Sometimes fiction becomes reality, as proves the recent vacancy of the British secret service MI6. The service is looking for a new ‘Q’, the man behind the technical gadgets in Ian Fleming‘s books and almost all James Bond movies.
MI6 chef Richard Moore announced the vacancy this weekend in an interview at Times Radio and since today the vacancy has been online. “If you want to serve your country by helping MI6 develop the operational technology of the future, take a look,” writes Moore on Twitter.
“ We are looking for someone who has a lot of knowledge of technology,” says Moore. “We need help in today’s world where new techniques make our work an increasingly challenging challenge.”
In the Bond movies, ‘Q’ is the one who always supplies Agent 007 with ingenious gadgets prior to a mission, ranging from an Aston Martin sports car with built-in missile launcher to a ballpoint pen that turns into a grenade.
The real ‘Q’ is not so much a tinkerer, but a leader responsible for the teams that create and apply technologies that allow Britain to keep an eye on the most difficult opponents.
According to Moore, the service should become a leader in digital innovation in the future. This also requires more cooperation with technology companies, and the new ‘Q’ has an important role to play in this. The Secret Service will also become more visible to the general public, expects Moore.
Discretion is essential
The fact that there really exists a function under the name ‘Q’ within the British Secret Service has not yet been known. “A few years ago, we decided to reorganize our technical department and we couldn‘t find a good name for it,” says Moore in the radio interview. “In the end, we thought ‘come on, let‘s go for it’ and called the department ‘Q’. And now we‘re looking for a new head of this department.”
Interested parties can respond to the advertisement until 26 May. But don’t expect public recognition when you become. “Discretion is an essential factor in the recruitment process”, can be read in the vacancy. If you want to apply, you can not discuss it with anyone except your partner or a close relative.
See below an overview of all the gadgets that Secret Agent 007 of the first ‘Q’ from the Bond Films (Desmond Llewelyn) got.