MI6 Reveals That Q Is A Woman In Real-Life

For shame, Bond writers. For shame

From the first moment James Bond slipped into a tux and smoothed a life-time's supply of Brylcreem through his hair, the character of MI6 super genius Q has always been played by a man.

The actors that portrayed him have varied in appearance and demeanor, from John Cleese's comic misanthrope to Ben Whishsaw's catwalk-ready nerd, but the character's gender has not changed in over half a century.

But now, according to the Telegraph, MI6 has revealed that the real life Q is actually a woman.

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Sir Alex Younger, head of MI6, was speaking at the Women in IT Awards as part of his appeal for more women to apply for MI6.

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"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," said Mr Younger, known by the code name "C", on Wednesday evening.

He also revealed that in reality, Q's technological ambitions far outweigh the cinema version's.

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"The gadgets now that we employ – or operational technology as we more properly call it – probably defy the imagination of spy writers. So it's always been there, but technology now is at the core of what we do in a way that it wasn't before."

Bond writers surely have to treat this as a challenge to be more creative and ambitious – not only with their tech, but with their predictable casting choices too.