Skyfall: New Q Ben Whishaw Hoping To Stick Around James Bond Franchise

Ben Whishaw speaks with Access Hollywood at the Royal premiere of 'Skyfall' in London, Oct. 23, 2012 Ben Whishaw speaks with Access Hollywood at the Royal premiere of 'Skyfall' in London, Oct. 23, 2012

British actor Ben Whishaw joined the James Bond franchise, playing Q in “Skyfall,” and he said the new take on the classic character is what made him agree to the gig.

“I suppose I was intimidated a bit,” Ben told Access Hollywood correspondent Tim Vincent at the “Skyfall” premiere in London on Tuesday, of stepping into the role. “But I also thought, this is such a good opportunity because I’m so much younger than the character. I mean, I can’t really be compared, and I wouldn’t try. Desmond [Llewelyn] and John Cleese were so tremendous, so I thought it had to be new and fresh.”

Ben’s character is an ally of Bond’s, who helps out with technology – computers, gadgets and high-tech weapons – and the British actor, a star of the acclaimed BBC America series, “The Hour,” could be around the Bond franchise for a while.

“I don’t know how many I’m due to do. I want to do it as much as I can. I had such a wonderful time,” Ben told Tim.

“Skyfall,” however, isn’t the first time Ben has teamed up with Daniel on screen.

“I have worked with Daniel before. I first worked with Daniel when I was 17 on a film called ‘The Trench’ and then I did ‘Layer Cake’ with him, and I did a film called ‘Enduring Love,’ so I [feel] like I know him fairly well, so it was wonderful to be reunited with him,” he said.

“Skyfall” opens November 8 in the U.S.

Ben returns to play Freddie Lyon in Season 2 of BBC America’s “The Hour” on November 28 at 9/8c.

-- Jolie Lash

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