Q: Desmond Llewelyn, Ben Whishaw, the gadgets and more


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On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy are joined by journalist Mark Harrison to do a deep dive into Q, the MI6 Quartermaster who has appeared in 22 out of the 25 Eon Bond films, as well as 1967's Casino Royale and 1983's Never Say Never Again.

The episode takes a look at the history and origins of Q in the Ian Fleming novels, discussing his likely inspirations and early appearance in Dr No. We also take a look at the rich life and career of Desmond Llewelyn, the actor with the most appearances in the entire film series from 1963's From Russia With Love to 1999's The World Is Not Enough.

We dig into the other incarnations of Q from Geoffrey Bayldon in Casino Royale to Alec McCowen in Never Say Never Again, and Ben Whishaw's modern take on the character. We're saving John Cleese's R for a later episode.

It wouldn't be an episode on Q without discussing his many gadgets too, and we've also squeezed in a little quiz at the end for those that want to take part.

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