Title: Unconventional Negotiation Tactics
Fandom: James Bond
Pairing: James Bond/Q
Categories/Genres: Alternate Universe, Humor, Domestic, Romance, Action/Adventure
Length: Medium (10565 words)
Warnings: Very brief description of minor original character death

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: pikachumaniac

Summary:

His mission was supposed to be simple. Find Geoffrey Boothroyd’s son, who had developed a reputation for being quite the fearsome inventor, and convince him to come to MI6 to serve as quartermaster. He was given an address, a description, and a starting salary figure so high that he seriously questioned all his past career decisions. He was assured that Frederick Boothroyd was intelligent, practical, and yes, maybe a little prone to shooting people, but only if they insisted on disturbing his work. Altogether, simple.

James Bond knew better though. They didn’t send him on simple missions.

In which James Bond takes an unusual approach to his latest mission, much to the chagrin of his would-be quartermaster.

Review:

The premise of this fic is an alternate universe where, not only was Q the former Q's son, but he is also quite determined to never work for MI6. M, for whatever reason, sends Bond to convince him otherwise. According to whatever passes for logic in James Bond's mind, this requires moving in with the Boothroyd scion.

And then they proceed to flail haphazardly at each other until they simultaneously tumble down the slippery slope most people have taken to calling 'love'. Never let it be said that I'm not a sucker for James Bond and Q flailing until they're neck-deep in a quagmire of feelings, but imagining Q as Boothroyd's son, vaguely attached but distinctly tangential to MI6, adds a particular depth to Q's character. Rather than the canonical Whishaw!Q who springs forth from mysterious origins, or the fanonical backgrounds built up around him, the connection to Boothroyd adds depth to both this new would-be Q and his predecessor anchored simultaneously in canon and fanon both.

Unconventional Negotiation Tactics

Curtains by Anonymous (PG-15)

  • May. 24th, 2015 at 3:06 AM
Title: Curtains
Fandom: James Bond
Pairing: James Bond/Q
Categories/Genres: Domestic, Slow Burn, Romance, Action/Adventure, Fluff, Humor
Length: Long (20352 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: N/A

Summary:

Indulgent domesticity. No real plot to speak of, just Bond and Q moving in together as friends after Q is targeted and his place burnt down, and slowly progressing to being a couple.

Review:

Curtains is an easy read, which is a more complex proposition than one might think, when you consider the two characters it's written about. Perhaps it's more accurate to say that it's a gentle read, as opposed to easy, swaddling the reader in layers of cozy domesticity and slowly warming romance without glossing over the violence and danger inherent in these two men's lives. There's no conflict in this fic beyond what the world throws at Bond and Q, no arduous strife nor struggle. Just gentle, easy domesticity and two men slowly deepening their relationship from co-workers to friends to lovers.

Curtains
Title: The Inevitability of Time
Fandom: James Bond
Pairing: James Bond/Q
Categories/Genres: Soulmates, AU, Angst, Romance, Drama, Hurt/Comfort, First Time
Length: Long (27055 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] dhampir_72
Author Website: dhampir72

Summary:

When they meet for the first time at the National Gallery, Bond has a strange sense of deja vu.

Review:

I've been holding out on reccing this fic, since it falls just shy of my usual standards for recs, but upon reading it again, I've decided to go ahead and rec it because it's still an excellent fic, my pickiness notwithstanding.

It's a slightly different take on soulmates than most readers of fanfiction might be used to, based on Plato's The Symposium, which describes soulmates as originally being one body before Zeus split them in two out of fear of their strength. Q and Bond are a pair of such soulmates, wandering alone until such time as they come together, guided by fate. However, things aren't quite as simple as that.

