British spy recruitment shaken not stirred by Bond myth

British intelligence agencies would like to recruit more Muslims and women but those efforts are being hampered by Bond, James Bond.

So says the top agency recruitment official in an interview with the BBC. It's not that British intelligence has anything against gadget freaks -- heck, they just recently targeted gamers for a special recruiting push -- rather it's the larger Bond persona that appears to be counterproductive.

"I think sometimes we're hindered by it — because I think it gives people a false impression of what working for the organization is actually like," said the official, whose identity was withheld for security reasons. "It does tend to turn up quite a lot of thrill seekers and fantasists and we're really not interested in them."

The recruiter put the message in even starker terms.

"We do not have a license to kill, we do not carry Berettas," he said. "That's simply not true."

The Bond women? Apparently Hollywood can't anything right.

And I suppose this means new recruits can just forget about getting a Gryphon personal strap-on jet wing.

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