Britt Ekland regrets having plastic surgery.

The former Bond girl - best known for starring opposite Sir Roger Moore in 'The Man with the Golden Gun' - blames her insecurities about turning 50 for her decision to go under the knife 20 years ago, and wishes she had chosen to age gracefully instead.

The 71-year-old star told the new issue of Britain's HELLO! magazine: ''I've realised this is just not me, but it is what it is and you have to live with it. Whatever I did 15 or 20 years ago, I'd never have done now. I turned 50, and you get insecure.

''The funny thing is for the last few years my career has been in the theatre, and natural expression is seen as a good thing. I think people look so much better if they don't have surgery.''

Age does have its advantages, however, and the Swedish-born star is thrilled with becoming a grandmother to Cash, her son Nicholai's child.

She gushed: ''As soon as they told me it was OK to announce, I went into full-on 'grandma mode'. When I first saw the baby he was so tiny. I thought, 'Oh my God, maybe I'll break him.'

''Within one day, my instincts came back and knew exactly what to do.''

Brit - who rose to fame in 1964 thanks to her whirlwind marriage to comedian Peter Sellers - wants her grandson to become fluent in Swedish, so she only speaks to the baby in her native tongue.

She added: ''I come around every Saturday at 8am - I have my own keys so I let myself in. I take Cash, and Nic and Alison go back to sleep. I lock myself in his room and speak to him in Swedish. He'll call me 'farmor', which means 'father's mother' in Swedish.''