11/07/2011 10:57 BST | Updated 10/09/2011 06:12 BST

Ways With Words: 'I Would Rather Have Been A Bond Girl', Says Dame Stella Rimington

She was famously the inspiration for Dame Judi Dench's no-nonsense M in the James Bond films.

Yet Dame Stella Rimington, the first female head of MI5, has confessed that she would rather have been a Bond girl.