Actors who have played him include Desmond Llewelyn, Geoffrey
Bayldon and John Cleese.
But in real life Q is actually a woman, the chief of Britain's
MI6 intelligence service has revealed.
Speaking at the Women in IT Awards in London, Alex Younger
invited his audience to consider a job with the service.
"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," he said.
The agency's chief, who has previously said he wouldn't hire
James Bond as a spy, also felt the film stereotype of spies
being posh and educated at elite universities was unhelpful.
"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," Younger said.
'Q', short for 'Quartermaster' was most recently portrayed by
British actor Ben Whishaw in the Skyfall and Spectre films.
(Reporting by Ritvik Carvalho; editing by Stephen Addison)
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