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No Time To Die’s Ben Whishaw Talks Q’s Gay Romance Storyline And How The Scene Came Out The Way It Did

While No Time To Die continues to be recognized for making history, there’s a moment in Daniel Craig’s final entry into the James Bond movies canon that forged a path of its own. As Ben Whishaw’s Q was written to have a gay romance storyline in the 25th James Bond film, it could be seen as another sign of progress for the series. However, looking at how the scene came out the way it did, Whishaw himself feels that, in retrospect, more could have been done.  

During an interview with The Guardian, the actor who was introduced into the Bond franchise in 2012’s Skyfall unpacked the moment as more of a footnote than a major revelation. He’s not wrong, as the most that the audience is given to confirm Q’s dating life is a slight mention of an unnamed man who’s supposed to show up for dinner, just as Bond and Moneypenny crash the party to request his help. Noticing the brevity himself, Ben Whishaw laid out the following story about his reaction, and ultimately his acceptance, of the moment as is: 

I think I thought, ‘Are we doing this, and then doing nothing with it?’ I remember, perhaps, feeling that was unsatisfying. For whatever reason, I didn’t pick it apart with anybody on the film. Maybe on another kind of project I would have done? But it’s a very big machine. I thought a lot about whether I should question it. Finally I didn’t. I accepted this was what was written. And I said the lines. And it is what it is.

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