Clipping the New Quartermaster


Watch this wonderful meet cute clip at The National Gallery between Daniel Craig’s James Bond and Ben Whishaw’s Q. It’s a nice generational reversal featuring witty sparring.

Skyfall (Nov. 9) is all about mixing the old with the new and commenting on 007′s advanced age and fitness for the job during this resurrection story. Looking elegantly preppy, (he reminds me of Tom Courtenay), the new Quartermaster tries to impress and tweak Bond as they stare at J.M.W. Turner’s The Fighting Temeraire. It’s a grand old ship being hauled to the scrap yard but with a beautiful sunset swirling ahead. “The inevitability of time, don’t you think?” the stranger observes.

But when he introduces himself as his new Quartermaster, Bond evokes Goldfinger in remarking, “You must be joking.” Yet it’s much more just a clever deja vu moment: it’s the start of a beautiful relationship, exquisitely written by John Logan and directed by Sam Mendes.

“Age is no guarantee of efficiency,” Q offers.

“And youth is no guarantee of innovation,” Bond replies.

“I’ll hazard  I can do more damage on my laptop, sitting in my pajamas, before my first cup of Earl Grey than you can do a year in the field.”

But Bond has a great comeback…

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, James Bond, Movies, Production Design

One Response to Clipping the New Quartermaster

  1. Gene Hamm

    Traditionally James Bond villains were always older than Bond. It was as if Bond was acting out the Oedipus Complex, killing the father and bedding the father’s mistress.
    But in Die Another Day, the villain was younger than Bond, so it seemed there was a generational shift. M is still like a mother to Bond. The original Q was like a father figure. The new Q being younger than Bond is an interesting twist. And the actor who plays the new Q did a great job in Cloud Atlas.

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