Britain's MI5 spy agency looks to science to keep UK safe

Perhaps "Q'' needs a hand.

The head of Britain's MI5, Andrew Parker, told the country's top scientists on Monday that the spy agency's science and technology experts are increasingly being asked to counter the threats posed by terrorists — and he needs the best and the brightest to keep the U.K. safe.

Speaking to the Royal Society, Parker urged scientists, computer experts, engineers and mathematicians to "consider the varied and challenging roles a career in British intelligence can offer."

British intelligence agencies have long been equated with macho daredevils in the style of Ian Fleming's James Bond. Parker's comments suggest a greater role for the likes of "Q," creator of Bond's technological gadgets.

Parker says the agencies are stronger "with the richest mix of talents we can find."