It's been over a year since Ben Whishaw filmed his debut as Q in Bond movie Skyfall. And
just a few months after the film's actual release, The Hour star admits
he's still getting used to being a part of such a big franchise. As
he models for the new issue of Mr Porter, the 32-year-old admits he
didn't get the chance to meet Dame Judi Dench, aka M, until the film's
world premiere in London last October.
He said: 'We actually never met on set for Bond,
Judi and I. I think it was at the premiere that we
first managed to say hello to one another properly. 'That whole Bond
experience pretty much blew my mind - if only for my realisation of the
insatiable global appetite for James Bond. His legacy will go on far
longer than any of ours.' Although
Ben's star has been steadily rising with acclaimed performances in
Bright Star, Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer and Brideshead Revisited,
he admits he attempts to live a normal life.
He explained: 'I just keep myself to myself, mostly. Perhaps that's why people don't see me as this
larger-than-life... celebrity.' Although
he does get recognised in the street sometimes - he admits he doesn't
have many over-zealous fans like some of his higher-profile
contemporaries. He said: 'I do get stopped on the street, and they
always have something lovely to say. Someone was talking to me about
that poor girl in the Twilight films - Kirsten, is it?