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James Bond Hurts British Efforts To Recruit Spies

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Deployed on high-stakes missions across the globe and surrounded by glamorous admirers, James Bond should be the perfect recruitment tool for Britain's intelligence agencies.

But the icon gives a disorted impression of MI6's work and may be hampering its drive to hire more minorities, Muslims and women, the service's chief recruiter said in an interview Monday with British Broadcasting Corp. radio.

"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."