Judi Dench admits there was another reason she cried during her final James Bond scenes
Judi Dench recalls filming James Bond
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Judi Dench admitted she cried during her last James Bond film Skyfall, where her version of M sadly gets killed off. But her tears weren’t just because she would never play the part again – there was also another reason behind them.
I cried because we were told we were going to Scotland for three weeks!
Chatting to Esther Rantzen and Adrian Mills on the podcast That’s After Life produced by Captive Minds, the iconic actress looked back on her years as the Chief of MI6 and just how exciting it was to be offered the role in 1995’s GoldenEye opposite Pierce Brosnan.
Judi was the first female to play M and continued to appear in the role until Skyfall in 2012.
“It was very exciting to do and we had good fun doing it – what a great part to be asked to play!” she beamed.
“We were very nervous, both Pierce and I in GoldenEye, because that was the first one.
“And for him, that was a huge responsibility!”
Esther pointed out that the seven actors who have portrayed the legendary MI6 agent, including the late Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig, all brought their own flare to the character.
“They all do it so different from each other, don’t they,” she said.
“I like the humour in it!”
But she noted the latest bond films featuring Craig, have become a lot more serious.
“Daniel Craig is a brilliant actor but they’re a bit gloomy,” she winced, wondering whether Judi would disagree.
But funnily enough, she didn’t.
“The script isn’t so funny,” she admitted, “I agree.”
Adrian chimed in, wanting to talk about Judi’s exit scenes, which left viewers everywhere complete emotional wrecks.
“In Skyfall, my wife cried at your demise,” he said.
Judi gushed over their sympathy, saying: “Oh that’s very nice!” before revealing she too was upset, but something else also brought on her tears.
“I cried because we were told we were going to Scotland for three weeks,” she began, giggling.
“We went one morning, we filmed and we were back on the 7:30pm flight that night!”
The actress went on to reveal a little secret about the location at the end of the film, which was partly shot in both Scotland and Surrey.
She revealed that Bond’s childhood home was built and filmed in Aldermaster, an English village, on Ministry of Defence land.
“Gosh, I didn’t realise that!” the podcast hosts gasped.
Judi continued: “I know, there was also that one bit of driving in that car [Aston Martin], standing and looking out over Glencoe – heavenly!”
The view looked out over the peaks of Buachaille Etive Mor and Buachaille Etive Beag.
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