It’s a little disorienting to discover that one of the big and small screen’s baddest badass babes – a slinky sinewy killer ninja in stilettos – is actually a more pussycat than kitten with whip.

Blue mesh bikini top by Alina Petra, tropical print pants by Stella McCartney and sky blue heels by Pollice Lee. Photographer: Filbert Kung

But Maggie Q (born Margaret Denise Quigley) the foxy femme fatale star of Rush Hour, Mission: Impossible III, Deception, Divergent, Allegiant, Insurgent, and on the flat screen, Nikita, Stalker and Designated Survivor sometimes scares the pants off fans.

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