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The surprise upon meeting Daniel Craig is his gentleness. It isn't that you expect him to be scarred and basted and bleeding, as he is throughout much of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, the two films in which he has played James Bond. (He is currently shooting a third, Skyfall, which will open next October, and is rumoured to have signed up for a further five.) But he goes beyond politeness: he's relaxed, even goofy, and quick to laugh, especially at himself. The blue eyes, which can seem glacial in his closeups as Bond, are warm and zesty. His features are as deeply etched as the grooves of a wood carving; the hair is sandy-coloured and fluffy. What else? There's the »
- Ryan Gilbey
Welcome to the second part of The Truffles – the HeyUGuys Movie Awards in which our team dole out an alternative set of awards to the great and good of this year’s cascade of movies.
You can read Part 1 by clicking here and read on to see which cinematic heroes are hoisted high above the crowd and which are dragged into a nearby corner and pummelled.
Here are more unique awards as we take on the year that was…
A show stopping moment from one of my highlights of the cinematic year. Elizabeth Olsen was rightly lauded for her magnetic central performance in Sean Durkin’s film, but it was Sarah Paulson and John Hawkes who stood out for me. What stuck with me most was the moment when Hawkes’ latent anger is given an outlet »
And now he looks set to overtake Sir Roger Moore as the longest-running actor to play the superspy if he signs a deal to film a total of eight movies.
Moore currently holds the record with seven films, while Sean Connery took on six movies as Bond.
Wilson tells Britain's The People, "Daniel's been a terrific Bond, a superb actor and a terrific man. The fans love him and I don't think there's a better actor to play the part.
"I'd love Daniel to surpass Roger's record and do eight pictures. A lot of people have said Daniel's been their favourite Bond since Sean Connery and I can't argue with them. He's doing a great job." »
Whishaw, who's 31, will be the first Q who is younger than James Bond (Daniel Craig), notes the BBC, which first reported the casting news. The character was played for most of the Bond series by Desmond Llewelyn; after his death in 1999, John Cleese replaced him in "Die Another Day." Q wasn't in the first two Bond movies starring Craig.
It makes sense to us, though, to have a younger actor as Q, considering the tech Bond has used in the past two movies has tended more toward sophisticated computer equipment than shoes with daggers in the heel.
Whishaw starred in the BBC miniseries "The Hour" earlier this year; his other credits include "The Tempest," "Bright Star" and "I'm Not There." He also worked with Craig on the 2004 crime movie "Layer Cake. »
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!
Though Q was Mia from “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace” he’d been a fixture in Bond flicks since the Sean Connery days. Desmond Llewelyn played Q in 17 of the movies, followed by John Cleese who handled the job twice (first as Q’s assistant R) for Pierce Brosnan’s Bond. »
- Tami Katzoff
Sam Mendes is changing things up for the 23rd Bond pic Skyfall. He's cast British actor Ben Whishaw, the lead in Bright Star, as Q -- Bond's gadget guru at MI6. Previously, Q was played by talented, old but not what you'd call "cute" actors Desmond Llewellyn and John Cleese. Whishaw is 31 years old -- that's 12 years younger than Daniel Craig, the current James Bond.
Whishaw actually worked with Daniel Craig before on Matthew Vaughn's Layer Cake. He's currently starring as King Richard III in the movie of the same title and was Ariel in Julie Taymor's The Tempest.
Source: Variety »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
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
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
"Must you touch everything?" Well this is odd casting, but we'll have to accept it. THR is reporting that Ben Whishaw (in Layer Cake, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, The Tempest, Cloud Atlas) will be playing a young agent Q in Sam Mendes' Bond 23, officially titled Skyfall, now shooting in England. Q is an iconic character from the original movies, played by one of my all-time favorite actors Desmond Llewelyn (seen right above), and hasn't appeared in the new Daniel Craig reboot yet. I didn't expect this kind of casting to be confirmed, but here we go. THR simply says that Whishaw is "reported to have been assigned the role." Q (which stands for Quartermaster), like M, is a job title rather than a name. He is the head of Q Branch (or later the Q Division), the fictional research and development division of the MI6 British Secret Service. »
- Alex Billington
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
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
Clearly, director Sam Mendes is seeking to update the Bond franchise and pull in some younger viewers. While Daniel Craig and Judi Dench are returning as agent 007 and his boss, M, respectively, John Cleese will not come back as Q. That role will go to a younger-generation gadget-master to be played by Ben Whishaw, 31, a terrific actor who shined as Freddy Lyon in the Brit TV series "The Hour," Ariel in Julie Taymor's "The Tempest," one of several incarnations of Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There," and Jane Campion's "Bright Star," among other films. He co-starred with Craig in "Layer Cake" as well, and stars opposite »
By Sean O’Connell
Craig’s Bond finally is getting a Q.
