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EON productions said Thursday that British actor Ben Whishaw will play the role made famous by the late Desmond Llewelyn, who played Q in 17 Bond films between 1963 and 1999.

Comedian John Cleese later played the character in two films during Pierce Brosnan’s stint as 007, but Q was absent from Daniel Craig’s first two Bond adventures, “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace.”

Directed by Sam Mendes, “Skyfall” is due for release around the world in the fall.

Mr. Craig will be joined by a cast that includes Javier Bardem, Albert Finney, Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris.

Singer Helen Reddy comes out of retirement

Helen Reddy failed to take her own advice for the past few years — she did not “Keep on Singing,” to quote the title of her 1974 hit.

Ten years ago, the “I Am Woman” singer-songwriter gave up on show business and started a whole new life in her homeland of Australia. She got a degree in clinical hypnotherapy, and for the past decade has lived modestly in Sydney.

“I have very wide-ranging interests,” she said in a recent Associated Press interview. “So, singing ‘Leave Me Alone’ 43 times per song lost its charm a long time ago.”

But she couldn’t stay silent forever. Miss Reddy made her return to the musical stage last week, at a club in San Diego and for a high school benefit in the Panorama City section of Los Angeles. She decided to return to performing after being buoyed by the warm reception she got recently when she sang at her sister’s birthday party.

But don’t expect to hear all of the old chart makers during her performances.

“One of the reasons that I’m coming back to singing is because I’m not doing the greatest hits,” Miss Reddy explained. “I’m doing the songs that I always loved. So many are album cuts that never got any airplay, and they’re gorgeous songs.”

Miss Reddy, 70, has been singing since she was a young girl, as part of a well-known show-business family in Melbourne. She didn’t score hugely until her 1971 hit cover of “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” the big ballad from the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Over the next decade, she produced 15 top 40 hits, with three reaching No. 1.

Her biggest song was the feminist anthem “I Am Woman” — which ultimately inspired her to retire.

“That was one of the reasons that I stopped singing, was when I was shown a modern American history high school textbook, and a whole chapter on feminism — and my name and my lyrics [were] in the book,” she recalled. “And I thought, ‘Well, I’m part of history now. And how do I top that? I can’t top that.’ So, it was an easy withdrawal.”

Still, that is one of the classics from her catalog that she will sing onstage — or, to be more accurate, recite.

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