Let’s start from the famous scene of Bond and Q’s conversation in the London National Gallery.
Q: It always makes me feel a bit melancholy. Grand old war ship being ignominiously haunted away to scrap… The inevitability of time, don’t you think? What do you see?
James Bond: A bloody big ship. Excuse me.
Q: 007. I’m your new Quartermaster.
Bond: You must be joking.
Q: Why, because I’m not wearing a lab coat?
Bond: Because you still have spots.
Q: My complexion is hardly relevant.
Bond: Your competence is.
Q: Age is no guarantee of efficiency.
Bond: And youth is no guarantee of innovation.
Q: Well, I’ll hazard I can do more damage on my laptop sitting in my pajamas before my first cup of Earl Grey than you can do in a year in the field.
Bond: Oh, so why do you need me?
Q: Every now and then a trigger has to be pulled.
Bond: Or not pulled. It’s hard to know which in your pajamas. Q.
For the entire dialogue, the way Bond and Q interact was very indirect and was very difficult for me to translate for the Japanese readers. Maybe that is a characteristic of the British English.
Q is a fictional character in the James Bond series whose name stands for Quartermaster as well as a reference to Q-ships, and who is a head of a research and development branch called “Q branch” within British Secret Service.
The Q character in 007 Skyfall is the youngest among all the other movie series so Bond’s surprise can easily be understood. In this scene, the painting in front of where Bond and Q are sitting is “The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up” by J.M.W. Turner. It was voted as the nation’s favorite painting in 2005 in UK and now is being exhibited at the National Gallery, London.
The scene where Bond slides down the escalator handrails: That scene was shot without a stuntman solely by Daniel Craig’s acting. Surprisingly the fighting scene in the first part of the movie was also shot without a stuntman. Craig was injured doing the scene and many buildings and roofs were destroyed during the shooting but the completed scene ended up being very powerful and dramatic. By the way, the passport used in the movie is a valid British passport issued by the British government only for shooting. It has been protected so as not to be used if stolen. This was purely impressive on how real they tried to make the movie. Incidentally, Skyfall is the first Bond movie for the viewers to hear a f-word on screen. Would not have even noticed it.
Here in this website, you can check all the product placements in the movie. Amazing how many cars, alcohol products, and other brands offered product placement!
The movie itself took a lot of time for production because MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc) had financial difficulties. The longest gap between 007 movies was 6 years, from 1989 to 1995. The gap between Skyfall and the previous one was 4 years. I’m sure fans were excited to see the new movie after the second longest gap between movies in the entire Bond series history.
Judy Dench, who was 77 at the moment of shooting, retired from the M role and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. I wish I’d be active as her when I’m 77. Ha Ha!
You can check more trivia here on IMDb.
This current 23rd Bond movie episode is completely original and does not appear in the books.
*All images used in this post belong to the production company.
Have a safe day, Millennials.