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Sting with wife Trudie Styler. (Rex Features via AP Images)

Trudie Styler — producer, actress, environmentalist and wife of Sting — once had desires to be a Bond girl when she was younger. She recalls: “I had a bikini that I would put a knife in and sort of think myself to be the Ursula Andress of the day. Only in front of the mirror in my bedroom I hasten to add!”

Opinion is divided on Bond girls. Many Bond fans think the alluring women who surround 007 are a harmless fantasy. But others disapprove viewing Bond’s female companions as negative sexist stereotypes and poor role models.

Styler says: “It’s getting better but it’s not really what I’m about. I think there should be a female James Bond emerge in the next five years. I think she could be Jamie Bond.”

Trudie Styler was making her comments at the Hamptons International Film Festival, at which she was co-hosting a lineup of new British cinema under the banner Focus On UK Film.

To her what’s particularly important in the film industry is that women get equal opportunity to pursue their careers.

She says: “There’s a huge divide in job opportunities — that still prevails — I have heartfelt feelings that women in the world really do suffer far more than men.”

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By Tom Brook