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Q (which stands for Quartermaster), is the genius behind the weaponry and gadgets. He has helped Bond out in the most crucial of times.

Actors/Appeared In:

  • John Cleese. The character adopted a more serious attitude towards Bond.
    • The World Is Not Enough (1999) where he appeared for the first time as R, Boothroyd's main assistant
    • Die Another Day (2002) where he was established as the new Q, Boothroyd's successor
    • Everything Or Nothing (2004 video game)

Just as Moneypenny, Q was absent from Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace.

  • Ben Whishaw. The youngest actor to portray Q, and the first to be younger than 007. He is introduced as a computer science genius and masterful hacker.

Real name:
  • Major Boothroyd (Desmond Llewelyn's Q)
  • The real name of John Cleese's Q is unknown and will most likely stay so
  • The real name of Ben Whishaw's Q is currently unknown

Notable gadgets:
Notable Cars and their gadgets:
  • Aston Martin DB5 (Goldfinger, Thunderball, Goldeneye, Casino Royale, Skyfall) : equipped with radar tracker, revolving license plate, rear shield, front machine guns, oil dispenser, wheel-destroying spikes on the wheel spinners and passenger ejector seat
  • Lotus Esprit S1 (The Spy Who Loved Me) : cement sprayer (to blind the pursuers' windshield), submarine mode, underwater black dye slick, torpedoes, underwater mines, surface-to-air missiles
  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante (The Living Daylights) : radio scanner (to spy on police and military radio frequencies), wheel spinner laser, bulletproof windshield and rear windscreen, missiles and HUD, tire spikes, snowmobile skis, rocket booster, self-destruction
  • BMW 750iL (Tomorrow Never Dies) : remote-controlled (from Bond's cellphone), reinforced chassis, bulletproof windshield and rear windscreen, concealed compartment (fingerprint-protected safe), security system (capable of delivering electric shocks if door handles are grasped by a intruders), tear gas, missiles, caltrops dispenser, re-inflating tires, cable cutter (in the BMW hood emblem)
  • BMW Z8 (The World Is Not Enough) : remote-controlled (from Bond's keychain), surface-to-air missiles and targetting system
  • Aston Martin V12 Vanquish (Die Another Day) : remote-controlled (from Bond's keychain), adaptive camoflage (invisibility mode), reinforced chassis, bulletproof windshield and rear windscreen, target-seeking shotguns, missiles, tire spikes, passenger ejector seat, radial thermal imaging

Best lines:

From Goldfinger: (used frequently)
Q: Now, pay attention, 007.

Bond: Ejector seat? You must be joking!
Q: I never joke about my work, 007."

From Moonraker:
Bond: Balls Q?
Q: Bolas, 007.

From Goldeneye:
Q: Need I remind you, that you have
a licence to kill, not break the traffic laws.

Q: Grow up 007 !

Q: Don't touch that ! That's my lunch !

From Die Another Day:
Bond: You're cleverer than you look.
Q: Hmm... still, better than looking cleverer than you are.

From Skyfall:
Q: I'm your new quartermaster.
Bond: You must be joking.

Q: The Walther PPK/S has a nine-millimeter short. It's been coded to your palmprint so only you can fire it. Less of a random killing machine, more of a personal statement.

Bond: This isn't exactly Christmas.
Q: Were you expecting an exploding pen? We don't really go in for that sort of things anymore.

Q: I can do more damage on my laptop in my pyjamas than you can do in one year on the field.
Bond: Then what do you need me for?
Q: Every now and then a trigger has to be pulled.
Bond: Or not pulled. It's hard to know which in your pyjamas... Q?
Q: [shaking his hand] 007.

  • "Q" is based off a real life person - Geoffrey Boothroyd - who was a gun expert. Geoffrey came up with the idea to switch the Beretta to a Walther PPK. He stated: "I love everything about James Bond except that damn gun!"

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