Behind the Scenes by Judi DenchFrom her first theatrical roles as a teenager in York to her scene-stealing performances as M in the James Bond films, Dame Judi Denchs professional life has consisted of non-stop acting, leading to numerous accolades, including an Academy Award for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love. Behind the Scenes is a candid blend of reminiscences and photos, many of them never-before-seen from her personal collection. Its a uniquely personal take on her life and brilliant career, showing her off-stage as well as on. Looking back, she provides her millions of fans with reflections and remembrances of those who have mattered to her most - her family, fellow actors, directors and writers - communicating them with the truth and insight that is the hallmark of her acting. Behind the Scenes takes up where her New York Times bestselling memoir and furthermore left off. Dame Judi looks back on the last few years to talk about her role as M in the Bond films, the joy of ensemble acting in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the chance to tell the story of the heroic woman at the center of Philomena, her joy in appearing with other great actresses in the MaterpieceTheatre Cranford and her return to the stage in Peter and Alice. Tireless in her desire to perfect her craft, she says I simply want to go on acting. I suppose I could always be wheeled on stage if necessary. The great thing about acting is that it never ends.
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Dench made her professional debut in with the Old Vic Company. Over the following few years, she performed in several of Shakespeare's plays , in such roles as Ophelia in Hamlet , Juliet in Romeo and Juliet , and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. She drew strong reviews for her leading role in the musical Cabaret in Over the next two decades, Dench established herself as one of the most significant British theatre performers, working for the National Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company. She received critical praise in television during this period, in the series A Fine Romance from until , and As Time Goes By from until , in which she held a starring role.
The actress said her husband initially encouraged her to take the role because he wanted to say he lived with a Bond woman. Dame Judi Dench has revealed she cried when Bond producers told her that M was being killed off. The veteran actress played the MI6 chief in seven Bond films but her character met her demise in Skyfall in Seven [Bond] films is a long time. But MI6 would have given her the push by now, don't you think? The actress, who turns 80 today, said that her late husband, actor Michael Williams, encouraged her to sign up for the Bond films.