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James Bond's 'Q' Dies

Roblimo posted more than 14 years ago | from the it-only-looks-like-an-ordinary-cigarette-lighter dept.

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Pzykotic writes "The great actor Desmond Llewelyn, who played Q in all but 2 Bond films died in a head-on car crash in England today at age 85. I loved that guy, he will be sorely missed." Here's the BBC story. 72 readers submitted this news before we got it posted, so obviously Mr. Llewelyn was a bit of a geek icon, eh? Update: 12/19 07:51 by CT : I just watched Thunderball last night. God he was cool.

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He will be missed... (1)

MaximumBob (97339) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460737)

Man, he was the best part of some of those movies. He will be missed sorely. I know he was retiring, but it's still tragic that he died, of course -- if he was anything at all like the character he played, he'd have been a great person to be around.

Amazing Coincidence (2)

thesteveco (20012) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460743)

It's sad, no doubt. But isn't it odd that they just introduced John Cleese as his successor? That, and the sly "getaway" as he descended from Bond's presence. Coincidence?

(Planting the conspiracy theory seed early)

Re:Amazing Coincidence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460756)

There's no such thing as coincidence - only the human mind's ability to find patterns. I'm sure he intended WiNE to be his last Bond film.

But I've always said they should stop making Bond films when Q dies... I never though he'd retire before dying! And as much as I am a fan of (even worshipful of) John Cleese, it'll never be the same. They got the best replacement they possibly could have. But it's still a real shame that Q is dead...

What's a coincidence is that he didn't die of old age or some disease, he died like James Bond would have!

Worst news I've ever read on Slashdot.

Re:Amazing Coincidence (1)

RainbowSix (105550) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460815)

I found the incident coincidental also. I thought he was old, but it was ironic that it was a car crash. Didn't he have some sort of air bag, or other nifty gadget? :)

Very Interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460819)

Too bad. He did a very good job as 007's gadget designer. I really enjoyed his witty quips. Very interesting how he announced his 'retirement' in the last 007 movie. I wonder why?

Re:He will be missed... (2)

raskolnik (101795) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460821)

I'm sure he was nothing like he was in his film. Otherwise he would have had an ejection seat and rocket boosters on his car. Although the articles don't sepcifically say it *doesn't* have rocket boosters...
"You should never have your best trousers on when you turn

How will the Bond films handle it?? (3)

Cef (28324) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460823)

It'll be interesting how the Bond series handles this. Desmond had previously stated that he wanted to do the part until he died, and had supposedly made remarks that if he died on-stage that it was to be used as footage if possible.

So will it just be that Q retires, or that something happens to him in the next film? Only time, and his family, will tell I guess.

It is of course possible that they filmed an ending scene for him already. Then of course there is all the technical trickery that can be done with computers and existing footage (some of which would probably be from the cutting room floor).

Of course, no one will ever truely replace Q, but it will be a sought after role for many actors. So who should be the next Q? Slashdot poll anyone?

Whatever happens, I think there should be some sort of dedication to him at the start of the next film, such as In the memory of Desmond Llewelyn, may he rest in peace.

he will be missed (1)

Agent Orange (34692) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460828)

A sad day. The underappreciated passes on, and will be sorely missed.

Kudos to the man, and his memory.

He will be sadly missed (1)

badgerz (90254) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460832)

It's a shame, i was really hoping that he would be back, at least in a cameo, for the next bond movie. Q was always one of the constants in the bond movies, even when they weren't so great(George Lazenby!). You could always count of Q for his pantented "Oh grow up 007!". Well, the bond movies surely will be lacking from now on, but his contribution is greatly appreciated. We will miss him

Re:How will the Bond films handle it?? (1)

Hacksworth (81145) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460834)

If you're able to see the latest James Bond flick, then you'll see what happens to him. It's a fitting replacement, I think. I'm not gonna give it away here, but if someone else wants to spoil it, be my guest. :)

Really sad.. (4)

ChrisUK (92178) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460844)

This is *really* sad. Just today, in our local mall, I noticed that he was signing books tonight, so I guess that Mr. Llewellyn must have been on his way back from the signing when he crashed the car. I was going to go to the event, but ended up seeing the new Arnie flick with some friends instead. Now I know what I *should* have done. He'll be missed, that's for sure. :(

Chris.

