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    James Bond Skyfall First Look: Ben Whishaw as Gadget-Master Q

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    After being missing in action since 2006's Casino Royale, the first flick with Daniel Craig in the role of the suave superspy, James Bond's gadget-loving comic foil returns to the franchise's next installment, Skyfall, with Ben Whishaw playing the iconic Q.

    The 31-year-old British thesp, who previously costarred with Craig in 2004's Layer Cake, will pick up where Welsh actor Desmond Llewelyn left off, having portrayed Q and aided 007 in 17 previous big screen missions.

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    Llewelyn's last turn came shortly before his death in 1999 following the release of the Pierce Brosnan vehicle The World Is Not Enough during which Q handed his MI6 chores over to his assistant and ultimate successor, R, played by John Cleese.

    With the series now successfully rebooted under Craig, Bond producers tapped Whishaw to put a more youthful, contemporary—and apparently judging by the newly released photo obtained by E! News—geeky spin on the techno wiz.

    Skyfall hits theaters in the U.S. Nov. 9.

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