Dame Judi Dench on Playing an Ex-Spy in ‘Red Joan’ and Cary Fukunaga’s James Bond

Collider | 10/10/2018 | Helen Barlow
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Dame Judi Dench was at the Zurich Film Festival to receive the Festival’s Golden Icon career tribute, previously awarded to the likes of Glenn Close, Michael Douglas, Richard Gere and Sean Penn.

“I love the title Golden Icon. Nobody’s going to mess with the Golden Icon,” the 83 year-old quips.

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The seasoned theatre actress and seven-time Oscar nominee (with one win, for Best Supporting Actress in Shakespeare in Love) was also promoting her latest role in Red Joan. Directed by Trevor Nunn, who has directed her on stage in many a Shakespearean production, the British drama stars Dench and Sophie Cookson (from the Kingsman spy films) as the woman who leaked secret documents relating to the atom bomb to the KGB. The story was inspired by the experiences of KGB spy Melita Norwood. During a press conference, she talked about making the film, being part of the James Bond franchise, Cary Joji Fukunaga helming the next installment, and more.

Was it funny being interrogated by MI5 as Joan?

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JUDI DENCH: Being on the other side? Yes it was quite. There was bound to be someone in a window watching. Ha ha! But I didn’t think of it at all. I’ll tell you a funny story about MI6. When I was playing M, I got invited to lunch there. “Come to lunch!” they said. “Yes I’d love to come to lunch. What time should I come?” “No, no not your car, we’ll send our car. You know where we are?” “You’re at that Lego building on the South Bank. “No, no, no. We’ll send our car.” I can only tell you that their car couldn’t find my house. Three quarters of an hour later…it was hardly their fault.

You don’t like to repeat yourself in your roles.

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