Personally, I find dhampir72's Bond to be a little to soft for my image of Daniel Craig's Bond, and more romantic than the norm for James Bond 00Q fanfiction. What finally swayed me to rec in spite of this is the atmosphere that the author's writing creates. There's a sense of gentle happiness but also of melancholy; the whole fic feels like being comfortably tucked up indoors on a dim, rainy day. The pacing is excellent, the premise a creative take on a familiar trope, and the epilogue like wrapping your hands around a mug of your favorite hot drink. Definitely worth a read.

The Inevitability of Time

Synchronicity by stereobone (NC-17)

  • Jul. 5th, 2014 at 10:09 PM
Title: Synchronicity
Fandom: James Bond
Pairing: James Bond/Q
Categories/Genres: Domestic, Fluff, Romance
Length: Medium (7600 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: stereobone

Summary:

It goes on like that for months, and then Q realizes that James Bond is "hanging out" at his flat.

Review:

When I was young, before my mother gave up on trying to correct my bad habits, she used to always tell me, “If you don't have time to do something, then make time.” I, personally, never took those words to heart, but when you're one of MI6's 00s, constantly trotting all over the globe in service of Her Majesty without hardly a moment to rest, you probably don't have much of a choice.

Q's flat is where Bond conveniently decides to make downtime between missions, befriending Q's cat and sleeping on the couch when he isn't doing crunches on the kitchen table or watching Q work. And slowly, over the course of months and missions, their relationship evolves from one coworker offering his couch to another into a man returning to the home he has missed while away.

Synchronicity
Title: Love and Other Hazardous Materials
Fandom: James Bond
Pairing: James Bond/Q
Categories/Genres: Humor, Romance
Length: Medium (3590 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: luchia

Summary:

"This is just getting ridiculous," M says when he finds Q trying to put motorized circular saw blades into a briefcase.

(Or, Q and James Bond love their jobs so very, very much.)

Review:

First of all, I have to admit a bias toward this fic, since it hinges on a Metal Gear Solid reference, and I have been an MGS fan for a very, very long time. Second, I find myself helplessly jealous of these two boys and their absolute adoration for their jobs. And who wouldn't be jealous of those who find such enjoyment in their work that it barely qualifies for the word?

Q is absolutely charming in this fic, simultaneously in and out of his depth as MI6's new Q. Bond is as Bond as ever, panting over new toys and cars when he's not wedging his way under Q's skin like a particularly obstinate and unreasonably attractive tick. M is aggrieved, their work is excellent, and Q and Bond manage to forge their own kind of happily ever after.

(Also, definitely watch the Youtube video before reading.)

Love and Other Hazardous Materials
Title: he will make you rue the day
Fandom: James Bond
Pairing: James Bond/Q
Categories/Genres: Kidnapping, Hurt/Comfort, Drama, Romance
Length: Short (1804 words)
Warnings: References to offscreen torture

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: macabre

Summary:

Bond's clock runs out; fortunately, Q can orchestrate resurrection.

Review:

If there is any particular phrase in this story that embodies it('s admittedly brief self), it would most certainly be “push and pull”. But the emotions that flow back and forth between Bond and Q make “push and pull” seem like such an understatement. The back and forth between them seems deeper and grander, like the moon and the tides or the bitter war between sense and sentiment.

macabre's writing is unadorned, mostly dialogue but peppered with small actions that are rich with meaning and emotion: a step closer, the pressure of fingertips on a keyboard. It's raw and emotional and powerful for its brevity, and definitely an overlooked gem of the 00Q pairing.

he will make you rue the day
Title: Jagged Little Pill
Fandom: James Bond
Pairing: James Bond/Q
Categories/Genres: Humor, Action/Adventure, Alternating POV, Angst, Romance, Emotional Constipation
Length: Long (36353 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] beederiffic
Author Website: beederiffic

Summary:

Q's first impression of Bond isn't particularly favourable. It's bound to change.

Review:

When I was growing up, Pierce Brosnan was James Bond, much in the same way that Bill Clinton was the President of the U.S. and Andre Agassi was America's most recognized male tennis player. It was something I never questioned, never doubted. That's the way it was, and that's the way (I naively assumed) it always would be.