It's odd ... (2)

dudle (93939) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460846)

Austin Martin, BMW, etc. Never, EVER french cars. Now we understand why. I think it's pretty odd.

Oh well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460848)

If only 007 hadn't blown up his boat.

Re:Strangely prophetic... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460851)

Just wonder if this will have any effect on the box office takings or the Bond franchise as a whole.

Re: Q (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460852)

(Troll / Offtopic / Overrated post, but NOT Flamebait :)

LOL!!!

In the heavy atmosphere of the topic, you just made me crack the biggest smile I've had today.

We'll all miss Llewelyn, but at least we still have the Grits Guy. Agent G, I salute you!

We'll miss you, Q... (1)

Uberminky (122220) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460854)

Personally, I always said Q was the best part in all the Bond movies. I always opened my eyes a little wider during the scenes taking place in his little "dungeon of devices"... Always loved watching is nifty gadgets. "Q" actually used to be my nick on IRC, but I had to change it, for various reasons... Just today, while playing Q3 Arena, I decided to change my name to "Q", just for the heck of it (first time I'd ever used that nick). Within minutes, I heard on the news that the man had died... We'll miss you, Q.

a car crash? (1)

ywwg (20925) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460857)

When I saw the headline I assumed he had died of a heart attack or some other natural cause. Well, I guess no one can say he died too young! He certainly left his mark on the world, and will be missed.

Underappreciated? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460858)

Not underappreciated by me, and I suspect a lot of of ther people also loved him. Scenes with him were what I look foreward to in Bond films (ok, him and the barely dressed chick scenes.)

Great shame (1)

Zemran (3101) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460860)

He was always the great constant in the Bond movies. It was a loss when he decided to retire and now this is an even greater loss. I always looked forward to his part in the movies, with the gadgets that he so lovingly introduced. He saw the gadgets as his babies and Bond just saw them as tools.

I think Cleese is to comic to replace him. Bond movies were always tongue in cheek, Cleese is in your face comedy.

Re:With regard to Q... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460863)

Excuse me, but is this a joke? If not, would you mind including a little more proof into your "discussion"? Maybe just a few referecnes to actual events (in the real world) that back up your statements. Thanks.

Geek icon (1)

ben.b (71106) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460864)

Of course... Q worked in geek heaven. Any one of us would love to have access to his lab.

Re:I still think... (2)

Syberghost (10557) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460867)

There's nothing that says they can't have a different successor every film.

John DeLancie would be a very good choice, puns aside.

(For those who don't know, John played "Q" on every Star Trek series since "Next Generation".)

Heck, maybe every person who plays his replacement could be an actor named John. :-)

Did anyone think..... (1)

ctxspy (94924) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460871)

Does anyone think that perhaps he commited suicide? I don't mean to be insensitive, but it just might be true. His wife has alzheimers, he resigned from (?may have been forced to resign from?) his role as James Bond, and maybe he just wanted go out with a bang.

Re:With regard to Q... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460873)


I realize that everyone is entitled to his opinion, and I respect this. I also hope that you will all respect mine as you read this letter. First, the misinformation: Dr. Q suggests that we should all bear the brunt of his actions. Where the heck did he come up with that? We are starting to witness the self-righteous effects of his declamations.
Each of us should realize after a moment's thought that his ebullitions are out of step with democratic practices of equity and fair play. History offers innumerable examples for the truth of this assertion. I know the following is a cheap shot, but Dr. Q and his cronies pay little or no attention to the negative impact that diabolism will have on our daily lives.
Failure to define our terms more clearly will lead to a deluge of complaints by his lackeys. Whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to criticize the obvious incongruities presented by Dr. Q and his henchmen. We have a right, an indisputable, inalienable, indefeasible, divine right to place a high value on honor and self-respect. I decidedly don't know what his problem is, but Dr. Q's "compromises" have a devastating effect on the poor, the sick, and the elderly. Does Dr. Q have trouble living with himself, knowing that many lives have been lost to jujuism? When was the last time you heard malicious megalomaniacs mention that some of the things he says and some of the things he stands for are so unambitious, it hurts to think about them?
My next point of order is that I speak from experience. Fortunately, most people understand that Dr. Q is not above the law. Certainly, his grievances blend catty fatuous nativism (manifested in an unrealistic stance) with a purported support for environmentalism, trade unionism, and the dignity of labor.
There are situations where certain shell games are appropriate and there are situations where they are not. Dr. Q has been, still is, and always will remain more uncouth than the worst kinds of mad uncontrollable undesirables there are. Although this has been overlooked or ignored by the established scientific community, the reason I'm writing this letter is that passion precludes his ability to ignore trivialities and to concentrate on the important aspects of the problem. For your edification, I should point out that Dr. Q needs some serious professional help. Dr. Q's unforgiving warped assistants seem to think they can escape the consequences of their actions. And that's all I have to say.

