The real-world director of security service MI6 has thrown the Bond universe into crisis, revealing that the actual equivalent of Q is a woman. Although given that MI6 doesn't really equip its agents with jetpacks and invisibility cars, she's probably just the boss of the stationery department.
Sir Alex Younger was speaking at the Women in IT Awards last night, where he was encouraging all women to come and work for him in his comfortable central London office with river views. He said of Q: 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 seems to be suggesting that spy gadgetry is a real thing and not just a fictional construct for the Bond world too, telling the guests that: "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."
By which he probably means sending phishing emails to world leaders and hoping they fall for it. [Telegraph]