he has been chosen to be Uday’s body double. »
- Matt Holmes
Actress Also Discusses Being Part Of Martin McDonagh's 'Seven Psychopaths' Maintaining a career after breaking through as a Bond girl is not the easiest thing in the world. Just ask Izabella Scorupco or Denise Richards. If you can find them. But the current batch seem to be doing alright so far. Rosamund Pike has gone from strength to strength since "Die Another Day," and both Eva Green and Gemma Arterton have worked steadily in interesting films since rolling in the hay with 007. But arguably the one with the most intriguing slate of projects ahead of her is Olga Kurylenko, who played female lead Camille Montes in last Bond entry "Quantum of Solace." The actress has cropped up from time to time since that film, most notably as the villain in Neil Marshall's "Centurion," but she's got no less than five films slated for 2012, varying from 3D »
Where would James Bond be without the faithful and snarky Q to hook him up with the latest in cool and sexy spy gadgets? Well, actually I guess Bond would do okay since Q hasn’t been around since 2002’s Die Another Day, but I have to admit that I’ve missed the guy.
Now, the gadget guru will finally meet the latest incarnation of Bond as The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Ben Wishaw will be portraying the equipment-savvy Q, and Bond fans are buzzing because Wishaw is only 31, while Craig is 43. It’s not a huge difference but it will mark the first time that Bond has been older than Q. »
- Marty Shaw
One character that has yet to pop up in the rebooted James Bond universe (first established in Casino Royale) is “Q,” MI6′s resident tinkerer who creates all the wonderful spy gadgets that Bond uses in his perennial quest to thwart evil and save the world.
Q’s four decades’ worth of onscreen appearances have largely been monopolized by actor Desmond Llewelyn (who passed away in 1999), with the last onscreen iteration of the character having been inhabited by John Cleese in the 2002 Bond film, Die Another Day. However, as with many aspects of the rebooted Bond, the character of Q is getting an injection of some new (read: young) blood in the upcoming Bond flick, Skyfall.
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- Kofi Outlaw
Hey, they already changed the gender of M., so I suppose making Q., James Bond’s gadget master, younger isn’t such a big deal. To that end, young Mr. Ben Whishaw (“Brideshead Revisited”, “The Tempest”) has been revealed as Bond’s Q., the man with the plan who shows up usually at the beginning of the film to introduce a new set of wacky (but ultimately very useful) gadgets to our suave spy before he goes out on his missions. Whishaw supplants the late Desmond Llewelyn, who played the character until his death and was replaced by comedian John Cleese in 2002′s “Die Another Day”. Q. and his myriad of gadgets have been missing from the franchise after Daniel Craig took over and the producers decided to go a more “gritty”, “Bourne”-esque direction where, apparently, a cranky old dude with wacky gadgets didn’t quite fit in. It »
Now however it has been revealed via The BBC - Wishaw is set to play Q, the MI6 Quartermaster memorably played by Desmond Llewelyn from 1963's "From Russia with Live" through to 1999's "The World is Not Enough". In that same film John Cleese essentially took over the character's role and performed the same job in 2002's "Die Another Day".
The character, who basically creates and dispenses Bond's various gadgets and vehicles, has been missing from the Daniel Craig-led version of the series. The casting of 31-year-old Whishaw marks the first time in the series Q will be younger than 007 (Craig is 43).
While the role was mostly used as a bit of comic relief later in the series, this is likely to follow »
- Garth Franklin
It always brings a warm feeling to my heart when a television star makes the leap into a highly-publicized film. That's the case with actor Ben Whishaw, whose biggest role to date has arguably been the lead role of the BBC drama The Hour. Whishaw, who has a "sizeable female following" according to The Hollywood Reporter, has been cast as Q in next year's James Bond film Skyfall.
In my review of The Hour, I described Whishaw as "a blend of James Badge Dale (Rubicon) with Matt Smith (Doctor Who)." While I haven't seen him in anything outside The Hour, his performance still sticks out to me as a series highlight -- I'm already looking forward to the show's announced second series because of his great performance as the investigative journalist Freddie Lyon.
Whishaw, who has also appeared »
- Sam McPherson
Ben Whishaw will soon enter the world of exploding pens, broomstick walkie-talkies and wristwatches that shoot poison darts.
Whishaw follows in the footsteps of Desmond Llewlyn, who played the role in 17 Bond films between 1963 and 1999, and John Cleese, who played the part in 2002's "Die Another Day" (promoted to "Q" status after appearing as Llewlyn's assistant, "R," in 1999's "The World is Not Enough").
"Skyfall" marks the first Bond film in which Q isn't considerably older than 007 -- Whishaw is actually some 12 years younger than Daniel Craig, an age difference that is sure to spark a brand-new Bond-q relationship.