And then along came Daniel Craig and his ugly fucking face. To this day, I'm not ashamed to say that Skyfall was the first of his James Bond movies that I watched, and is the only one that I will voluntarily sit down and watch from opening to credits. Because honestly? I'm really in it for Ben Whishaw's delightful Q.

But I'm not made of stone, okay? Even though Craig has as face only a mother could love, once he gets going there's a kind of magnetic intensity about him, something raw and physical that draws the eye and keeps it. And in this, Jagged Little Pill's Q and I are of one mind.

Regarding James Bond, Q has this to say about the man: He hadn't been expecting this squat troll, face like a saggy old boot, stubbled and tired, broad as he is short and looking like he's been hit directly in the broken nose by the ugly stick one too many times.

And it only gets better from there. Q pulls no punches in describing Bond's appearance, nor in deriding the man's intelligence and age. But in that way of his, Bond manages to wiggle his way in through the cracks of Q's prickly facade and wedge himself firmly under Q's skin like an outsized tick. And he clings there, through better and worse, no matter the distance Q maintains between them, nor Bond's own attempt to extricate himself from Q upon realizing that he's let himself get too close. Because in the process of getting under Q's skin, Q has gone and returned the favor by digging his way into Bond's.

To be frank with you, I found myself enjoying Bond's POV rather more than Q's. He's blunt and delightfully wry, and beederiffic's writing captures him in a very physical way, anchoring his perspective in the sensations of his body far more than the thoughts in his mind. The aches of age and pains of a life lived hard and fast are compelling in their description. But every now and again there's a flash of fragility, of soul-deep weariness, that speaks even more eloquently of Bond's character and experiences.

Jagged Little Pill
Title: The Courtship of Mr. Bond
Fandom: James Bond
Pairing: James Bond/Q
Categories/Genres: Crossover, Romance, Pining, Oblivious, Drama
Length: Long (29669 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: marlowe_tops

Summary:

In which Bond is a retired naval commander with too much house, Q is a mechanical engineer with too many sisters, and they have lengthy conversations about decorum, bonnet-ribbons and philosophy in Regency England.

Review:

So, continuing in my theme of Bond pining after a terribly oblivious Q, I now give you a Pride and Prejudice-styled romance in which our henpecked protagonist Q consistently fails to catch a clue of any kind. In fact, Q is the most unreliable kind of unreliable narrator, seeing as he spends most of his time in his workshop tinkering instead of going out and doing things worth narrating. Therefore, a great deal of the story actually happens entirely outside of the reader's range of awareness, leaving us just as clueless and surprised as Q is when major plot events spring up.

But what I dearly love about this fic is the relationship Q has with his family. His sisters are wonderfully defined despite the author's rather minimalist efforts at fleshing them out, each with their own peculiar quirks and personalities and niches. Ironically, for all that Mrs. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice was fanatical about marrying off her daughters, it is this crossover's daughters who take the initiative in finding husbands. Q suffers and frets through their ambitions at becoming married women, but for all that he's resistant to change, he is still tentatively happy for them when they go.

Q's own love story is considerably more rocky than those of his sisters, in part because of Q's difficulty with anything involving social interaction, but also due in surprisingly large part to Regency Era beliefs about homosexuality, (though most of the characters who don't actively partake in it seem quite unoffended by it), and Q's complete lack of knowledge of anything pertaining to love and sex in general. In the end, with the 'help' of his sisters and Bond himself, Q is able to largely overcome his own ignorance and confusion and embark on his own happily ever after.

The Courtship of Mr. Bond
Title: By No Ordinary Means of Communication
Fandom: James Bond
Pairing: James Bond/Q
Categories/Genres: Epistolary, Humor, Miscommunication, Pining, Romance
Length: Medium (7902 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] laughtershock
Author Website: laughtershock

Summary:

Q can’t help but wonder how, exactly, his life has come to this.

