Anna Chapman may have been a flop as a secret agent, but no one has accused her of being unattractive. And having been portrayed in the tabloids as a living doll, the Russian spy is now an unliving one as well.
The website herobuilders.com has just put out two dolls modeled after the flame-haired 28-year-old who was arrested in New York City June 27 and deported back to her homeland on July 8. “The Predator” portrays Chapman as an athletic action heroine in a midriff-baring A-shirt and blue slacks. But the other, marketed as “The Spy I Could Love,” is more risqué: The doll comes in a tartan skirt but with no top.
To add an appropriate note of James Bond — or perhaps Evelyn Salt, the accused KGB sleeper agent portrayed by Angelina Jolie in her new action thriller — both dolls show Chapman gripping a handgun. Each sells for $29.95.
While herobuilders.com is well-known for cashing in on headline-makers (they sell Rod Blagojevich, Sarah Palin and Bernie Madoff dolls, among many other selections), the flesh-and-blood Chapman is rumored to be looking at cashing in herself.
A media frenzy followed Chapman’s arrest, and peaked when her British ex-husband, Alex Chapman, sold topless photos of Anna to the British press. Now the London Daily Mail reports Chapman is seeking a six-figure deal to pose for Playboy, not only filling her wallet, but boosting her prospects of selling the book and movie rights to her life.
Vivid Entertainment President Steve Hirsch has let it be known he wants to get into the Anna Chapman business, offering her a lucrative deal to appear in a porn feature for the film company. Not only that, Chapman has also been named as a possible Bond girl for the next 007 epic.
Born in Volgograd to a diplomat father, Chapman immigrated to London, where she met her husband. But the pair split in 2005, and Chapman headed to New York City with a boyfriend. There she formed a real estate company — which federal agents later discovered was a front for her spying activities.
At the time of her arrest (which happened when she accepted a fake passport from an undercover FBI agent who asked her to forward it to another spy), officials could find no concrete evidence Chapman was ever successful at the espionage game. Now, with her real estate “business” kaput and no more payments from her Russian spymasters, sources tell the Daily Mail that Chapman is trying to raise cash to approximate the lavish lifestyle she had in the Big Apple.
“A media deal is the best way to earn money,” a source told the paper.
For now, with the real Chapman lying low as she ponders her possibilities, her fans will have to make do with a plastic approximation.
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