In a new clip from James Bond's forthcoming big screen adventure "Skyfall" 007 meets with his new Quartermaster (played by Ben Whishaw) at London's National Gallery. If you'd ever wondered what the q in "Q" stood for, now you know. Ben Whishaw is Q in "Skyfall." (Columbia Pictures)
A rather grizzled-looking Bond (Daniel Craig) and the still wet-behind-the-ears Q sit and admire J. M. W. Turner's painting "The Fighting Temeraire" while exchanging introductions. The symbolism of the famous painting — which depicts the great warship Termeraire being towed off for scrap — is not lost on the secret agent, who appears to be going through a mid-life crisis of sorts in "Skyfall."
Watch the new "Skyfall" clip entitled "Quartermaster" below.
Whishaw's Q is certainly a departure from the previous incarnations of the character. MI6's master of gadgets and weaponry was a staple of the series until 2002's "Die Another Day," and was always portrayed by older actors. The 32-year-old Whishaw's appearance in "Skyfall" marks not only the debut of the Q character in a Craig 007 film, but also makes him the youngest incarnation of the character to date.