Re:With regard to Q... - please remove (1)

ChrisUK (92178) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460874)

Guys, please remove this comment. It's a vulgar excuse for a comment on the death of a great man. :(

Chris.

Re:With regard to Q... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460875)

Yes, it is a joke. You too can be flamebait by going to Scot Pakin's automatic complaint letter generator [uiuc.edu] . Now that this fool's little secret is out, maybe he can think of things more constructive to do with his time than making light of someone's death.

Death icon. DEATH ICON!!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460876)

72 readers submitted this news before you posted it? Congratulations, Roblimo! You've helped make Slashdot a place for obituaries. Now, can we have an appropriate icon? This is about as interesting as a profile on the life of a random actor, actress, celebrity, writer, etc. If this IS news for nerds (by some twisted definition) then GIVE IT AN ICON.

A little known fact - Q's real name (2)

gibbo2 (58897) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460877)

I was looking at the filmograhpy that someone linked to above, and in one of his movies (From Russia with Love i think), he is listed as Q (Major Boothroyd). I've never heard this name - maybe it was mentioned once then dropped. Anyway, a little trivia for you...

Personally, I don't think he will ever be replaced - I respect Cleese's work, and think he is a piss-funny comedian, but that's just not what Q was.

"Oh, grow UP, 007!"

Re:With regard to Q... - please remove (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460878)

That would be censorship! But freedom of speech is probably something you Brits wouldn't understand anyway.

Re:Strangely prophetic... (1)

Sp@mMan (82919) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460879)

Not really, from what I hear and read, he already announced his retirment, hence the introduction.

Re:With regard to Q... - please remove (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460880)

I don't think that they can remove it but we can let everyone know that it was made by a computer. I half wish that this guy would get into a car accident so that we could make automatic complaint letters [uiuc.edu] about him too.

Re:With regard to Q... - please remove (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460881)

How can a computer have freedom of speech? Refer to my earlier post about how this is compueter generated. [uiuc.edu]

That's a shame (1)

mochaone (59034) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460882)

That's what happens when you drive on the wrong side of the road.

(just kidding...take it easy on me moderators)

Re:With regard to Q... - please remove (1)

ChrisUK (92178) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460883)

Yeah, fine, I guess it would be censorship. But given that the guy didn't write it himself, and therefore probably didn't empathise with what's being said, I think it can be removed. The dead shouldn't be insulted - Mr. Llewellyn was, I'm sure, a great man, and doesn't deserve to be ridiculed by a computer-generated insult.

Chris.

Re:Death icon. DEATH ICON!!!!! (1)

gibbo2 (58897) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460884)

Don't you think the fact that at least 70 people took the time to submit the story makes it relevant news?

If that many people were interested, I certainly think that qualifies it as news for nerds.

I'll miss you. (1)

The Sith Lord (111494) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460885)

Desmond, I'm going to miss you. You always lit up my day (or evening) with your quick wit and brilliant gadgets. John Cleese? Good luck, you have big shoes to fill.

Re:With regard to Q... - please remove (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460886)

Agreed! Hey my name is Chris, too! Maybe it something with the name that gives us a predisposition to disliking instulting the dead. Did you visit the link? It is good for jokes on friends, but not for those who have passed on.

