Desmond Llewelyn

Desmond Llewelyn

Highest Rated: 87% Thunderball (1965)

Lowest Rated: 38% A View to a Kill (1985)

Birthday: Sep 12, 1914

Birthplace: Newport, South Wales, UK

He professed to have no mechanical ability in real life and hated the involved scientific dialogue he was required to deliver, but beloved Welsh character actor Desmond Llewelyn was recognized worldwide as the prime gadget master of spy cinema. He was a face in the crowd before being cast in the second James Bond thriller, "From Russia with Love" (1963) as the MI6 quartermaster later known as "Q." Proud of his ingenious and deadly creations and appalled by Bond's frequent destruction of Crown property, Q quickly became a favorite of fans who looked forward to his inevitable appearance in each installment. The character's importance to the 007 formula became apparent early on to series' producer Albert R. Broccoli, resulting in Llewelyn appearing in 18 of the 19 subsequent Bond outings. Although he rarely set foot outside the lab, Q invariably played a key role in the success of 007's missions and Llewelyn's unforced likeability more than compensated for the fact that he spent his time inventing ways to kill people. "The World is Not Enough" (1999) established that the character would soon be leaving the series, something that sadly happened for certain when Llewelyn was killed in a car accident shortly after that entry's release. Although other actors took over Q's duties, none matched the degree of personality and charm that Llewelyn brought to a part he truly made his own.

Highest rated movies

On Her Majesty's Secret Service
The Spy Who Loved Me
Licence to Kill
The Living Daylights
For Your Eyes Only
You Only Live Twice




52% 49% The World Is Not Enough Q (Character) $126.9M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Error 2000 Peregrin Morley (Character) - 1999
56% 53% Tomorrow Never Dies Q (Character) $145.0M 1997
79% 83% GoldenEye Q (Character) $106.0M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Merlin Dr. Mycroft (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet October 32nd Dr. Mycroft (Character) - 1992
78% 61% Licence to Kill Q (Character) $34.7M 1989
74% 66% The Living Daylights Q (Character) $51.2M 1987
38% 40% A View to a Kill Q (Character) - 1985
43% 47% Octopussy Q (Character) - 1983
73% 64% For Your Eyes Only Q (Character) - 1981
60% 43% Moonraker Q (Character) - 1979
80% 76% The Spy Who Loved Me Q (Character) - 1977
39% 55% The Man With the Golden Gun Q (Character) - 1974
64% 58% Diamonds Are Forever Q (Character) - 1971
81% 64% On Her Majesty's Secret Service Q (Character) - 1969
73% 68% You Only Live Twice Q (Character) - 1967
87% 73% Thunderball Q (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 89% Ask a Policeman Headless Coachman (Character) - 1939


No Score Yet No Score Yet The Adventures of Robin Hood Unknown (Guest Star) 1958