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Connery was best Bond, says ex-agent Chapman

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 US and deported this summer in the biggest spy swap since the Cold War.

The red-haired 28-year-old said 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 also said she admired Angelina Jolie, who played a suspected Russian sleeper agent in last year's film Salt -- and hinted that 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."

Sunday Independent