We all know from their verbal sparring in The National Gallery that 'Q' like nothing more than to sip Earl Grey tea in his pyjamas whilst causing havoc on his laptop - but what is it that he drinks his beverage from?
That question is answered later in the movie when we see 'Q' having a drink whilst trying to decrypt the information from Sylva's laptop. He is drinking from a mug featuring the Scrabble 'Q' logo and the number 10 - which is the number of points that you score in a game of Scrabble for using the letter Q.
The mug in 'Q'uestion is made by Wild and Wolf of Bath, England and is part of the range of Scrabble inspired gifts range. When through looking at different online forums I was able to find this out I couldn't help but track one down to sip my early morning brew from.
I managed to order the mug online. OK I say mug - it was actually mugs - as I got one to use - one to keep in my 007 collection - and one for a friend - as it seemed an ideal birthday present for a fellow 007 collector.
Anyway I can honestly say that this is my favourite mug to drink from in our entire house. It has a quality feel to it and holds enough tea to help me get up and go in a morning. It's Microwave and Dishwasher safe and it's great when you can have a James Bond prop replica that you can use in everyday life!
Now one thing that I've noticed whilst researching getting my mug is that there are two different Wild and Wolf Scrabble mugs - but only one of them is the screen accurate. As you will see from the below image one of them is for the UK market and one is for the American market - and American Scrabble uses a different font for the letters than the UK version of the game. The UK version is the one that appeared in the movie.
I recently contacted Wild and Wolf via their website and was glad to get an answer to some questions I asked from Sarah Plenty, (surely a name worthy of a Bond Girl), their Marketing and PR Coordinator:
Q: Had the use of the mug been arranged with yourselves prior to the film being made?
A: We have been selling the Scrabble alphabet mugs to our customers since 2010 so we were pleasantly surprised to see it had been used in such an iconic film, however we didn't arrange it.
Q: What did your company think when they saw the mug in the final film?
A: We were thrilled to see it in the film and were all very excited to watch it
Q: How did this affect the sales of this particular item?
A: With regard to stock the demand was huge and had we known about the appearance in the film our sales would have been up massively but unfortunately we weren't able to fulfil all orders immediately as we sold out very quickly!
mug shots - the mug featuring in the movie