In a hat tip to Marc Andreessen’s POV that “software is eating the world”, the new Q in the latest Bond movie Skyfall is not as much into exploding pens and invisible cars. He is a young hacker geek.
Ben Whishaw, who plays the quartermaster tells Wired UK "What inspired Sam [Mendes] and the writers were people like Mark Zuckerberg and Julian Assange -- the power of these people and the damage they could do…The enemy is now being fought in a totally different way -- we've moved from hardware to software.”
There are plenty of hacking sequences in the movie - if you want a spoiler on how plausible they are, check this out
Q does have one of the most memorable quips in the movie when he tells off Bond:
“Well, I'll hazard I can do more damage on my laptop sitting in my pajamas before my first cup of Earl Grey than you can do in a year in the field.’
And hardware has not exactly disappeared. He gives Bond a Walther PPK/S nine-millimeter short coded to Bond’s palmprint so only he can fire it. And in another scene Bond sarcastically holds up a device: “The latest thing from Q branch; called a radio”