Re:I still think... (1)

LordXarph (38837) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460887)

that they should have brough John De Lance in as his successor...

Amen! I've always thought the same thing since TNG premiered... =)

-Lx?

My complaint about Comdr. Rob V. Taco, Esq. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460888)

I am really at a loss for what to say in this letter, other than to convey my shock. Instead of focusing on why Comdr. Rob V. Taco, Esq.'s announcements are simply the result of vested interests striking back at a group whose actions in support of religious freedom, social reform, and government accountability have cut through those vested interests, I would like to remind people that I, hardheaded cynic that I am, have no idea why Rob V. Taco wannabees have sprouted across the country like mushrooms after a downpour. In all fairness, if you look back over some of my older letters, you'll see that I predicted that he would leave a generation of people planted in the mud of a wrongheaded world, to begin a new life in the shadows of antidisestablishmentarianism. And, as I predicted, he did. But you know, that was not a difficult prediction to make. Anyone who has bothered to learn even a little about Comdr. Taco could have made the same prediction. Each liberated mind that examines all of the evidence is a break in the chains that bind us all. Why doesn't Comdr. Taco try doing something constructive for once in his life? It must be pointed out over and over again to his cronies and, in a broader sense, to shabby autocrats that I frequently talk about how his formula for masochism is more snooty than ever. I would drop the subject, except that his shenanigans epitomize elitism in its truest form. Comdr. Rob V. Taco, Esq., who has posed as Savior of the World, is nothing else but the world's seducer, its destroyer, its incendiary, and its executioner. And that's all I have to say.

PS: Q rocks. Damn shame. I noticed the article from the UK has little snippets of interviews with family members, and they sound just like regular people. I thought that was interesting, since here in the US people avoid talking to the media, since they twist things around and throw your words back at you.

Anyone else notice this?

Gadgetter extrordinary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460889)

"On Monday he was due to sign copies of Q, The Biography of Desmond Llewelyn, at Forbidden Planet in New Oxford Street, central London. "

Bet those will be worth a fortune soon.


"Derek Malcolm, film critic for The Guardian newspaper, said: "The thing about him was that he was very likeable on screen despite the fact that he was evil, creating these terrible things to give to Bond to kill his enemies. "

Not evil. The moments were we got to see all the gadgets were the high points of all the bond films. The levitating serving tray with an "edge", or the bollo that gave a close "haircut". Anyone remember their favorite gadget"

Re:With regard to Q... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460892)

Get a life, troll. It is people like you that fragment the topic of dicussion on /. I know that I am doing the same thing. But I just ruined your little joke didn't I? Ha! So much for people thinking that someone actually wrote all that crap.

A definite influence on my life (1)

Black Art (3335) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460893)

I watched alot of spy films as a kid. James Bond never stuck in my mind back then. Only Q and Derek Flint seemed to do that. I enjoyed the creative use of technology and the glee that he enjoyed showing off all of his cool toys. (And his displeasure when they were not taken care of or mishandled.) One of the people who made me want to get into lasers and computers at an early age. (About 9-10. And that was the early 70s!)

Probably only the second death of a public figure to affect me emotionally. (The other was William Gaines, the publisher of Mad magazine.)

It shows you just how well he did when he had as big a following as the lead character.

He will be missed.

My deepest condulences: (1)

Energy Flow (34311) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460895)

I don't mean to sound insensitive, but him dieing really doesn't suprise me too much. Everytime I watch a bond movie I wounder how much longer that man has to live. He had a good full life though, and it's too bad he's gone now.

It's kind of funny, though, that there where three or four bonds (I cant remembert he exact number) who obviously had the main role, compared to this one man who played the same small role through out all the films. It's kind of weird that it's not the other way around.

Re:It's odd ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460896)

I think it's "Aston-Martin". But yes, I've heard the little French cars are death traps.

Apparently, industries in France have a much stronger focus on energy concerns that the other euro countries, and the metal is thinner, and there is less of it (comparatively).

I'm a little suprised a famous actor would be driving a french car. I thought they were considered junk.