(The one where Bond discovers post-it notes, Q discovers how not to talk about feelings, and together, they fight crime make things far more complicated than necessary.)

Review:

I have a deep-seated weakness for pining!Bond, but an admittedly stupid reluctance to read epistolary fic, which is why I'm very grateful for this month's themed rec. Without it, I would probably have never read this particular gem.

By No Ordinary Means of Communication circumvents the usual problem I have with epistolary fic, the focus on isolated messages as opposed to prose, by using one-sentence, or even one-word scraps that will fit on your average Post-it, or can be picked out in word magnets. Additionally, they're the focus of the story without being the main method of storytelling. They punctuate the narrative rather than embodying it, adding humor and flavor and quirky charm without obstructing the story's very natural flow.

laughtershock also uses the medium to demonstrate one of its very real flaws: that written communication is no true substitute for the expressiveness of verbal communication. It's something that we're all familiar with in this electronic age, where texts and tweets and have become a staple of communication. While it's easy to communicate information and meaning in 140 characters, or in the space on a Post-It, the intention behind those brief messages sometimes gets lost somewhere along the way. It's that very miscommunication of intention that fosters the additional complications Bond and Q's developing relationship in that same way it has left all of us staring down at our phones, wondering how the hell we're meant to respond to those uncharacteristic-seeming texts from the people we thought we knew well.

All in all, hats off to the mods for forcing me to stumble out of my comfort zone only to trip over this excellent fic. I'll definitely give the next epistolary fic I come across a second glance!

By No Ordinary Means of Communication
Title: the sheer lack of professionalism
Fandom: James Bond (Skyfall)
Pairing: Bond/Q
Categories: Humor, Crack
Length: Short (1,945)
Warnings: Kidnapping (humorous though)

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: AO3

Author's Summary:
Q rolled his eyes. “Oh, there are just bloody wheels within wheels to it, aren’t there, this kidnapping business? Really, you should give it up. You’re not cut out for it. Think about it, your first time out, and you pinch a national intelligence treasure and ask his MI6 boyfriend for ransom. It isn’t very promising, is it?”

Review:
Here! Have this perfect little gem of a fic that made me laugh and made warm feelings bubble up.

It's kind of exactly as how it's describe. Q gets kidnapped. Incompetently. Predictably it's hilarious. It's a short fic, but it's pretty much perfect throughout. You have Q who wavers between pity and something akin to fondness for his (really terrible) kidnappers. Said kidnappers are completely clueless and in over their heads even if they have no idea by how much.

I loved it. It's a lovely little bit that you wish was longer, but then realize it probably wouldn't be as good if it was. Just go read it already; it's a lot of fun.

the sheer lack of professionalism
Title: The Mating Dance of Wolf and Fox
Fandom: James Bond (Skyfall)
Pairing: Bond/Q
Categories: Humor, Crack, Romance
Length: Long (22,550)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: AO3
Artist Website: AO3

Author's Summary:
In which Moneypenny despairs of her boys, no one in MI6 is the least bit sane, Bond complains to HR about MI6's workplace policies, Q insists that he is not a fainting maiden, and he might have to sleep with 007.

Review:
This was glorious.

It's super funny and smartly paced and all the characters are wonderful in that slightly tongue-in-cheek sort of way. You have Q doing his job and monitoring his agents--and if his agents happen to be having sex at the time, well, it's part of the job--except that one day James catches him at it and reacts in a hilarious way. A way that involves HR and other agents, and Q is suddenly lamenting about nobody being rational.

I couldn't help but smile my way throughout the entire fic. It's a fic that's pure humor and various hijinks occur that have no bearing upon reality, but who cares because you're grinning like a loon. Also, I'm super fond of fics where various agents kind of dote on Q, even if it drives Q (maybe especially because it drives Q) up a wall, and you get bucketloads of that here.

