The Man Behind Lara Croft

Adrian Smith's well-endowed computer heroine is back--better, brainier and bustier than ever

Adrian Smith is not 17 years old. The British game designer's hormones are about a decade and a half past the raging stage. Yet talk to him about his creation Lara Croft--buxom heroine of the Tomb Raider series of computer games--and his face lights up with a naughty-boy grin. "Lara's changed fairly significantly," he says of her latest outing, Tomb Raider IV: The Last Revelation. "She's got a bottom now. She's got cheeks. She's smoother. Now she exists just as we first imagined her."

So, thanks to the wonders of advanced computer graphics, our heroines can now be ogled more realistically...

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