1. Dame Judi Dench Discusses 'Royale' Reprisal

    By Matt Weston on 2005-12-08

    In an interview with, Dame Judi Dench has once again confirmed she will reprise her role as “M” in the upcoming James Bond film, Casino Royale, but is yet to meet with director Martin Campbell.

    Dame Judi Dench

    Dame Judi Dench

    “I haven’t seen Martin since we did GoldenEye,” she said. “I haven’t seen him. I haven’t seen him lately, just been told I’m going to do it. And he’ll tell me how to do it.”

    Asked why, earlier this year, she firmly asserted that Pierce Brosnan would return to the role, Dench went coy, revealing she had read about it in the media.

    “I’m not allowed to say that because I said that last time and I got into deep trouble just because I read it in a paper. I was in terrible trouble when I went home.”

    Nonetheless, the actress is excited to be starring in the upcoming film, opposite new 007, Daniel Craig. “I’m not [surprised they chose Daniel Craig as the new James Bond] … I’m absolutely thrilled for him.”

    And what of her future in the role? “Well, it can’t be indefinite. She’d drop off. I’m surprised I’m in this one. But she’d drop off, poor old thing.”

    Casino Royale begins production next month for a November 2006 release.