In Reply to: Asked this question years ago ... posted by Jeff87is on February 20, 2002 at 10:09:31:
The term "Q-ship" goes back to WW1 where the British used armed merchant ships to attack submarines. If a submarine found a lone merchant ship they would usually surface and attack with the deck gun, thus saving the precious torpedoes. The Q-ship usually had a number of deck guns hidden behind panels that could be deployed quickly. When the sub surfaced the Q-ship would open up with heavy machine guns to keep the subs crew away from the deck gun and then use her own heavy deck guns to sink the sub. The germans also used ships like this as commerce raiders, attacking other merchant ships.
It has come to mean anything which is more dangerous than it appears.
Side note, Ian flemming had a friend in college who was a gifted engineer named, I believe, Quincy. He was the basis for the character Q. The name James Bond came from the author of a book on birds that was given to Flemming.
And, in case you're wondering, I don't get Speedvision so I end up watching a lot of History Channel.
... consensus was the "Q" referred to the James Bond character who built all those special gadgets into an "ordinary" Aston Martin.