MI6 Reveals Real-Life Q Is Actually A Woman In Bid To Get More Female Spies

James Bond got it wrong.

Despite never having a single female actress play Q in any of the 25 James Bond films, the head of MI6 has revealed that the role is in fact filled by a woman.

Giving a keynote speech at the Women In IT Awards this week, Sir Alex Younger made a bid to encourage more female recruits to apply for positions at the spy agency in 2017.

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Telling the audience at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London: “If any of you would like to join us, the real-life Q is looking forward to meeting you and I’m pleased to report that the real-life Q is a woman.”

Specifically appealing to women with a background in science or technology, Younger reiterated the growing importance of technology in UK domestic and international security.

Saying: “Technology now is at the core of what we do in a way that it wasn’t before.”

Younger, who took his office in November 2014, also spoke openly about the James-Bond effect on his organisation, being a blessing as well as a curse.

“It’s great in some ways because 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.

“That’s all great, but there’s a problem because it leads to a stereotype which is of a particular kind or a particular sort of person that will join MI6.”

Despite acknowledging the fact he was wearing a tuxedo, Younger pressed the point that he wanted to diversify his workforce and recruit outside of the traditional “really posh” Oxbridge circle stereotypes.

“So success for me is a deeper, broader range of technological skills in MI6 and more diversity, in particular women,” said Younger.

Famous for being the inventive head of gadgets, Q was most recently played by Ben Whishaw and previously John Cleese in the screen adaptations of Ian Fleming’s novels.


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