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March 08, 2004

Get shorty

MI5, the British Security Service, has made it clear it will be discriminatory in its hiring practices.

New guidelines by MI5, the security service, state that men seeking work as field agents should not be taller than 5ft 11in so that they can "blend in to the background" more easily.

The rules, set out in a new application form sent to would-be officers, mean that all five actors who played James Bond, including Pierce Brosnan, the film's present star, would be rejected. A similar height limit will apply to women, who must be 5ft 8in or less. MI5's chief, Eliza Manningham-Buller, is 5ft 8in.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 8, 2004 11:55 AM