If you’re still taking requests: a la Mr and Mrs Smith, Bond and Q are both agents working for different secret government agencies and end up getting each other as a target. – anon
I took liberties, this is not a direct transposition of the film, but hopefully fun! Jen.
The Hemsworth brothers, Tom Hanks, and Meryl Streep star in a 1:00 “Charlie Bit My Finger” spoof
is thiS FOR REAL DID THEY ACTUALY TAKE THE TIME TO DO THIS I CAN NOT HANDLE
I just love how calm Q is here. Whatever he’s feeling inside, he’s absolutely in control of himself, ready to do whatever’s necessary.
I think also, this is where Q proves his loyalty. He and Bond are set up as opposites all the way through, the young, slender, slightly naive quartermaster (an office-based role) versus the ageing, stocky, world-weary field agent. They respect each other pretty early on, but this is both of them choosing loyalty to their principles over loyalty to their country. Of course, Bond was always going to make that choice. But for Q, this is an actual decision that he’s just made. And I think his calmness comes from that. He’s made his choice now, everything from here on out is logistics and trust.
Can we talk about how Bond trusted him to make this decision? I mean, I know you have to be a pretty good judge of character as the world’s best known spy, but still. “Wanna commit treason together?” ranks pretty high on my list of expressions of trust by Bond.
Yes, I find their relationship fascinating actually. I know people like to mock the whole ‘they only get five minutes of screen time’ thing, but look at what we get in those five minutes:
- The Warship discussion. Q tries so damn hard to impress Bond. He wants Bond to trust him so badly and he ends up letting Bond rile him up because of it. But then he hands over the gun and the radio and Bond goes ‘actually, this dude knows what he’s on about’ because you don’t want complex gadgets when you’re doing field-work, you want things that are solid and dependable. The DNA locking is a clever touch, but Q’s resisted making it gimmicky. For all his lack of experience, Q knows what he’s doing, and Bond respects that and even appreciates it.
- Letting Silva into the network. Q’s still an eager little puppy and that’s what catches him out (sandbox discussions aside) - he’s trying to prove himself, to show off, and Silva exploits that. Oops.
- But then we get Q as Bond’s guide in the Underground. He’s not very good at it, but he’s sharp enough to give Bond what he needs (and even a little bit of snark to keep Bond amused there). Information wins over delivery style every time in my book, and I’d imagine Bond feels about the same.
- So when Bond needs help luring Silva out to Skyfall, he straight up asks Q for it. Because Q is smart and competent, but most of all, Q is loyal to Bond already. He’s not the desk jockey Bond thought he was in the National Gallery, and while plugging the laptop into his own network was a daft mistake, it showed that Q’s more interested in solving problems than following rules. Bond need’s Q’s skillset here, but he needs that from Q specifically because Q is good at cutting through the bullshit and working out what Bond actually needs. And in return, Bond gives him a straight answer: ‘I am asking you to put your whole career on the line for me and trust me that I can fix this’. Because, with Bond, everything boils down to trust.
So here we have Bond taking a gamble based on having already counted the cards. And we have Q consciously acknowledging the decision that he unconsciously made back in the National Gallery.
And actually, I think M deserves a mention here. For as much frustration as he causes her, she trusts Bond absolutely. I think that comes across in her staffing choices. Moneypenny, Tanner, and now Q. They all share that trust in the end. So M gave Q Q-branch because she believed that if the time came, he’d make the right decision, not the best one. And he did.
Seriously, I love your brain.
Please continue Bond’s home for magical children prompt! Thank you so much, i love it :) —anon
I hope you’re planning on continuing the ‘magical children’ story. I hate to be forced to do something drastic if you don’t. ;) —randomlittleimp
[nervous chuckle] I guess it was evil to leave you with that cliffhanger, huh?
Part 1- James runs a home for magical children and keeps them safe from those who would harm them. Q is one of James’s problem children
Part 2- Witch hunters come and James finds he must entertain them while the children are out of the house. Things only get complicated when Q comes home in the middle of the meeting.
Part 3- James and Q manage to make their way through dinner, only for there to be more danger for dessert.
James could hear his heart pounding in his ears as he faced the hunter, trying to get to his feet quickly. Despite the fact that James was unarmed and facing a hunter intent on killing him, he was glad that the hunter’s attention was not turned toward Q.
Though the fact remained that he was an unarmed witch facing a sword wielding hunter.
There was nothing for it then. As the hunter swung his sword down at James, the witch muttered the first spell to come to mind. The sword in the hunter’s hand uselessly hit the side of James’s face, no longer hard steels but a harmless flower.
“Damn you, witch…” The hunter snarled, tossing the flower aside and attacking James with his bare hands.
Now James was stranger to fighting. In his younger years, he had fought off (and perhaps killed) numerous hunters. But this hunter was younger and stronger, and James could feel him gaining the upper hand slowly but surely. It was only when James was on the floor and the hunter had his hands around his throat that he began to worry about the fate of the children should something happen to him. He only prayed that the hunter would not find them…
A sharp clang rang out in the kitchen, and James could feel the weight of the hunter fall on him as the pressure on his throat eased. Gasping, James looked up to see Q standing over them, gripping a frying pan tightly.
"Are you insane?"- s1e4
I miss Freddie so fucking much.