The spy who loves Sean Connery
Published 01/01/2011 | 05:00
Russian spy Anna Chapman has revealed some secrets in her first TV interview -- she has a passion for shooting, wants a lion cub as a pet and Sean Connery is her favourite James Bond actor.
But she remained silent on the job that made her an international tabloid star.
Ms Chapman was one of 10 Russian sleeper agents exposed in the United States and deported last summer in the biggest spy swap since the Cold War.
Russians have been waiting for her to speak publicly after months of teasing the media.
The 28-year-old said on a Russian talk show that she considered the failure of her mission a chance for new opportunities -- though she declined to give details on what exactly her mission was.
She has become the new celebrity face of a Moscow bank that works with aerospace industries and joined the leadership of the youth wing of the main pro-Kremlin party.
She said she plans to have her own TV show.
Ms Chapman stripped down to lingerie for a photo spread in the Russian edition of 'Maxim', appearing on the cover of the November issue under the caption "For Your Eyes Only" -- the title of a 1981 Bond movie.
Asked who her favourite James Bond actor was, she named Sean Connery.
She also said she admired Angelina Jolie, who played a suspected Russian sleeper agent in 'Salt' -- and hinted she had her own action-star abilities.
"I'm a very good shot," Ms Chapman said.
"I have a passion for it, and I love going to shooting ranges."
Wearing a bright-green gown with black stockings and high heels, Ms Chapman smiled as the hosts played images of her reading verses in primary school and attending a ballet class and a gym.
Ms Chapman said she still started every morning with an exercise routine. "I can't function normally if I don't do sports, it's very important for me," she added.