Hopes James Bond film Skyfall could encourage GCHQ applications
JAMES Bond is doing his bit for Queen and country by bringing in future secret agents for the service.
Bosses at the Cheltenham-based listening post are hoping the suave super spy will bring in applications from prospective analysts inspired by the movie.
And they are bracing themselves for a stream of job hunters looking to break into the world of espionage after the latest movie opened to massive audiences across the country at the weekend.
It comes just days after the intelligence service launched a new apprenticeship scheme aimed at bringing in more young people to the fold.
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A spokesman for GCHQ said the hope was Bond would raise the profile of working for the secret service.
He added: "If the current James Bond movie helps generate interest from prospective employees in the vital work that GCHQ does in support of the security of the UK, then it is a good thing."
Spy chiefs hope the latest film will also attract youngsters, deemed the 'Xbox Generation', who can turn their skills on video games to matters of national security and cyber terrorism. Up to 100 apprentices would be taken on to help the Government agency tackle the growth of computer crime.
Coming out of the cinema on Saturday, Tom Davies, 34, from Tivoli, said: "I loved the film and James Bond is the ultimate in cool.
"Everyone wants to be like him, but not everyone would actually apply for the job.
"I can see how people would get caught up in the glamour of it all, but not everyone at GCHQ can be James Bond."
Following a successful pilot scheme, the first young apprentices will walk through the doors of GCHQ this autumn.
Open to 18-year-olds with three good A levels, or an equivalent vocational qualification, in science, technology or engineering, successful applicants will spend two years learning about communications, security and engineering through courses, technical training and work placements.
On graduating they will enter roles within GCHQ or the other intelligence agencies.
The drive to recruit more young people comes against a backdrop of difficulties experienced by GCHQ in retaining staff.
Bosses admitted they had lost out on numerous employees because GCHQ cannot match the pay and perks of massive software firms such as Microsoft and Google.
The 23rd movie in the Bond franchise sees 007's loyalty to M put to the test as her past comes back to haunt her.
As MI6 comes under attack, Bond is faced with the task of tracking down and destroying the threat, despite the personal cost to himself.