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James Bond’s first meeting with the new Quartermaster is another opportunity for a clunky reference to 007’s age and dwindling usefulness.
A scruffy, lank haired, bespectacled youthful looking person, sits next to Bond at the National Gallery to share a first exchange in front of JMW Turner’s 1838 painting of The Fighting Tremaire, tugged to her last berth to be broken up.
Q: “It always makes me feel a little melancholy. The grand old warship being ignominiously hauled away for scrap. The inevitability of time, don’t you think? What do you see?”
007: “A bloody big ship. ‘Scuse me.”
Before he could make his leave, Q introduces himself: “007 – I’m your new Quartermaster.”
007: “You must be joking.”
If you could excuse a quick pause. In Dr No, Goya’s painting of the Duke of Wellington appeared in the baddie’s lair – in real life it had recently been stolen from the National Gallery. And 007’s “You must be joking” line was popped straight in; a repeat line from Goldfinger.
As this was the 50th anniversary film of Ian Fleming’s super spy’s first big screen incarnation, there are a huuuge amount of homage references for fans to spot throughout the film; including more stolen paintings, including one just in time for the film's next gadget.
007: “And this?”
Q: “A standard issue radio transmitter. Activate it and it broadcasts your location... Distress signal. And that’s it.”
007: “A gun and a radio. Not exactly Christmas, is it?”
Q: “Were you expecting an exploding pen? We don’t really go in for that anymore.”
Ooh, One All.
Except, in all fairness an exploding pen could always come in handy.