It seems the ‘Q’ in LGBTQ+ now stands for Quartermaster.
According to Yahoo News, in one scene, Bond and Moneypenny show up at Q’s house where it seems he’s getting ready for a date. Q, played by Ben Whishaw, is cooking a meal for two and seems especially flustered when he’s interrupted by coworkers.
Q reveals that he’s about to meet someone for the “first time,” and says the two spies need to leave because “he’s coming in 20 minutes.”
Cooking a fancy dinner for two, waiting for a mysterious man to show up, it all seems like Q was about to have his first date with a new man that night. He even asks Bond “can’t a guy have a nice night to himself for once?”
While it’s not an undeniably queer moment, like, say, showing Q on an actual date with a man, this is progress for the series, which previously has used queer identities mostly to show just how villainous Bond’s enemies are.
One recent example is in the 2012 film Skyfall, where Javier Bardem’s character, Raoul Silva, has Bond tied to a chair and starts to stroke his chest and thighs while threatening him. “You’re trying to remember your training now. What's the regulation to cover this?” Silva teases Bond. “Well there’s a first time for everything.”
Whishaw, who is gay in real life, recently told Attitude that he’d love to see a gay James Bond. “God, can you imagine? I mean, it would be quite an extraordinary thing. Of course I would like to see that,” he said. “I really believe that we should be working towards a world where anyone can play anything and it would be really thrilling if it didn’t matter about someone’s sexuality to take on a role like this. I think that would be real progress.”
No Time to Die hits theaters on October 8!