Diana Rigg does not have much time for feminists and would hate to think that, by playing an educated young woman who wants men to take her seriously in a new comedy film The Assassination Bureau, set in 1906, she was identifying with them. Forcefully, and constantly tossing her mane of red hair, she declares: "I find the whole feminist thing very boring. They say they are fighting for thousands of underprivleged women when in fact their reasons are totally personal. I think that these allegedly underprivleged women enjoy cooking fish fingers for their husbands' tea, and that the feminists are fighting a battle for an unspecified cause. I really wish I could believe that they had any reasons other than these totally personal ones. Anyway, women are in a much stronger position than men."
She had another criticism: "They are so much on the defensive that they dare not love a man because they feel assaulted by being dependent. They don't want to be vulnerable. But I hope I always will be."
In the film, which opens at the Paramount Cinema, London, on Thursday, she does not actually throw anyone over her shoulder Emma Peel style, she just bangs them on the head with her dolly bag. "But I'm verbally very aggressive in it. I don't play a heroine figure figure, just someone a bit quirky, and, I hope, fun."
She is currently under contract to the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as doing a James Bond film. "One of my horrors is the thought of becoming a classified actress. I want to do as many different things as possible, but I think I'll probably end up doing more and more serious stage acting."