I'm sure some french readers will ream me for this, but the truth should be known. I've never heard of french cars being prised for safety, except for one -- the citroen.

Re:My complaint about Comdr. Rob V. Taco, Esq. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460897)

I don't think that it has so much to do with difference across the pond as much as it does with the type of 'star.' Q wasn't exactly the center of attention, so he had no reason to hide. I would think that the brit celebs would hide themselves more, what with the crazy tabliods and all.

Re:My complaint about Comdr. Rob V. Taco, Esq. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460898)

I don't think that it has so much to do with difference across the pond as much as it does with the type of 'star.' Q wasn't exactly the center of attention, so he had no reason to hide. I would think that the brit celebs would hide themselves more, what with the crazy tabliods and all. Does this mean that you aren't going to post anymore of that crap?

Re:Amazing Coincidence (1)

znark (77857) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460899)

I'm sure he intended WiNE to be his last Bond film.

According to what he has himself been saying in the recent interviews and what some sources say [ianfleming.org] , he was supposed to continue acting at least in the next Bond movie as well.

John Cleese was not introduced as "R" because Llewellyn would have liked to retire but because of his old age (as a kind of a precaution, which apparently - sadly - paid off).

Re:My complaint about Comdr. Rob V. Taco, Esq. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460900)

Whoops.

Yes, offtopic but please read on (2)

The_Jazzman (45650) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460901)

First of all, I know this is about as off-topic as they come, but hey, karma may be sacrificied to get Slashdot the help it needs.

Now, I'm writing this as around 60 comments have been posted... of which nearly a fifth have been complete troll trash... and all apart from one of them has been an anonymous coward post.

I like to read at -1 or 0 because then I can read the unmoderated comments that may not be abusive, but not good enough to be top rated.
However, it gets to me the amount of sheer abuse and crap there is in this story.

Sod the whole anonymous coward concept - make them register and then if they're abuse, report the ip and time/date to their isp... who have probably got stringent rules about such behaviour.

Shame... 'Q' was my fave from the Bond films.

If Only... (1)

plaxion (98397) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460902)

those cars he suped up for 007 were real instead of Hollywood mirages. Then maybe he could've turbo-boosted his way out... or at least ejected in time.

*sigh* life is unfair and he will be sincerly missed.

The passing of a geak idol. (3)

Forge (2456) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460903)

Of course he matters to us. 'Q' is the geak of the Bond mythology. Monepeny is the "pretty but prudish" secretary ( a nice enough role model from a moral perspective, for young girls ) and Bond himself is a civilized "Conan". ( think about that last one. It'll come to you :).

Q will be surely missed. I will be wearing a black arm band to see "The world is not enough" in memory of him. If anyone else cares to pay his/her respects in this way go right ahead.

The whole Bond thing is woven into Jamaican culture since Ian Fleming lived here when he wrote the early stories. At least 2 of the movies were set here ( in part ). "James Bond" ( the name ) was the author of a book on Caribbean birds. Mr. Fleming stole his name because "It was the most boring name I could find". He was more than a little surprised when at the opening of one of the 1st 007 flicks Mr. Bond walked up to him and introduced himself just like the goy in the movie. Except with ID to prove it.

Q. Of course was a key character in all of this. Without him, there would be no way to know before hand what kind of arsenal 007 carried and that would just make his antics seam a little lame.

Re:Really sad.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460904)

Well, merry christmas to you too.

Q helped hold the franchise together (5)

Scudsucker (17617) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460905)

As others have said, Llewelyn was the constant in the series; everyone else has changed. I think the current M actress has had the part longer than any other, one Money Penny actress had a long run at it but there have been 3 different ones in the last four movies, and everbody knows how many different Bond actors we've had. Hell, Bond's friend in the CIA, Feilix Lighter (sp) even managed to change races between movies.

How fortunate (for the Bond fans anyway) that they set up Q's succession in The World Is Not Enough. Cleese is a good choice, not only because he's a good actor but because he wont try to be like Llewelyn's Q. He'll be geeky and techy, but it looks like he has a low opinion of Bond and I look forward to watching them quibble in furture movies.

