“Send in the clowns”
The top two are absolutely the most gorgeous pictures of her.
It’s a short 20-second clip - not even the whole interview but you can see it at
There’s a story in the Express at
A charity auction of ‘James Bond’, to mark 50 years of the movie.
The top one, “Come here you”
PS We may have seen the last of her as M (she was bumped off in the most recent Bond), but Judi Dench will be among real national heroes this afternoon in the West End.
Our grandest theatrical dame will be at the Bomber Command memorial — opened by the Queen last year — to launch an appeal. Dame Judi is a patron of the new Upkeep Club, dedicated to meeting the £1.5 million maintenance bill from Westminster Council.
She joins a growing list of supporters for a memorial first championed by Bee Gee Robin Gibb. Dame Judi was eager to help, I gather, because her late husband, actor Michael Williams, served in the RAF.
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The article is from the Daily Mail and is dated 20 May, yesterday; has anyone found pictures? I’ve looked at all the usual sites like Getty and came up empty.
Here’s a link to the Bomber Command www.rafbf.org/1794/bomber-command-memorial.html
The screening of “Cranford” at the Directors Guild of America, April 2008.
(If Judi is barely 5’ tall, how short is Imelda Staunton? Is she even 4’ 8”?)
Judi Dench as Gertrude in Hamlet
“The theater is the thing I love doing most”.And I sould move to London… They have the best theatre in the world!
Judi Dench is a rare combination of seemingly opposite character traits on- and offscreen.
She is assertive and humble, powerful and vulnerable, extraordinary and normal. One moment she can be the acting equivalent of a nightstick, dropping fellow actors to their knees in awe, and the next she can be quietly doing needlepoint in the corner, away from the commotion she inadvertently created.
During her multidecade career on the big- and small screen, and in theater, she has portrayed characters larger than life in adaptations of Shakespeare works.
She has played proper English royalty in films — such as “Mrs. Brown” and “Shakespeare in Love” — and was even made a dame of the British empire in 1988. But those who have worked with Dench know of her different professional and personal sides firsthand.
Whenever she was doing a scene on the set of “Chocolat,” for which she is receiving the ShoWest supporting actress of the year honor, all of the young thesps would crowd around the monitors, silently watching her craft.
“I asked (co-star) Hugh O’Connor if he enjoyed watching her,” recalls co-producer Kit Golden. “He said it was like watching a master class. They would just stand around watching her do her scenes. I was doing the same thing.”
Co-producer David Brown explains this phenomenon with a rather lyrical, poetic quality.
“She can bat an eyelid and arouse an audience,” he says. “Her whispers can be heard in the farthest reaches of every theater. Her intonations evoke emotions.”
“Judi is always well-prepared,” says “Chocolat” director Lasse Hallstrom. “Everything seems to be born in the moment. It has been a learning experience. I am looking forward to working with her again.”
Pierce Brosnan, who starred as the James Bond to Dench’s M in the last three 007 films, agrees with these positions.
“She makes the challenge of acting so seamless,” he notes. “She never takes her eyes off you. She has impeccable concentration with that wickedness beneath the surface that tells you she knows what you’re about and is in control.”
But alongside her strength and presence, is another more accessible, more usual existence. In real life, she is neither Lady Macbeth, Queen Elizabeth nor Queen Victoria.
“As an actor, she’s completely down to earth,” says Colin Firth, who appeared in “Shakespeare in Love” with Dench. “One could easily be in awe of her. She is a great actress, a great woman and a dame, but she really puts you at ease.”
“I had the great pleasure of having dinner with her numerous times while we were shooting in England,” says Golden. “I remember she had a great conversation with one of the waiters who recognized her and ended up talking to the guy for 15 minutes; just thanking him so much for saying what a fan he was.”
And, regardless of her stature in the entertainment community, she sometimes suffers from many of the same fears that all actors experience.
“The first time I met her, when we were doing a scene with six pages of dialogue, I asked her how she felt about acting on camera,” says Brosnan ” ‘I’m terrified,’ she told me. And I said, ‘Well, you’re probably more used to being in theater. Maybe you’re just more comfortable there.’ ‘Oh no,’ she said, ‘I’m terrified there, too. I prefer to be downstage, facing upstage, wearing a nice blond wig.’ “
Photo: J.R Mankoff
I very much like the first one… but the other one looks unreal… like a bad Photoshop job.
If you look at it close-up, it’s fine; looks the same as the first one.
SHE looks fine. In fact, she looks quite yummy.
However, to me, it looks like they pasted her into the garden setting. Did they? Probably not, judging by the other pic… but, tis how it looks to me.
She looks what she is - an Eminently Fuckable Dame!!
The pic where she is standing… still looks odd to me. SHE looks great. The pic the way it is done… doesn’t. I don’t know if it’s the lighting or what… but it looks like a bad Photoshop…
The one where she’s standing does look odd but it’s because of the pose, 3/4, and the dress which has a twist at the waist; they chose the style in an effort to accentuate her waist and minimize her tummy but the drape of the dress and the pose work in opposition to each other. It’s too bad because she looks gorgeous otherwise. She’s wearing her own jewelry but only one ring (or is it two) on her right hand. I wish some high fashion magazine would do a whole cover story and spread with her - gowns, jewelry - the whole treatment.
The bottom one kills me