UK advertises for real-life 007's 'Q'
The UK Govt has advertised for the real-life equivalent of Q, the eccentric gadget designer in James Bond movies.india Updated: Jul 16, 2006 08:43 IST
The British government has advertised for the real-life equivalent of 'Q', the eccentric gadget designer in James Bond movies, a media report said on Sunday.
The new chief executive of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and his team of 3000 scientists would provide technological assistance to the country's military.
The job, based near Salisbury with a six-figure salary, was advertised in Sunday's edition of the 'Sunday Times'.
Observers have often commented on the resemblance that outgoing DSTL head 57-year-old Martin Earwicker bears to the late Desmond Llewelyn, who portrayed Q in Bond films.
While Q has come up with the wrist-watch grenade and the disappearing sports car, the DSTL is credited with spying inventions such as the electronic "dead letterbox" disguised as a rock, the newspaper said.
The same type of letterbox was used by agents infiltrated into Basra ahead of British occupation of the southern Iraqi city, it said.
Much of DSTL's work is classified but some of its inventions, originally designed for the army and the intelligence services like liquid crystal displays, have acquired more widespread use.
Earwicker, whose early career focused on sonar and submarine systems, is to become director of the National Museum of Science and Industry Group.
His successor will have the unenviable task of maintaining DSTL's high reputation within its 350 million pound budget, the report said.