Celebrities women would choose ahead of hunky 007 actor Craig include Mr Darcy actor Colin Firth.

London - When toned Daniel Craig stepped out of the sea in his blue trunks in Quantum Of Solace, women around the world swooned.

But while they may admire the actor's physique as James Bond, it seems they wouldn't want to date such a muscular man in real life.

According to a new study, three quarters of British women find buff bodies a turn-off and say they prefer their partner to have a bit of flab. Similarly, 58 percent say they would choose a man with love handles over one with a six pack.

Celebrities women would choose ahead of hunky 007 actor Craig include Mr Darcy actor Colin Firth, pop star Robbie Williams and Wolf of Wall Street star Leonardo DiCaprio.

An overwhelming 96 percent of women think a dinner date with an abs-obsessed man would be dull.

Almost three quarters - 72 percent - would rather the date was with a chubbier fella so that they would feel more able to indulge in dessert.

Of those in a relationship, 94 percent say they love their man just as he is even if he has piled on a few extra pounds.

Again, the vast majority - 91 percent - of women would rather their man spent “couple” time with them than pumped iron.

Almost as many - 82 percent - would never nag their other half to work out or diet to improve their physique.


And 74 percent admit they would feel self-conscious taking their clothes off in front of a perfectly toned man.


Over three quarters - 77 percent - of women say their ideal man would not have a chiselled torso like James Bond actor Daniel Craig or Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington.

Instead, their dream date - cited by 33 percent - is more likely to be Colin Firth, who memorably emerged from a lake in a wet shirt as Pride and Prejudice's dashing Mr Darcy.

Next come Williams (20 percent), DiCaprio (18 percent), followed by funnyman James Corden and Twilight movie star Robert Pattinson (each nine percent).

Other popular celebrities not renowned for rippling muscles include comic Ricky Gervais, TOWIE's James 'Arg' Argent and The Inbetweeners' James Buckley.

Only women aged under 25 tend to be attracted to muscly hunks with 49 percent of them fancying a man with a six pack compared to just 18 percent of over 55s.

The survey of 1 000 women was carried out to mark the release on DVD and Blu-ray of film Bad Neighbours, which pits buff college boy Zac Efron against beer-bellied family man Seth Rogen.

Relationship expert Tracey Cox, commented:”'Eye candy is never a bad thing but when it comes to choosing a partner, in reality, buff-bodied men are just not what most women want for real-life partners.

“Most women worry about their bodies, so we know the hard work and dedication that goes into getting a buff, toned body.

“A man with a perfect body has probably restricted his diet and alcohol intake and spends hours in the gym. All this suggests he's not going to be much fun as a partner.

“We feel more comfortable with a bit of flab over super toned abs. Women are already under extreme pressure to look a certain way and we figure that a man who appears less critical of his own appearance and obsessed with looks will be less critical of ours.” - Daily Mail