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Q (which stands for Quartermaster), is the genius behind the weaponry and gadgets. He runs the MI6 research and development department. He is responsible for supplying Bond with whatever equipment he needs for his missions. As such, he has helped Bond out in the most crucial of times.


  • John Cleese (born in 1939). The character adopted a more serious attitude regarding Bond's antics. Nevertheless, he was proud of the department he was in charge of after Boothroyd's retirement and provided Bond with the most cutting-edge equipment ever in Die Another Day, even to this day.
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  • Ben Whishaw (born in 1980). The youngest actor to portray Q to this day, the first to be younger than 007 as well, and the first to wear glasses. He is introduced as a computer science genius and masterful hacker who values brains over brawn, and intellect over Craig's Bond's more direct approaches. His youth and lack of field experience make Bond dubious when they meet for the first time, and Q in his turn considers Bond as merely "someone to pull the trigger" at first. Later on, his computer science talents are overwhelmed by Silva's breach in the MI6 security systems, and he assists Bond in his chase against Silva through an operating command center, telling him where to go. Time will tell if their interactions will improve in the next movies, it seems to be shaping up in a good way after Q and Bond shake hands.
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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:

Cars and their known gadgets:

  • 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, Stinger missiles and HUD, tire spikes, snowmobile skis, rocket booster, self-destruction.
  • BMW Z3 (Goldeneye) : self-destruction, Stinger missiles located behind the headlights, and the "usual refinements".
  • 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 (concealed under the BMW hood emblem).
  • Aston Martin V12 Vanquish (Die Another Day) : remote-controlled (from Bond's keychain), adaptive camoflage (invisibility), reinforced chassis, bulletproof windshield and rear windscreen, target-seeking shotguns, missiles, tire spikes, passenger ejector seat, radial thermal imaging.

Notable other vehicles:

  • Jet-pack (Thunderball)
  • Underwater propulsion unit (Thunderball)
  • "Little Nellie" autogyro (You only Live Twice)
  • Hydrofoil
  • Carlson Power Boat
  • Amphibious Gondola
  • Acrostar Jet
  • Alligator Boat
  • Hot Air Balloon
  • "Fishing" Boat

Best lines:

From Goldfinger:

Q: Now, pay attention, 007. (used frequently in the films)

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.

Bond: Check the tape. You'll find he's dead and she only has a flesh wound.
Q: There's always an excuse, isn't there, Double-O-Zero?

Bond: Give me the old fashioned target range, Quartermaster.
Q: Yes, well, it's called the future, so get used to it.
Q: Your new transportation. (nothing visible on the platform) Bond: Maybe you've been down here too long...
Q: The ultimate in British engineery.
Bond: You must be joking... Q: As I learned from my predecessor, Bond, I never joke about my work. Aston Martin call it "the Vanquish", we call it "the Vanish". (the car appears)
Bond: (amazed) Ah, very good!

(Bond destroys the Aston Martin's manual)
Q: Wish I could make you vanish.

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.

[Bond is chasing Silva who escaped, trying to open a door] Bond: It won't open. Q: Of course it will, put your back into it. Bond: Why don't you come down here and put your back into it?


  • Desmond Llewelyn's 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 to Ian Fleming : "I love everything about James Bond except that damn gun!"

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