The little images in the fic are awesome and fit the story well. The romance was cute and teeters towards serious for like a split second before being hilarious again. Actually, it never stopped being hilarious. Loved this fic and highly recommend it if you want a laugh.

The Mating Dance of Wolf and Fox
Title: Q-Branch Does Not Operate a Phone Sex Line
Fandom: James Bond (Skyfall)
Pairing: Bond/Q
Categories: Humor, mission, phone sex... or not
Length: Short (1,163 words)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] laughtershock
Author Website: favicon laughtershock

Author's Summary:
He's four days into a mission in Bangladesh and running from multiple armed men through the streets of Dhaka when Q asks, "What are you wearing?"

Review:
This is short and funny. laughtershock does a terrific job of using a few words to make you feel the danger Bond's in, while also having Bond duck around buildings long enough to think about Q and his colorful past at MI6. What dialog there is between shots and running is spot on, and I especially like that when Bond thinks "Q isn't as mild-mannered as he looks," he's not kidding... though Bond doesn't have much room to talk, given his own behavior.

I spent time recording this as a podfic, and that time spent is about as much of a rec as I can give; as soon as I read it, I didn't want to let it go. It's never dull when Bond is in the field with only Q in his ear.

Q-Branch Does Not Operate a Phone Sex Line

so you were never a saint. (PG-13)

  • Mar. 25th, 2013 at 8:26 AM
It's Gen/Canon Pairings theme week!

Title: so you were never a saint.
Fandom: James Bond (Skyfall)
Pairing: Gen (Q & Eve friendship, growing Q & Bond friendship)
Categories: Post canon, Q-centric, life at MI6
Length: Medium (12,319 words)
Warnings: Just spoilers for the film

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] paperclipbitch
Author Website: favicon paperclipbitch

Author's Summary:
“I think Bond’s trying to be your friend,” Eve tells him.
“…well,” Q says slowly, “this is a new and disturbing development.”

Review:
This is one of those stories where I see a line I love and plan to quote here, but only a paragraph later I have a new favorite line, and so on, until I just give up. I want to quote it all. It's one long, fabulous Ode to Q. Here, he has depth and no shortage of memorable moments. He's so good at what he does that he gets bored and hacks into places he shouldn't, but he can't drive, aim a gun, or move seamlessly through Tesco self-checkout. He's a panromantic asexual, or (to oversimplify) he "fancies everyone" but is "not really a big fan of shagging."

I especially loved the tone of this story, with the friendships, oddities and stress. Paperclipbitch shows the less polished side of the job, and makes MI6 a believable workplace rather than a stop off between missions. The dialogue is terrific. Q and Eve's friendship might be my favorite part, or maybe it's the way Bond gets brought into the fold little by little, while remaining his issue-laden and frequently closed off self. M and Tanner are great in secondary roles.

so you were never a saint. (AO3)
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That Untravelled World by lonelywalker (PG)

  • Feb. 25th, 2013 at 9:22 AM
Title: That Untravelled World
Fandom: James Bond (Skyfall)
Pairing: Gen
Categories: Post-canon, Yuletide
Length: short (1,105 words)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] lonelywalker
Author Website: favicon lonelywalker

Summary: Every Christmas, they each have their own lies to tell.

Review:
Set at the holidays, but thoughtful rather than festive, That Untravelled World is post-Skyfall head canon for me now. It sets the right, almost melancholy tone; it's well written and suits the characters, and it manages to make a couple of things that didn't ring true in the film fall into place. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll continue under the spoiler cut, but if you enjoyed the film at all, this is a great, short continuation and a good read.


So the spoilers... It didn't make sense to me that Bond would take M to Skyfall with little idea of how he'd protect her there. He didn't know there would be weapons or that Kincade would be there to help. I especially didn't like the fact that M let Kincade keep that flashlight on, when it was an obvious signal of where they were. In light of the story, that scene becomes a setup to fake M's death, instead of uncharacteristic mistakes leading to her death. So, thank you, lonelywalker, for writing what was, for me, a more believable ending.


