Let me just start this off by, again, saying that I think Dame Judi Dench is about ten shades of brilliant.
Now, B.B. King may still be the hardest working man in the music business, but you just can’t convince me that Jay Leno should continue to be tagged by his peers as the hardest working person in show business. I’m thinking that that title belongs to Dame Judi Dench. In 2011 alone, we’re talking five movies, not to mention three more targeted for a 2012 premiere. So far, we’ve had Pirates of the Caribbean with Johnny Depp and then Jane Eyre, starring Mia Wasikowska. Released earlier this year in the U.S., it’s scheduled for release in the UK on 9 September.
Next up and slated for a November 9 nationwide release is the Clint Eastwood directed, J. Edgar with Dench playing Hoover’s overprotective mother alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Naomi Watts. From J. Edgar’s mother it’s another stint as James Bond’s boss, M, in Bond 23 which is currently in pre-production.
After all these years, the countless films, the Broadway and West End productions, endless appearances in PBS series such as Cranford and Return to Cranford and, not to mention, there was that brilliant singing of Send in the Clowns at the BBC Proms 2010, I can’t help but continue to say thanks to anyone who will listen for getting the opportunity to spend 90 minutes talking to her for PBS’ Behind the Britcom special late last year. It was at that time that she shared her feelings about her time in both A Fine Romance and As Time Goes By. Enjoy.