SOMEONE, we don't know who, posted a fake job advert on the Directgov website, asking for people to apply for the role of James Bond.
The job posting, which has now been removed, had the reference number 007 and a salary of up to £60,000.
If you think that was light on the wallet front, consider that there were perks too, including watches, guns and jetpacks. There was the suggestion that people with experience of using sniper rifles would be preferred.
It should be pretty clear that the job was a spoof, so put down your CV. Perhaps most telling was the advice that it would suit an applicant that likes their "Martinis shaken and not stirred."
"From time to time the UK government has a need to remove people whose continued existence poses a risk to the effective conduct of public order. So we require particularly skilled professionals who are prepared to work on a non-attributable basis to deal with these problems," ran the blurb.
"The role will involve international travel to a number of countries where individuals need to be removed," it continued.
Other clues that all was not right were the aforementioned references to jetpacks and watches, and the request that applicants be lacking in "distinguishing features". This, it said, would let them blend in and take on new identities as required.
If you are still interested in applying, and have worked out that you can still access the job advert through Google's cache of the webpage, then you should hang out near the fake looking rock in Regents Park. µ