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James Bond is not going to get job as British Spy, says Head of External Intelligence Agency Alex Younger

In contrast to James Bond, MI6 officers are not for taking moral shortcut, says Alex Younger

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October 28, 2016: James Bond is not going to get a job as a British spy, stated the head of the external intelligence agency, MI6; in spite of his unrivalled and unmatched record of saving the world from disasters single-handedly while seducing gorgeous women at the same time!

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According to Reuters, Alex Younger claimed that actual spies have to deal with both physical and complex moral challenges in the most forbidding environments and uncomfortable situations on Earth; something that Bond cannot manage, lacking a code of strong ethics.

In an interview that was published on ‘Black history Month’, a website that dedicates itself to the grand annual celebration of Britain’s black culture and its heritage, Young stated, “in contrast to James Bond, MI6 officers are not for taking moral shortcut.”

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“It’s safe to say that James Bond wouldn’t get through our recruitment process,” he further added.

He said that the real MI6 spooks shared some qualities with Bond, like his tenacity and energy, patriotism and they also needed some additional values and qualities not portrayed by the hero of ‘Goldfinger’, ‘From Russia with Love’, ‘Dr. No’ and the more recent ‘Skyfall’ or ‘Spectre,’ quoted Reuters report.

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“An intelligence officer in the real MI6 has a high degree of emotional intelligence, values teamwork and always has respect for the law, unlike Mr. Bond.”

– prepared by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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