Desmond Llewelyn (1914-1999) as Q in the Bond series. Desmond Wilkinson Llewellyn. In high school, he worked as a stagehand in the school's productions and then picked up sporadic small parts. The outbreak of World War II in September 1939 halted his acting career, and Llewelyn was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the British army. In 1940, he was captured by the German army in France, and was held as a POW for five years.