Real-life ‘James Bond Q’ is a Woman, MI6 reveals
February 2, 2017 By Jon Somers
It’s not very often we share some real world stories but I thought I would let people know about this one as it is great and that is the real world “Q” at MI6 is a woman.
The character of Q, a technology expert, has always been played by a man in the Bond films. Speaking at the Women in IT awards on Wednesday, Sir Alex said: “The real-life Q is looking forward to meeting you and I’m pleased to report that the real-life Q is a woman.” The MI6 chief said one of his priorities is to employ talent but “we’ve got to get over and see through the Bond thing”. He recognised that the fictional MI6 spy is great in some ways as it “means that all of our opponents think there’s an MI6 officer behind every bush and that we’re 10,000 times larger than we actually are. However, he went on to say that the character leads to a stereotype of the particular sort of person that will join MI6 – whether they’re really posh or going to Oxford. The issue for me is that stands in the way of something that I regard as being so important, which is that we can reach into every community in Britain and make sure that we get the people that are the best regardless of their background.”
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