Judi Dench Back For More Bond

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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."

Judi Dench as M

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.

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Judi Dench

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Judi Dench was born in Yorkshire, England where she's regarded as one of the greatest actresses of the post-war period, especially for her theater work.  In America, and worldwide, Dench is mostly known for her inonic role as M in the James bond movies since GoldenEye.

Judi Dench has also had a successful Hollywood film career in addition to the James Bond movies and has been nominated for Academy Awards for her rols in Mrs. Brown, Chocolat, Mrs Henderson Presents, and Notes on a Scandal.  Dench won the Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role in Shakespeare in Love.

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