Friday Hoyden: Dame Doctor Judi Dench

Dame Judi has been made an honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

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“It was very embarrassing, you know. You see a photograph of yourself and that’s embarrassing and then you have to stand up in front of a lot of people while someone says the whole of your life to you. But it is a huge day of celebration and I’m frightfully pleased to have been asked.”

She does look rather pleased.

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Here she is shooting some scenes as M for the upcoming 22nd James Bond movie:

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Here’s a classic shot of her glorious grin:

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And here she is hamming it up at a 2002 centenary tribute gala to Richard Rodgers (of Rodgers & Hammerstein), performing a duet of “16 going on 17” (aged 67). Her performance is also a bravura example of the “talking on pitch” technique that is used by actors who don’t have the vocal instrument for singing per se (although it sounds as if she probably had a fine instrument when younger, the ability to project and sustain sung notes deteriorates sharply as one ages).

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7 replies

  1. The chap with the legs in the video is one Brendan O’Hea, by the way.


  2. I do love me some Judi.

  3. I love Judi Dench.
    My favourite “M” line, delivered with her trademark tart asperity.
    Geoffry Palmer (as some admiral or other): “Really M, sometimes I think you don’t have the balls for this job.”
    Judi Dench (as M): “At least I don’t have to think with them!”
    Deborahs last blog post..Child rearing tips – the chocolate frog technique

  4. Eee, she’s gorgeous. I love her.

  5. Watching Casino Royale, I go “squee” every time when she utters the line, “There was a time when an agent caught doing something so stupid would have the good sense to defect! GOD I miss the Cold War!”

  6. I saw an interview with her a while back where she said that she’s always a little disappointed when watching herself on screen, because inside her head she’s a strapping 6 foot amazonian, and most of the time she doesn’t need to acknowledge the reality of being rather shorter and more dainty, but seeing herself on the big screen confronts her with the disparity.
    To me she’s always projected the Amazon warrior quality despite her petite frame. That’s part of her particular allure, I think.

  7. Dame Judy has always been an inspiration. If I could attain a tenth of that ‘Denchness’, I’d be very, very happy! 🙂

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