Ben Whishaw Unlikely to Return as Q for Bond 26

Ben Whishaw Unlikely to Return as Q for Bond 26

Ben Whishaw has distanced himself from continuing as Q for the next outing Bond 26, stirring waves of both nostalgia and anticipation in the hearts of James Bond aficionados.

The character, having graced the screen with his technological genius and wit in 22 out of the 25 Bond films, is emblematic of the series’ undercurrent of innovation.

Whishaw’s portrayal added a contemporary touch, bridging the gap between the franchise’s storied past and an uncertain future. As fans reel from his revelation, the question emerges: where does Bond go from here?


Ben Whishaw Won’t Be Coming Back

Ben Whishaw, widely regarded as one of the finest actors of his generation, has garnered significant acclaim for his portrayal of Q in the James Bond series. Stepping into the role after its conspicuous absence in the first two Daniel Craig-led Bond films, Whishaw made a resounding re-entry with Skyfall in 2012.

However, in a moment of reflection with Radio Times, the actor candidly said, “I was only contracted to do three films, and they’re done.”

“How many films have they made – 25 or something?,” he went on. “I think they have to keep renewing it if they want to keep going!”

The sentiment here is inescapable. For the Bond series to remain relevant and enticing, it must evolve, reinvent, and perhaps even disrupt itself.

What Next for Bond?

Although Whishaw’s commitment to the franchise was a mere three films, he certainly made a positive impact to the series. It begs the question, who will be the next Q? Will the producers take another break, as they did in the early reboots?

As for the question of who will be the next James Bond? The roster of potential successors to the 007 mantle, ranging from Idris Elba to Tom Hardy via Harris Dickinson, is as intriguing as it is extensive. But, the truth remains shrouded in mystery, fueling endless speculation.

Ben Wishaw as Quartermaster, Q from James Bond films

Many actors linked to the iconic role have tactfully sidestepped such conjectures, though this is to be expected. For now, all we can do is pour a martini, speculate, and eagerly anticipate.

Yet, while Bond’s identity remains undisclosed, other characters’ fates, like Ralph Fiennes‘ M, have been touched upon. Fiennes, displaying an eager vigour to continue in the post-No Time to Die world, confessed, “I love playing M, and I love being part of that franchise. But who knows? Things have to change.”

Big Change is Coming for Bond 26

And change they must. The whispers of a reboot are becoming louder, and even Whishaw couldn’t help but ponder the possibility of a return to the 1960s setting, admitting candidly, “Could be, couldn’t it?”

That said, like most things in the Bond universe, answers are as elusive as the spy himself. Barbara Broccoli, the long-standing producer, hinted at filming not commencing until 2024, pushing Bond’s next appearance to the horizon of 2025 or 2026.

Time, we know, is relative. But for Bond aficionados, the wait for the next adventure, wrapped in mystery and imbued with a legacy, may seem both interminable and fleeting. Only time will tell.