That Untravelled World

Title: Strontium Chloride Red and Other Colours
Fandom: Sherlock/Skyfall
Pairing: Q/007
Categories: Action/Adventure, AU, Crossover, Family, First Time,
Length:Medium (6,000)
Warnings: Spy-games, Kidnapping

Author on LJ:[livejournal.com profile] bootsnblossoms
Website BootsnBlossoms

Summary: Just what does one bring a double-oh for Christmas dinner at his flat, do you think? — GH

Something that explodes in his favorite colour. — MH

Lube, condoms, and scotch. Leave the handcuffs, he probably has his own. — SH

Review: This is a great family fic. Sherlock as Q's brother is a fairly common trope in the Skyfall fandom, but this is definitely one of my favorites.

All three of the Holmes brothers are very in character, without taking over the story. James Bond is bad-ass enough to be believable while still being vulnerable enough to let Q be bad-ass as well.

All together in makes for an amusing and heart-warming story.

Strontium Chloride Red and Other Colours
Title: Strontium Chloride Red and Other Colours
Fandom: Sherlock/Skyfall
Pairing: Q/007
Categories: Action/Adventure, AU, Crossover, Family, First Time,
Length:Medium (6,000)
Warnings: Spy-games, Kidnapping

Author on LJ:[livejournal.com profile] bootsnblossoms
Website BootsnBlossoms

Summary: Just what does one bring a double-oh for Christmas dinner at his flat, do you think? — GH

Something that explodes in his favorite colour. — MH

Lube, condoms, and scotch. Leave the handcuffs, he probably has his own. — SH

Review: This is a great family fic. Sherlock as Q's brother is a fairly common trope in the Skyfall fandom, but this is definitely one of my favorites.

All three of the Holmes brothers are very in character, without taking over the story. James Bond is bad-ass enough to be believable while still being vulnerable enough to let Q be bad-ass as well.

All together in makes for an amusing and heart-warming story.

Strontium Chloride Red and Other Colours

A is for Arrogance by winterhill (PG-13)

  • Jan. 14th, 2013 at 1:41 PM
Title: A is for Arrogance
Fandom: James Bond (Skyfall)
Pairing: Bond/Q
Categories: Post-canon, flirting, romance
Length: medium (4,420 words)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] misswinterhill
Author Website: favicon winterhill

Author's summary: Q is fucking marvellous on a good day, and Bond wants to learn how to use a computer. Or, Q is an arrogant little shit most of the time, but Bond’s noticed he’s not quite so confident after Silva. Spoilers for Skyfall.

Review:
Q's confidence is rattled by having the system hacked by Silva, but he hasn't lost his wit and drive. Bond is charming and unstoppable, with an interest in learning about computers.

This is light on its feet, and it reads quickly, but winterhill has a way of using well placed details to make everything feel more fleshed out than you'd expect in 4,000 words, creating a good sense of mood and setting without slowing things down. Q's concern for 008 helps give a wider sense of MI6 as well. The dialogue is fantastic: flirting that's dry and sharp, plus Bond's understated concern about Q.

Despite the lighter tone, the dangers and uncertainty of the job are still here in the wake of Silva, and they round this out and give it heart in addition to attitude.

Dialogue excerpt under the cut )

A is for Arrogance

A is for Arrogance by winterhill (PG-13)

  • Jan. 14th, 2013 at 1:41 PM
Title: A is for Arrogance
Fandom: James Bond (Skyfall)
Pairing: Bond/Q
Categories: Post-canon, flirting, romance
Length: medium (4,420 words)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] misswinterhill
Author Website: favicon winterhill

Author's summary: Q is fucking marvellous on a good day, and Bond wants to learn how to use a computer. Or, Q is an arrogant little shit most of the time, but Bond’s noticed he’s not quite so confident after Silva. Spoilers for Skyfall.