I hope Cleese will be able to stay on as long as Llewelyn did, and I also hope the other actors (like the one that plays M) stick around for a long time. I think it adds a lot to a running series if you keep the same people or objects around, like Llewelyn as Q or the Tardis in Dr. Who. Now they just need to find some Sophia Loren type chick (one that still looks great in her 60's) at the age of 18 to play Money Penny. :-)

Goodbye Desmond, thanks for helping to make Bond into what he his today. You will be missed as one of the great geek heroes of this century.

Re:Amazing Coincidence (2)

znark (77857) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460906)

it was ironic that it was a car crash. Didn't he have some sort of air bag, or other nifty gadget? :)

According to what he repeated many times in several interviews, he didn't really like any technical gadgets at all in the real life (tm). In his experience [gamespot.co.uk] , all gadgets almost magically ceased to work at his presence.

So if we suppose that the airbag in his car didn't function correctly, this malfunction hardly came as a surprise to him! :-I

Re:Yes, offtopic but please read on (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460907)

I just reloaded, and it appears to me that the troll trash is gone.

I disagree that ACs shouldn't be available. I haven't registered as a member yet. But when I saw something that I immediately recognized as being from an automatic complaint generator [uiuc.edu] , I was able to let people know the source.

Look at the result now, it appears to me that the troll trash has been removed and the troll has gone back under the bridge. Abandoning ACs is not the answer, unless of course you think that my posts are crap too.

Re:Really sad.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460908)

Ouch... Almost true too...

not flamebait (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460909)

I think that was a funny comment :)

Jokes even about a person's death are fine as long as they're not disrespectful. No reason to be all morbid on the subject.

Tim

Re:Amazing Coincidence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460910)

Yeah, and the next James Bond will be Andy Kaufman. He will be missed, and I don't think they can replace him, as much as I like John Cleese, he just doesn't have the same sincere quality that Q had. Q added a certain grandfatherly quality to the Bond films.

Re:With regard to Q... - please remove (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460911)

A computer didn't post the message...

Favorite Gadget? (1)

RavinDave (58826) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460912)

Showing my age just a bit, I remember seeing a "Roger Moore" Bond movie at the theater and hearing the audience gasp with awestruck envy when he reached up with one hand --
to activate his DIGITAL WATCH (ooooh-ahhh!!!). Pretty funny now, of course. They were like over a thousand dollars when they first came out. Now you can probably get them in cereal boxes.

And what a job! (2)

Ravagin (100668) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460913)

Not only did Q have the ultimate job, but he was a constant. Be it Brosnan, Connery, or Moore (argh...Moonraker!...twitch...scream...) playing Bond, there was always Q. Good old Q. Good old "You must be kidding about the third nipple, Bond" Q.
If you can't be a 00agent, Q is the next best job. Fake fingerprints, exploding pens, third nipples, grappling hook watches, laser rifles, explosive bolas....that's the life.
Well, Q, you've given us words to live by.
"Don't let them see you bleed.
Always have an escape route."
You won't be forgotten. As long as ballpoint pens sprout needles, speedboats navigate the streets of London, and wrist dart launchers blow out centrafuges, we'll remember you.
===
-Ravagin

Re:Death icon. DEATH ICON!!!!! (3)

uh (127786) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460914)

Although I'm indifferent, I do think there is some validity in the original posters argument. If 70 friends of mine and I get together and submit stories about who won the Superbowl, it doesn't mean /. should post it as news. I mean look at the physics involved in football, projectile motion, action/reaction forces, etc., etc. etc. The point the original commentor was making was the fact that as /.'s audience grows, its loosening its standards -- its integrity -- and coming up with extremely weak justifications (the mere fact that he attempted to justify is proof in itself of the merit of the story) for posting stories which really don't belong. Why you say is this happening? Why everything happens in our society? Money. Of course you can only prostitute yourself for so long. Prostitutes do loose their looks after a while, and no one wants to be with an ugly and old prostitute. As /. heads more towards the mainstream, its original audience -- the people who told their friends and reload 100 times a day -- are going to leave. Once there exodus is complete don't be surprised when slashdot looks more like zdnet.com than a geek/nerd/unix oriented site.. Of course at this point, they will just be another whore on the street, and eventually will be lost in the crowd... Going with the general ideas in my post and the fact that people don't like the truth, I expect this comment to be moderated into oblivion quite quickly. Moderators, don't let me down!

