Dame Judi Dench Confirms Seventh Return To Bond

Dame Judi Dench has confirmed she will be returning to her role as M in the twenty third Bond film.

Bond 23 was suspended last year due to MGM’s ‘financial troubles’, but has finally been given the green light, with a release date of 9th November 2012.

Dench – who received an outstanding achievement awards at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards – confirmed her return, but remained tight lipped about the details.

She said: “I can’t tell you anything at all! Of course I’m looking forward hugely to working with Daniel again and with Sam, who I’ve only ever worked with in theatre.

“I love Bond. I get to work with Daniel Craig on location and wear some rather sharp suits. I’ll do it as long as they ask if I’m alive that long,” she added.

The veteran actress made her Bond debut in 1995 with Goldeye. Bond 23 marks her seventh appearance as Bond’s boss M.

Along with Dench, both director Sam Mendes and ‘blonde Bond’ Daniel Craig have been confirmed as returning.