Ex-Bond Girl Britt Ekland Reveals Her Battle With Body Dysmorphia: 'They Filed Down My Teeth'

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A "Bond Girl" is characterized by her beauty, her sophistication, her sex appeal and most importantly, her confidence, which Britt Ekland says was hard to come by.

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More than 40 years after the Hollywood temptress shot to fame as Roger Moore's love interest in "The Man with the Golden Gun," Ekland is opening up about her insecure past.

In an interview with U.K. talk show Loose Women, the former actress opened up about her body dysmorphia and self-doubt throughout the 60s and 70s.

"I've always been very insecure and not satisfied with my looks," Ekland said. "I was a plain, normal Swedish woman. There's hundreds like me. They're all beautiful, and blonde, and very natural."

Ekland, who is now 73, recalled having a negative perception of her body since she was 11 or 12, a time when she called herself "a very fat girl."

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Swedish actress Britt Ekland attends a reception at the Cleremont Hotel in London with Roger Moore. They both star in the new James Bond film 'The Man with the Golden Gun'. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
LONDON - APRIL 1: Roger Moore and Britt Ekland pose on location for the filming of James Bond film 'The Man With The Golden Gun' on April 1, 1974 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
Swedish actress Britt Ekland with James Bond actor Roger Moore, circa 1975
Britt Ekland and Christopher Lee, who play Mary Goodnight and Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. They were at Heathrow Airport, before flying to Bangkok to begin filming.
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UNITED KINGDOM Â CIRCA 1960: Swedish Actress Britt Ekland In The United Kingdom, Circa 1960 . (Photo by Giancarlo BOTTI/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Portrait de Britt Ekland, actrice, circa 1960, en France . (Photo by Giancarlo BOTTI/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Swedish film actress Britt Ekland in Paris, circa 1963. (Photo by Graham Stark/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Swedish actress Britt Ekland taking a photo with a Canon 'Dial 35' camera. 1960s (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Portrait of actress Britt Ekland, soon to star in the film 'Those Magnificent Men and their Flying Machines', at a press conference at the Savoy Hotel, London, January 27th 1964. (Photo by Dennis Oulds/Central Press/Getty Images)
Actor Britt Ekland and Peter Sellers, who recently announced their engagement, at London Airport, February 12th 1964. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM Â CIRCA 1960: Swedish Actress Britt Ekland In The United Kingdom, Circa 1960 . (Photo by Giancarlo BOTTI/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Portrait of Swedish actress Britt Ekland wearing a white dress, 27th January 1964. (Photo by Larry Ellis/Express/Getty Images)
19th February 1964: Film star and radio star Peter Sellers (1925 - 1980) with his film actress bride Britt Ekland (Britt-Marie Eklund) after their marriage at Guildford Registry Office. (Photo by George Freston/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
27th February 1964: Swedish actress Britt Ekland, who married comic actor Peter Sellers last week, toasts pop singer John Leyton. (Photo by John Pratt/Keystone/Getty Images)
Swedish actress Britt Ekland as Gina in 'The Double Man', directed by Franklin Schaffner, 1967. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Swedish actress Britt Ekland, circa 1965. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
Actress Britt Ekland in a scene from the film 'Get Carter', 1971. (Photo by Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection/Getty Images)
Roger Moore pointing a gun as Britt Ekland and Maud Adams (left) stand on each side of him in their bathing suits in a scene from the film 'The Man With The Golden Gun', 1974. (Photo by United Artists/Getty Images)
Roger Moore chasing Hervé Villechaize while Britt Ekland huddles against the wall with a sheet wrapped around her in a scene from the film 'The Man With The Golden Gun', 1974. (Photo by United Artists/Getty Images)
Roger Moore romantically lies on Britt Ekland to embrace her in a kiss in a scene from the film 'The Man With The Golden Gun', 1974. (Photo by United Artists/Getty Images)
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Her self-consciousness continued as she grew older, when she was teased for her big ears and called "Dumbo," in school.

In her transformation into the iconic Bond girl she is known as today, she said she was even pressured to have her image altered.

Ekland claimed that as soon as she had the contract with the film studio, "they filed down my teeth and they changed my name.

"It's a job," Ekland said. "As an actress, you just do whatever you've been told."

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But looking back, the former actress said she can now look at her photos from the 60s and 70s and appreciate her beauty.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 22: Actress Britt Ekland attends the 8th annual BritWeek launch party at The British Residence on April 22, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 28: Actress Britt Ekland arrives at the grand opening of Fizz Las Vegas inside Caesars Palace celebrating Sir Elton John's birthday on March 28, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steven Lawton/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 31: Britt Ekland attends the Vatulele Island Resort launch event in Los Angeles, California, on July 31, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 16: Actress Britt Ekland attends the 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 16, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 05: Actress Britt Ekland attends The Hollywood Show held at The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel on Saturday October 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 12: Actress Britt Ekland attends day 1 of The Hollywood Show held at Westin LAX on January 12, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Britt Ekland attends a photocall to announce the Bond 50 Blu-ray collection at HMV, Oxford Street on September 24, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 24: Actress Britt Ekland attends the official launch party of BritWeek at a private residence in Hancock Park 2012 on April 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 08: Britt Ekland launches the Bupa Great Manchester Run on January 8, 2009 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)
Geoffrey Rush, Charlize Theron and Britt Ekland during 2004 Cannes Film Festival - 'The Life and Death of Peter Sellers' Premiere at Palais Du Festival in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson Archive/WireImage)
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LONDON - APRIL 26: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Britt Ekland attends the afterparty following UK premiere of 'I'll Sleep When I'm Dead' at the Kings Head, Islington on April 26, 2004 in London. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 04: 2004 Empire Movie Awards Held At The Dorchester Hotel, London, Britt Ekland (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
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"It's not really until today, when I'm a really old woman, that I can see I'm satisfied," she said. "If I look back now properly, I've had an amazing life."

Even though the mother soon eventually became known for more than just her figure and her films, Ekland said: "I'll always be a Bond girl."

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