Earlier this month, production began on the 23rd James Bond movie Skyfall, which is working towards a November 9, 2012 release. Today we have news that British actor Ben Whishaw has joined the cast of Skyfall as the gadget expert Q.

Desmond Llewelyn and John Cleese have previously played Q, who heads up the armory division of MI6 dubbed Branch Q. The 31-year-old Ben Whishaw will be the first Q to be younger than James Bond himself, with Daniel Craig 12 years his senior.

Sam Mendes is directing Skyfall from a screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and Peter Morgan.