Entries in Judi Dench (2)


Dame Judi Dench Battles Blindness

Comstock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- British actress Dame Judi Dench is battling to retain her sight after being diagnosed with an eye condition that can cause blindness.

In an interview with the Daily Mirror, the 77-year-old actress revealed that she has macular degeneration and her eyesight is already bad. She says family and friends assist her with reading scripts.

Dench made her acting debut in 1957 and has not stopped since. She appeared in Shakespeare plays, as Queen Victoria in Mrs. Brown and is well known as M in the James Bond movies.

She was awarded the officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1970 and became a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour in 2005.

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James Bond in Drag for International Women’s Day

Sean Gallup/Getty Imag(LONDON) -- James Bond is certainly fond of women, and current 007 star Daniel Craig demonstrates that in a new video to mark Tuesday’s 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.  In the video, Craig stares straight ahead and expressionless in a suit as Judi Dench, the actress who has portrayed 007’s boss, “M,” for over 10 years, narrates a rundown of statistics to illustrate the injustices faced by women.

Halfway through the video, "M" asks 007, “For someone with a fondness for women, I wonder if you’ve ever considered what it means to be one?”  Craig then walks out of the camera frame and returns dressed in drag, complete with earrings, women’s shoes, makeup, a blond wig and a dress.  The actor removes the wig as the litany of statistics continues.

The video was commissioned by Equals, a coalition of British organizations that work to promote International Women’s Day, celebrated annually on March 8.

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