The one thing I really enjoyed about the close of Pierce Brosnan’s era of playing James Bond was the addition of John Cleese as Q.
We got an introduction to him in ‘The World Is Not Enough’ when Desmond Llewelyn’s Q was grooming him to succeed him and we saw him in full Q mode in ‘Die Another Day.’
I like many people was sadly disappointment when Cleese didn’t get given opportunity to reprise the role for ‘Casino Royale.’
In a series of recent interviews about his career in film and television John Cleese fondly talked about his involvement with the James Bond movies, but was highly critical of the modern era of Bond saying that they lacked humour.
“I didn’t see [Skyfall], because I have criticisms of the new Bond movies,” the Monty Python legend told Shortlist.
“Two things went wrong – the plots became so impossibly obscure that even professional writers couldn’t figure out what they were about, and the action scenes, which are supposed to make the adrenaline run, go on far too long.
“They discovered these movies were popular in places such as the Philippines and South Korea, and so they dropped the humour because no one there is going to understand jokes about the English class system. They’re financially incredibly clever, as the take goes up by $100m every movie, but one of the great things I’ve learnt in the last few years is just how much money spoils everything.”
Cleese praised his experience as part of the James Bond franchise.
“I loved Bond, because that was a very well-run organisation, and they let me contribute to the script,” he said.
Cleese recently released his autobiography, ‘So, Anyway.’