Ben Whishaw, star of “Perfume,” “I’m Not There” and “Layer Cake” (also with Craig), has been cast as the legendary inventor in the next Bond film, directed by Sam Mendes, THR reports. He’ll join an ensemble that already includes Dame Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, and Albert Finney.
Q has not been seen in a Bond film since John Cleese attempted the role in 2002’s “Die Another Day,” with Pierce Brosnan in the lead. Prior to that, the character had been played for decades by the irascible Desmond Llewelyn, until the actor passed away.
The notable difference with Whishaw in the role is the age. »
- Sean O'Connell
Ben Whishaw will play James Bond's gadget master Q in Skyfall. The Hour star, who appeared opposite Daniel Craig in 2004's Layer Cake, was confirmed as part of the Skyfall cast at the recent 007 launch press conference. However, director Sam Mendes declined to reveal which character Whishaw would play. The British actor will be the third star to take on the part of Q in the Eon Bond franchise following on from Desmond Llewelyn and John Cleese. The Office and Extras (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
London — Writer J.K. Rowling and actress Sienna Miller gave a London courtroom a vivid picture on Thursday of the anxiety, anger and fear produced by living in the glare of Britain's tabloid media, describing how press intrusion made them feel like prisoners in their own homes.
The creator of boy wizard Harry Potter told Britain's media ethics inquiry that having journalists camped on her doorstep was "like being under siege and like being a hostage." Miller said years of car chases, midnight pursuits and intimate revelations had left her feeling violated, paranoid and anxious.
"The attitude seems to be absolutely cavalier," Rowling said. "You're famous, you're asking for it."
The pair were among a diverse cast of witnesses – Hollywood star Hugh Grant, a former soccer player, a former aide to supermodel Elle Macpherson and the parents of missing and murdered children – who have described how becoming the focus of Britain's »
With The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo opening in less than a month, soon we’ll be turning our attention to Daniel Craig’s next project, Skyfall, aka James Bond 23. While we don’t much to show you other than Craig looking a little haggard but dapper as always, you can be sure that more set photos will pop up between now and the film’s November 9th release. Filming in London’s Trafalgar Square this past weekend, Craig was willing to provide as much information on the film as these pictures show (that is to say, next to nothing), but director Sam Mendes (Away We Go) was a little more candid. Hit the jump to check out the photos. Mendes has attempted to squash the idea that a Bond film will be short on excitement saying “It, I think, has all the elements of a classic Bond movie, »
- Dave Trumbore
EastEnders' new recruit Jamie Foreman has revealed that he will be "proud" to have the soap on his CV. The actor was cast in the part of Derek Branning back in the summer and will start appearing on the show later this week. Foreman is best known for his film career, having appeared in Layer Cake, Gangster No.1 and Sleepy Hollow among others. Reflecting on his decision to join Albert Square, Foreman told Hot TV: "If I did a movie and it got 8 million viewers, it'd be a box office smash. This show gets it four nights a week and once on Sunday, there you go. "Its pedigree speaks for itself and it's been going for a lot of years now, and it's going to go on for a lot of years. I'd be very proud to have that on my CV." Asked what viewers (more) »
- By Daniel Kilkelly
We all know the importance of the director, they are the heart and soul of a film (in layman terms… we don’t want to go into the auteur theory here) and few have careers that flourish decade after decade, yet the Spielberg’s and the Scorsese’s are still going strong.
The future of cinema is folly to guess, but below are a list of ten of the best visionaries in the industry from the past eleven years, filmmakers I hope go on to define the 21st century. I’ve decided to look back on the last decade, and moving forward into the current, to see what filmmakers have made the greatest impressions and gone on to take the world by storm, with the future of cinema in the back of my mind.
Here’s a look at what new talent I think has grown and will flourish from »
- Adam Lock
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