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Judi Dench Returns for Bond 23

27 January 2011 | | See recent news »

Judi Dench is set to reprise her role as M in the upcoming (and currently untitled) Bond 23 , reports James Bond fansite MI6 . Dench herself announced the return at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards in London last night, though she was tight on details, saying only that she was looking forward to a repeat performance opposite Daniel Craig and the chance to work again with Director Sam Mendes (this time in a film rather than on the stage.) Dench's casting has been one of the longer lasting performances in the Bond franchise, appearing in every film since GoldenEye . The original M was played by Bernard Lee who lasted nine films ( Dr. No through Moonraker ). The role was then taken over by Robert Brown, who appeared in four ( Octopussy through License to Kill ). Bond 23 is »

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Judi Dench Set to Return as M in Bond 23

27 January 2011 12:20 AM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

She's appeared as the character of M in every 007 film since 1995's GoldenEye, and now MI6 is reporting that Dame Judi Dench will join fellow actor Daniel Craig for Bond 23 as well.

Dench announced the return at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards in London last night, though remained reticent about details. When pressed she would only say, "Nothing... my lips are sealed. I can't tell you anything at all!"

"Of course, I'm looking forward hugely to working with Daniel [Craig] again and with Sam [Mendes] who I've only ever worked with in the theatre," she added. "So that'll be all good fun to do! I'm so glad it's coming back, it's wonderful."

This is good news, indeed. Though Dench played the first female M in history, her performance provided a more contemporary and realistic take on the character. Dench gave M more humanity, but never strayed from being tough and »

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