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.


  1. He’s just played a superb Richard II in the Shakespeare play of that name on the BBC – Hollow Crowns series). He got plaudits all round; I suspect that’ll protect him from typecasting for a good few years