Desmond Llewelyn knew how to make an entrance. In his 1964 debut as Q, a role he would play for 36 years, he armed 007 with an attaché case that concealed a throwing knife, gold sovereigns, a nifty tear-gas booby trap connected to the lock mechanism and ammunition for an Armalite AR-7 folding sniper rifle with an infrared night scope. Whether any of these cool spy toys were as menacing as the poison-tipped shoes donned by the ex-KGB agent in pursuit of James Bond in From Russia with Love is debatable. But what difference does that make? In the end, Bond outwits the bad guys on behalf of Her Majesty’s Secret Service and of course, gets his Bond Girl.
Danielle DiMartino Booth is CEO and Director of Intelligence at Quill Intelligence
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