Singer Joss Stone nets Bond girl role

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She's 00-Devon ... West Country soul star Joss Stone was unveiled as the latest Bond girl today.

A digital version of Stone will star as the femme fatale Nicole Hunter in James Bond 007: Blood Stone, the agent's new video game.

Dripping with diamonds at the London launch, Stone said: "I'm the first Bond girl from the West Country - instead of Martini in my glass I'm drinking cider and nobody will ever know.

And the pierced singer pointed out: "I'm the first Bond girl with a nose ring."

The Brit Award-winning artist has also penned an original song for the game with Eurythmics star Dave Stewart - swapping her R&B sound for something more "Shirley Bassey", she said.

"Oh my God, Shirley Bassey rocks and nobody will ever get to there," Stone said.

"She's really powerful but there's no ad-libbing or warbling because it wasn't needed. I was just inspired by her and I tried to sing it in a really straight, powerful way.

"But I haven't really got a big voice like Christina Aguilera or somebody, it's trickery, I'm just loud and I can fake it a little bit."

Stone said she played her Bond girl a "bit like a posh version of Paris Hilton".

The game is not her first acting role. She has previously played "the ugliest woman in Europe" - Anne of Cleaves - in BBC2's The Tudors, so a Bond girl was an "ego boost".

"I would love, love, love to be Bond's girl in the next film," she said.

"Obviously that would never happen, but I would love to do more acting, it's basically dressing up and making pretend, it's what little kids do, it's a right laugh."

She was disappointed she did not meet Daniel Craig - who stars as the voice of 007 in the new game, as he does on screen - as she finds him "incredibly hot".

Blood Stone also features the voice of Dame Judi Dench as M and GoldenEye screenwriter Bruce Feirstein wrote the storyline for the game.

James Bond 007: Blood Stone will be in shops this Christmas for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.