- Bryan Enk
As you can probably imagine, U.S. Thanksgiving is a pretty slow time for movie and entertainment news. It would appear that the biggest story of the day is the casting of Q for the upcoming James Bond movie Skyfall... yawn. But wait, there's a twist! According to the BBC, the role has gone to 31-year-old Ben Whishaw, which means that for the first time ever, Bond's gadgets will be designed by someone much younger than him. It might be cause for outrage among Bond purists, except for one thing... having a young gadget guru actually kind of makes sense. Whisaw is not yet well-known to those outside of the U.K., but he did play the lead character in Tom Tykwer's Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. He also had smaller roles in I'm Not There and The Tempest, and he played Keith Richards in the Brian Jones biopic Stoned. »
The guy who doles out the sweet high-tech gadgets for our slick super-spy has a face that can melt hearts and a pair of chestnut doe eyes that have been put to good use as a romantic lead in films like Bright Star, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer and even as hirsute version of Bob Dylan in I'm Not There.
It was confirmed today that mop-topped British cutie Ben Whishaw, 31, will play tool maestro Q, making it the first time in the 007 franchise history that Bond was the eldest of the two. The character has been most famously played by Desmond Llewelyn and memorably taken over by John Cleese in 2002's Die Another Day. »
- Andrea Miller
Although we knew Brit actor Ben Whishaw (Layer Cake) was joining the cast of the new 007 outing Skyfall, up until now we didn’t know much or indeed anything about the character he would be playing. The 31 year-old actor who gave an excellent performance as the lead in Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer will be playing fans favourite Q.
Previously played by the late Desmond Llewelyn in 17 Bond adventures and finally John Cleese in Pierce Brosnan’s last Bond film Die Another Day, fans will be happy to see a regular oo7 character back in Daniel Craig’s third feature as her Majesty’s finest MI6 agent.
Skyfall is currently shooting and is due for release 26th October 2012.
Source: BBC News »
- Craig Hunter
Desmond Llewelyn may be the most famous face of gadget purveyor Q in the James Bond movies, but it is time for the new films to move on. Other actors have played Q as well; John Cleese perhaps being the other most memorable actor in the role for casual fans of the films. Cleese's Q was the last seen, in the 2002 Die Another Day. Now Sam Mendes is bringing the character back for the 23rd Bond film, Skyfall, and he's turning to someone quite a bit younger than previous actors who've played the part: Ben Whishaw, who has been great in projects like Bright Star, Perfume, UK TV series The Hour, and Layer Cake. We've known for weeks that Whishaw has a part in the film, but recent rumors that he is the new Q have only just been confirmed. When Skyfall was announced the film was said to be a self-contained Bond tale, »
- Russ Fischer
It would appear Daniel Craig's third stint as James Bond in what has been officially titled Skyfall will bring more than one familiar franchise character back into the fold. Naomie Harris is already confirmed to play Miss Moneypenny, a character that is first known as a field agent named Eve, and now previously reported cast member Ben Whishaw has been confirmed as gadget maestro Q. Outside of a brief appearance in 1962's Dr. No under his real name Major Boothroyd, Q was first featured in the Bond franchise by Desmond Llewelyn in 1963's From Russia with Love all the way through The World Is Not Enough. After Llewelyn passed away in 1999, the character was portrayed by John Cleese in Die Another Day. Q is the head of Branch Q, the fictional armory division of MI6 and was not seen in Casino Royale or Quantum of Solace, both of which »
- Brad Brevet
In the end Naomie Harris isn’t bringing M’s secretary Miss. Moneypenny back to the James Bond franchise (at the press conference she revealed she was playing a field agent instead) but there is at least one iconic character due to return in Skyfall. The Hollywood Reporter have revealed that Ben Whishaw will be playing the godfather of gadgets and dry wit, Q.
Whishaw was cast in the movie some months ago and we did wonder whether he might just be eccentric enough to play Q but were put off by the fact he’s only 31 years of age. Whilst it will be a little strange to see someone younger than Daniel Craig playing Q, everyone was young once I suppose and we are quite excited about the fresh casting. There’s no reason why he now can’t go on and play the character for decades really.
- Matt Holmes
British actor Ben Whishaw will portray 007′s gadget designer Q in the upcoming James Bond film ‘Skyfall,’ the BBC is reporting. His agent confirmed the news that he will follow in the footsteps of Desmond Llewelyn, who played the role in ‘From Russia With Love.’ The character was most recently seen alongside Pierce Brosnan’s turn as Bond in 2002′s ‘Die Another Day.’ At the age of 31, the star of the BBC’s recent 1950s news drama ‘The Hour’ is 12 years younger than Daniel Craig, who currently plays Bond. This will be the first time the actor portraying Q will be younger than the actor playing Bond. Q is the »
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