By Todd Allen
I fear we might have a little bit of type casting going on here. They’ve cast a new Q for Skyfall. Ben Whishaw is playing a decidedly younger Q than we’re used to seeing, and definitely more on the nerdy side than the classical preoccupied professor, to look at the promo image:
I saw this photo and I knew I’d seen this new Q before. It turned out it was in another techie role. Whishaw played Pingu, the horribly abused techie/assistant to the titular character in Nathan Barley, a brilliant and scathing satire of hipster culture from the mid-aughts. In fact, there’s even a fan video of Pingu.
You’ve come a long way, Pingu… good luck with the typecasting.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.