The news report:
John Cleese takes over the role of James Bond's gadget-dispensing Q in "Die Another Day." And, yesterday, the Monty Python veteran got into character for the launch of Revlon's 007 Color Collection, a makeup line inspired by new Bond girls Halle Berry and Rosamund Pike.
Donning a lab coat at Django restaurant, spymaster Cleese fiddled with some vials that British Intelligence supposedly used to distill the top-secret lipstick shades. In reality, he confessed, "I'm so hopeless with anything technical that you wouldn't believe it. It's funny, because [current Bond] Pierce Brosnan is hopeless with gadgets."
Cleese replaces the original Q, Desmond Llewelyn, who died in 1999 in a car accident. He was 80. Llewelyn and Cleese "had a plan," the 62-year-old comedian told Daily News fashion editor Alev Aktar. "He was going to go on until he was 100, and at that point I was going to be 80 and would have learned enough to take the role over properly."
We'll see how he fares on Nov. 22, when the movie opens.
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