Now that Bond 23 is actually happening, we are starting to hear more casting announcements. The latest is the return of Dame Judi Dench as cold and elusive M.
Dench recently confirmed the news at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards saying, "Of course, I'm looking forward hugely to working with Daniel again and with Sam [Mendes] who I've only ever worked with in the theatre. So that'll be all good fun to do! I'm so glad it's coming back, it's wonderful."
The female M has been a staple in the Bond films since appearing in 1995's Goldeneye. Dench has played the female version of the role from the start, both in the Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig versions of the film.
The new Bond currently has a release date of November 9, 2012. It is set to go into production later this year.