1. Dame Judi Dench To Reprise Her Role in Bond 21

    By Tim Roth on 2004-10-22

    Dame Judi Dench, who took over the role of Bond’s boss ‘M’ from Robert Brown in 1995’s GoldenEye, has confirmed that she’s going to reprise her role in Bond 21. Talking to British radio station XFM she said that originally filming was supposed to start in January or February 2005, but "that’s all been delayed now, possibly until the end of next year."

    Dame Judi Dench

    Dame Judi Dench

    Asked about Pierce Brosnan, Dench added: "I don’t know, I would like him to be [James Bond], we started together on Goldeneye and I would like to carry on, I haven’t spoken to him about it. But if he is not, then we can all look forward to having a new James Bond."

    Judith Olivia Dench was born in York, England on 9th December 1934. She is most famous for her roles in The Importance of being Earnest, ChocolatIris and many Shakespeare productions. In 1970 Judi was awarded the Order of the British Empire and was created ‘Dame’ – the counterpart of ‘Sir’ – of the British Empire in 1988. She has won several BAFTA awards and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2002 for her role in Iris. Her husband, Michael Williams, died on 12th January 2001 after a long battle with lung cancer.

    John Cleese will also reprise his role as ‘Q’; he signed a several movies deal back in 2002. It is not known if Samantha Bond, who played Moneypenny in the past four Brosnan films, will return. She has said several times in the past that if Pierce quits she will do as well. No word has been said about Colin Salmon (Robinson) either.

    CBn will keep you informed!