Condolences to Desmond's family (2)

B.D.Mills (18626) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460915)

As a member of the Slashdot community, I would like to take the time to offer my condolences to Desmond Llewelyn's family. I and many others in the Slashdot community are fans of his work, and he has also earned our respect for his longevity in Bond movies. Actors for the role of James Bond come and go, but Desmond as 'Q' has been with us almost forever. It is tragic that he has been taken from us in the prime of his life (he would have insisted on that, I'm sure). He will be sadly missed by all who have grown to love his role as 'Q' in James Bond movies, as well as his other acting roles.

Re:not flamebait (1)

chiz (28423) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460916)

Well, I don't know about anyone else here, but the way I see it is that any joke about a person's death is disrespectful.

Re:Really sad.. (1)

whoop (194) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460917)

Yes, and the next time he's out driving, he'll think of this very moment, a tear will form in his eye, while wiping it, he'll drift into the oncoming lane and well, you get the picture...

And then the headlines start, "Slashdot kills man," "Q murderer succombs to the Slashdot effect."

Actually, your post reminds me how damned crazy/politically correct people are today. Every little thing will utterly ruin one's psyche forever and ever. The same nonsense of doing away with validictorians or any awards for fear everyone else will be depressed and commit suicide. How have humans survived for millions of years if we are SO fragile like this?

Re:Amazing Coincidence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460918)

I agree. When I read this on the main page, something clicked. It almost felt like a Bond movie. Anyone else get the feeling that when Q exited during Bond's gadget-outfitting, it was his last appearance? And to end up in a car crash too! I wonder what his last thoughts were...

-Elendale (Q will be missed by all)

Re:Did anyone think..... (1)

Martin Goodson (106490) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460919)

His role was Q, not James Bond. Did you mean to say in, instead of as?

Since other people were injured in the crash, I doubt it was anything deliberately planned. Why would Desmond want to hurt perfect strangers?

Re:With regard to Q... - please remove (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460920)

How can you say for sure whether or not the article reflected the poster's opinion? You don't even know what his intentions were in posting the letter, nor do the /. admins. That is why by deleting the message it is infringing on his freedom of speech.

Re:With regard to Q... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460921)

ooohhh.... i'm an idiot!

you see, he's a moron because he thought it was a real complaint, and he asked me to "support my claims." i don't think he even read it.

I loved Q (1)

MattMann (102516) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460922)

I thought he was a great character, a geek alter ego.

Truth be told, it doesn't seem like it was that challenging a role and dozens of actors could have played it, no doubt, but Llewelyn would be among the top of them. I liked the way he played it, straight, rather than the typical wild-eyed or absent-minded professor like whoosie from Back to the Future. It was also nice to see technology presented as "it works and it's cool", unlike the numerous reminds-me-of-Jon-Katz portrayals of advanced technology where mankind always has to pay a price for hubris... though, the robot shooting demonstration gone awry in Robocop was pretty funny.

My favorite Q technologies were always the cars, rather than the pen-is-weapon sort of things. Oh, to have cars like those for my morning commute...

Re:Q was going to stay (3)

znark (77857) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460923)

he already announced his retirment, hence the introduction.

This is not true. See this article [ianfleming.org] for further information.

Re:With regard to Q... - please remove (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460924)

Correct. However, how can someone claim, 'It free speech!' if it was generated by a computer program? Free speech is about the abiltity to express your opinion. There was no opinion being expressed. As far as I know, computers programs don't have opinions. Therefore there isn't an infringement on free speech if the message is deleted, which it was. Thanks to whoever did so.

The Original Hacker (2)

trexl (16434) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460926)

He built all of the cool stuff that the hero couldn't live without. Underappreciated, but never expendable.
85 in a head on car crash. Looks like he didn't stop living 'til his heart stopped.

