He’s been called armorer, quartermaster, the equipment officer, and Major Boothroyd. But fans of the James Bond movies will always know him simply as Q — OK, Mr. Q, if you take your cues from “Diamonds Are Forever.” He’s the dapper gent in charge of the British Secret Service’s Q Branch, which supplies Double O agents with all kinds of gadgets and weapons to protect themselves and kill others.
Astute Bond fans know that Q hasn’t been seen, or even mentioned, since the film series was rebooted in 2006, when Daniel Craig took over as the new, improved, leaner, meaner Bond. This guy had no need for Q and his gadgets. All he needed was a gun, a fast car, and brute force. But Q is returning to the Bond fold in the new film, “Skyfall.”