British treasure Dame Judi Dench talks about reprising
her role as M in "Quantum of
Solace", and the
new look high-tech MI6...
Dame Judi Dench On M
10th November 2008
Judi Dench reprises her role as the M,
the Head of MI6 and James Bond’s boss. “It
is terrific to be back, just wonderful! Working with Marc
Forster has been absolutely delightful. He knows exactly
what he wants and when you get your call sheet, there is
also a list of shots, I have never had that ever, it’s
phenomenal. That kind of discipline is wonderful to work
Dench first appeared as 007’s boss in "GoldenEye" when
Pierce Brosnan debuted in the role. "Quantum
of Solace" is
her second outing with Daniel
Craig playing role of Bond
and comments on working with him.
“Daniel is more
relaxed now although he seems to have an unending amount
of energy for the role. He is a terrific Bond, just terrific."
"The most wonderful thing is to be open minded so that
something could surprise you or delight you or excite you.
a story is our business and this is a cracking story to
Although famous throughout the world for starring
in feature films, Dench considers the theatre to be her home. “Theatre
is where I am most comfortable, I’ve been working 51 years
in the theatre and I love it."
"I actually came really late to films,
I had done very few before "Mrs. Brown". It was that
film that changed everything and suddenly I went back to America
after a lapse of 38 years. People asked ‘apart from Mrs
Brown and M, have you done anything else?’ and I suddenly
thought the whole of my classical repertoire had disappeared,
shot down in flames, nobody had heard about it! I’m not
sure my fan base has jumped, but my name as gone to a load of
new chaps like my grandsons and, sometimes, their fathers. What
I hope is that young people will come to the theatre, my job
is to woo people to the theatre because people go to movies anyway.
I just love a theatre audience and if they see you in Bond, then
they might be persuaded to come and see something else.”
That said, Dench always enjoys coming back to
play the character of M. “I do enjoy it, it is just irresistible!
[In "Quantum of Solace"] you get to find out a little
more about M, you certainly did in "Casino
even more so in this, especially the development of her relationship
and interaction with Bond. It’s interesting how she deals
with him and how he deals with her. She is not very sure about
Bond, not too sure she can totally trust him."
“Also, MI6 has gone rather up market. All I have to tell
you is, I don’t think our government has enough money to
change the real MI6 into my MI6, I don’t think they will
be able to manage it. It is phenomenal, we don’t do telephones
Thanks to Sony Pictures Releasing UK.