Keep an eye out for "Escape 2000" (1)

Black Art (3335) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460927)

Evidently Desmond Llywellen finished the movie "Escape 2000" shortly before his death. Evidently _HE_ gets to save the world in this one!

Hopefully it will make it to this part of the world.

Also mentioned in "Spy who loved me" (2)

YuppieScum (1096) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460928)

Barbra Bach's character calls Q Major Boothroyd in "The Spy Who Loved Me".

Re:Amazing Coincidence (1)

Menthos (25332) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460929)

Well no airbag in the world will save you from a head-on car crash in speeds above 50 km/h or so, because there won't be much left of your car. If the other car has the same speed as yours, the impact will be tremendous, and no car, however secure it is built, is built for that.
Hence, head-on car crashes are also the most fatal car crashes. Sadly.

Re:Death icon. DEATH ICON!!!!! (2)

vectro (54263) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460930)

If you have 70 friends, then what are you doing on Slashdot?

Maybe we should have a requirement that people get a certain score on the nerd test in order to post. :b

Re:With regard to Q... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460933)

HAHAHAHA! You stupid fucker! I generated this with a computer. HAHAHA! YOU moron, you thought it was real!

Re:Really sad.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460934)

yeah, that's funny, but it's just rude and inconsiderate to say that to someone. now he'll start thinking about that and get all depressed or something for no reason except your bad taste in humor.

(AC in expectation of the obvious flamebait moderarion)

Re:Really sad.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460941)

You killed Q. May the good Lord have mercy upon you.

Re:Strangely prophetic... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460942)

Sure, it'll push up the ratings. The movie studio probably killed him...

Re:Death icon. DEATH ICON!!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460943)

With the amount of boxes I administer, and the number of c-blocks under my control, I could easily fake a 70-user surge in request if not 1000-user to get that superbowl story posted. The point is, slashdot posts where the $ is at.

Q was truely a geek's geek... (2)

Rombuu (22914) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460944)

I can remember seeing my first Bond flick in a theatre (Octopussy I belive, so this will date me pretty well.) I remember what an impression Q made on me during that film. I mean Bond can go out and risk his life and all that, but Q had the best job. Make cool gadgets, and being during the cold war, you can be sure he didn't have to worry about budgetary constraints. Add to this his disdain for Bond who invariably loses or breaks his cool gadgets and you can see the parallels with the hard working coders who must eventually release their much slaved over code and give it to ungrateful users who will then break it....

Hell, he even helps have the day in that movie and is swarmed over by a bunch of numble young circus performers....

Re:A little known fact - Q's real name (1)

znark (77857) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460945)

in one of his movies (From Russia with Love i think), he is listed as Q (Major Boothroyd). I've never heard this name - maybe it was mentioned once then dropped. Anyway, a little trivia for you...

Maybe my memory doesn't serve me right, but wasn't Q a female character in the original Ian Fleming books? (Or was it only after some other author - John Gardner or what was his name - took over writing the Bond book series?)

Re:A little known fact - Q's real name (1)

Katep (120458) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460946)

I don't think that it's very likely that they'll try to find another Q. They've already retired him, there's really no point in finding another one just so that they can kill him out of the series. Besides, I don't think that the public would take a new Q too well.

Re:With regard to Q... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1460949)

I seem to misunderstand the basis of your argument. As I see it, you are saying, 'You are a moron because I can use a computer.' I'm curious exactly how much brain power you think it requires to enter someone's name, click a button, and copy that information to a text box. I personally think it takes more neural capacity to analyze what people are saying and form opinions. It appears my esteemed collegue has done exactly that. It seems to me that you are the, 'stupid fucker' and 'moron.'

Now prove to me how smart you are by making an 'Anonymous Coward' complaint letter, and responding to this post. I dare you, idiot.

The world is not enough (1)

huma (8269) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460950)

He left behind a really good character which will stands forever in geek's minds.

NOOOOO!! (1)

jdonofrio99 (85809) | more than 14 years ago | (#1460953)

wow, i cant belive he's dead. he's been with the James Bond Movies since the start. He will be missed. So is John Cleese gonna take his place from now on?
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