For the "Two for Tuesday" segment, we could have combined any of the James
Bonds. However, there was a recastaway in the movies which translated to the
television universe as well......
AS SEEN IN:
(Formerly R. Real name unknown)
AS SEEN IN:
(Maybe a SCHWEPPES commercial as well)
(The "Q" designation is a work-related title. No Zonk involved.)
Q is a fictional character in the James Bond novels and films. Q (standing
for Quartermaster), like M, is a job title rather than a name. He is the head of
Q Branch (or later Q Division), the fictional research and development division
of the British Secret Service. The character never appears in Fleming's novels
though Fleming's first two novels do refer to him; in subsequent Fleming novels,
we read only of "Q Branch". The character "Q" appears in the Bond film series
and the novelizations of Christopher Wood, John Gardner and Raymond
In the novels, Q is first mentioned by a name in "Dr. No". He is
referred as Major Boothroyd. Boothroyd was at the post of Q for all the novels
by Ian Fleming.
DESMOND LLEWELYN AS Q
Beginning with "From Russia with
Love", Desmond Llewelyn portrayed the character in every official film except
"Live and Let Die" until his death in 1999. In the 1977 film "The Spy Who Loved
Me", as Q was delivering the underwater Lotus, Major Anya Amasova/Agent XXX
(Barbara Bach) greets Q as "Major Boothroyd".
The scenes in the films where Q
briefs Bond on the gadgets that he is going to use on his mission would include
dialogue of antagonism between the two, with Q often annoyed by Bond's wandering
attention span, often telling him "Now pay attention, 007," and Bond's seemingly
playful lack of respect for the equipment he and his branch develop and famously
telling the agent, "I never joke about my work, 007" (a line referenced by his
successor in "Die Another Day"). In "Thunderball", Bond can be heard muttering
"Oh no" when Q joins him in the Bahamas.
However, on occasion, Q has shown a
warm and fatherly concern for 007's welfare, such as at Bond's wedding in "On
Her Majesty's Secret Service", when he assures Bond that he is available if Bond
ever requires his help despite Bond planning to leave MI6, and when, at the
behest of Miss Moneypenny, he secretly sneaks gadgets out of MI6 to help Bond
survive his vendetta against the drug tyrant Sanchez in "Licence to Kill".
JOHN CLEESE AS R, THEN Q (R2Q?)
In "The World Is Not Enough" an assistant to Q was introduced, played by
John Cleese. His real name has yet to be revealed, but he is initially credited
as R in "The World Is Not Enough", stemming from a joke in which Bond asks the
elder Q: "If you're Q, does that make him R?"
Their only shot together in the movie.
(Sorry for the quality.....)
He was officially referred to
as "Q" in "Die Another Day" (2002) following actor Llewelyn's death in
Initially portrayed as rather clumsy, R
then became more self-assured and more in the style of his predecessor. They
both shared the same attitude towards their professional work, requesting that
Bond be more careful in the testing laboratories and return his equipment
In "Die Another Day", Bond at first refers to R as "Quartermaster" but,
silently impressed by the gadgets he is given, calls him "Q" at the end of their
meeting. (The "Die Another Day" DVD reveals that Bond initially saw R as an
'interloper', only awarding the proper title of 'Q' after R has proven
It's possible that Q-R was a serlinguist and he is the man we see
in the following Schweppes commercial:
If so, his comments about the James Bond movies are an expression over his
concerns about the work done by "UNreel".
Or it could just be John Cleese, schilling yet again.....
"If it hadn't been for Q Branch, you'd have been dead long ago."