Review:
Q's confidence is rattled by having the system hacked by Silva, but he hasn't lost his wit and drive. Bond is charming and unstoppable, with an interest in learning about computers.

This is light on its feet, and it reads quickly, but winterhill has a way of using well placed details to make everything feel more fleshed out than you'd expect in 4,000 words, creating a good sense of mood and setting without slowing things down. Q's concern for 008 helps give a wider sense of MI6 as well. The dialogue is fantastic: flirting that's dry and sharp, plus Bond's understated concern about Q.

Despite the lighter tone, the dangers and uncertainty of the job are still here in the wake of Silva, and they round this out and give it heart in addition to attitude.

Dialogue excerpt under the cut )

A is for Arrogance

Title: it was dark when i found you
Fandom: James Bond (Skyfall)
Pairing: Bond/Q (with a side order of Q friendship with Moneypenny)
Categories: post-canon, action/adventure, romance,
Length: medium (7,327 words)
Warnings: none

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] whimsicalimages
Author Website: favicon whimsicalimages

Author's Summary: Bond stares at him. There are two men tied up against the wall and four more lying on the floor, bleeding and hogtied with duct tape.
“I ran out of rope after the first two,” Q admits.

Review:
Q is able to rescue himself after his kidnappers take one look and assume he's helpless. Later Bond breaks into Q's flat now that he can no longer go to M's, and, "Q sleeps as soundly as he ever has, especially considering the trained killer in his living room reading about faraway cities and enjoying the company of his boa constrictor."

This story moves seamlessly between dangerous missions, late nights at MI6, and tea at home, and there are several moments I stopped to reread, because they're beautifully described. Both the brisk first half and the more intimate second half are lighter in tone than Skyfall (which was fine by me), but I thought the characters were believable. Bond isn't one for talking about why he does anything here; Q is younger and less stoic than Bond, but he's also formidable and has a wry sense of humor. He doesn't expect Bond to stop behaving like Bond, and yet a genuine closeness develops over time. That and the dialogue, the evenings in Q's flat, and Moneypenny's turn as Q's friend are reasons to give it a go.

(If you're interested in Bond/Q on LJ, there are now three comms devoted to this pairing:
[livejournal.com profile] 00q   [livejournal.com profile] 00q_bb   [livejournal.com profile] 007_q.)

it was dark when i found you (AO3)
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Title: it was dark when i found you
Fandom: James Bond (Skyfall)
Pairing: Bond/Q (with a side order of Q friendship with Moneypenny)
Categories: post-canon, action/adventure, romance,
Length: medium (7,327 words)
Warnings: none

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] whimsicalimages
Author Website: favicon whimsicalimages

Author's Summary: Bond stares at him. There are two men tied up against the wall and four more lying on the floor, bleeding and hogtied with duct tape.
“I ran out of rope after the first two,” Q admits.

Review:
Q is able to rescue himself after his kidnappers take one look and assume he's helpless. Later Bond breaks into Q's flat now that he can no longer go to M's, and, "Q sleeps as soundly as he ever has, especially considering the trained killer in his living room reading about faraway cities and enjoying the company of his boa constrictor."

This story moves seamlessly between dangerous missions, late nights at MI6, and tea at home, and there are several moments I stopped to reread, because they're beautifully described. Both the brisk first half and the more intimate second half are lighter in tone than Skyfall (which was fine by me), but I thought the characters were believable. Bond isn't one for talking about why he does anything here; Q is younger and less stoic than Bond, but he's also formidable and has a wry sense of humor. He doesn't expect Bond to stop behaving like Bond, and yet a genuine closeness develops over time. That and the dialogue, the evenings in Q's flat, and Moneypenny's turn as Q's friend are reasons to give it a go.

(If you're interested in Bond/Q on LJ, there are now three comms devoted to this pairing:
[livejournal.com profile] 00q   [livejournal.com profile] 00q_bb   [livejournal.com profile] 007_q.)

it was dark when i found you (AO3)
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