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Dame Judi Dench Is Back For The Next 007 Film!!


Merrick here...

James Bond megasite MI6 says that, at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards, Dame Judi Dench told media folk that she is, indeed, returning for another round as "M" in the next 007 movie - which we already knew will return Daniel Craig and be directed by Sam Mendes (AMERICAN BEAUTY, ROAD TO PERDITION, JARHEAD).  

Dench's appearance in the pictutre isn't a tremendous surprise all things being equal.  But, given BOND 23's troubled and wobbly path to the screen (MGM's recent financial woes),  nothing could be taken for granted.  I really like her take on "M" - it'll be great to have her back.   

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  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Well, that IS good news.

    by AT

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:32 p.m. CST

    I love Dench, wonderful Actress, BUT...

    by Superponte

    I would have preferred if they recast M for Casino Royale. Complete break from pre-existing continuity.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    However... Sam Mendes?

    by AT

    Looks like we're going to get the pensive, slow-burn side of Bond this time around.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    she's gonna have to be phased out eventually, she's old.

    by stu_pickles

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    If I had a vagina...

    by Larry Knowles

    If I had a vagina, I would call it Dame Judy Dench. Instead, I have a weener that I call Sir Peter. Also, Harry, please call me. I love you. Larry.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Is she playing the bulldog-faced woman again?


    Why not just get Maggie Gyllenhaal? She looks like a bulldog and her boobs don't sag that much. Get some youth in there. Tired of old women ruining movies.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST


    by AdzonVonMelk

    and sam mendes... nice. craig... nice. it feels so strange to even say "nice" in a sentence concerning bond these days... it´s fun... "nice"

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Can't wait for the voice-over intro.

    by AT

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST


    by Orion

    But what if she was the best thing from the previous continuity.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST

    the last bond was a mess.

    by Orion

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST

    hey smack my ass

    by AdzonVonMelk

    remember, when they hired marc forster for AQOS? nobody expected an contentless action tour de force from him, but then... so let´s see, how slow-burn a mendes-driven bond-movie will be... i´m excited... a bit.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Dench was one of the things wrong with the last film

    by Kontarsky

    Well, they aren't fixing one of the broke things about 007. I liked Dench when she was first introduced as M ,as she kept it professional. Last film she was wheelin her arse around to Bond. Talk about fucking ridiculous. She's the head of MI6...why would she be travelling around to pander to Bond? That and about a million other things made the last Bond film unwatchable. In my opinion, Dench needs to be replaced with a male and they need to change the role so M sits in a fucking office again and doesn't keep travelling to check on Bond like he's the only agent who exists. Tim-Pigott smith is the perfect choice. He had a brief scene in the last film basically playing M and chided Dench's character. I found it ironic.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    If I was forced to make love to any 76-year-old woman of my choosing...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...I'd pick Dench in a heartbeat. Quite beautiful and I'll bet she's a wildcat. Got that energy, you know?

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    I would call my weener 007 but...

    by Larry Knowles

    I would call my weener 007 but its closer to 004. I measure it every night and chart its growth progress on my dressertop. Sir Peter is his name. What do you call your weener?

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    craig looks more like steve mcqueen than bond.

    by Orion

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST

    I don't have a PROBLEM with slow-burn...

    by AT

    but this is BOND, for Chrissakes. If they spend too long brooding about character motivation/childhood abuse in his past/blah blah blah I will not be pleased. <P> Let's all try to remember THIS IS AN ACTION MOVIE FRANCHISE. It doesn't need to be fucking DEEP. I do not go to a Bond flick to be enlightened or educated about the human condition. Capish?

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Good to hear

    by Sunhawk7

    Dame Judy is the best thing to come to the MI-6 office since Bernard Lee left. No one else has had the charisma that she brings to the role. Not to mention what a great actress she is. Plus Bond needs a Mother figure much as Bernard Lee provided a Father figure.

  • And I agree, the script sucked. The story made no sense.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Try to capture...

    by Mr Soze

    Half of Casino Royal's magic and you got my money. I watched Royal again around Christmas and when it was over, I thought that it might be the best Bond of all. No offense Mr. Connery.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Dench is one of the few words that rhymes with...

    by Larry Knowles

    Dench is one of the few words that rhymes with "stench", which is what I smelled while watching Quantum of Solace. But I don't blame Judy for that (yes, we're on a first name basis). I blame that ridiculously big eyeball that was projected behind the opera! I can't get that fucking eyeball out of my head! Everytime I think of that movie, that fucking eyeball is looking at me!

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST

    craig looks more like nosferatu than bond.

    by crazy4dragons13

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Need to introduce moneypenny

    by eric haislar

    It's got to happen!

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:51 p.m. CST

    They'll probably cast Simon Pegg as Q

    by MattmanReturns

    "Um, hello 007. Can I get a towel?"

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Where's the humor?

    by Larry Knowles

    The last bond movie had about as much humor as these talkbacks. Why is everyone here so damn serious all the time? I used to read these posts and laugh.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Bond needs a sidekick...

    by Larry Knowles

    Like ShortRound.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Larry, the Prometheus talkback had some good stuff

    by MattmanReturns

    in response to the "enormous head" piloting the ship.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST

    writefortheedit : I'd agree- her or Helen Mirren.

    by Playkins

    I'd probably lean towards Mirren tho.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Thanks mattmanreturns...

    by Larry Knowles

    ...I'll go check it out!

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    If Bond had a sidekick...

    by Larry Knowles

    It would be the best thing for the series. The kid could, like, always get Bond in trouble. But then, when it really counted, the kid could help him get out of a bad situation. Also, they could have scenes with the kid listening outside the door while Bond is shagging the lady. And the kid could just roll is eyes like "here we go again..." but the audience thinks it's funny. I think a good Bond sidekick name would be Jimmy Wand becuase Jimmy is another name for James and Wand rhymes with Bond.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    damn dirty ape/

    by lochkray

    I respectfully disagree. I admit the last outing was lackluster, but this is the moment for Craig to become Bond. The series has always had a hard time balancing taking itself too seriously, and slipping into camp. Every so often it hits stride and the "classic" Bond movies emerge. This is Craig's opportunity to shine - before he starts driving and invisible car, flying in space, or riding a moon buggy around in the Nevada desert.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 4:15 p.m. CST

    playkins: or better yet, a threesome

    by WriteForTheEdit

    with Dench and Mirren... ...damn, I need to go have some "private time..."

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    The name is Bond, James Bond. And this is...

    by Larry Knowles

    The name is Bond, James Bond. And this is my sidekick Wand, Jimmy Wand.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST


    by WriteForTheEdit

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Re: kontarsky

    by Acquanetta

    Dench being wheeled around the globe was yet another way the producers were trying to emulate the Bourne franchise. They were essentially trying to give Bond his own version of Pamela Landy. From all early accounts, EON has learned absolutely nothing about why QOS didn't work. I would say it's surprising they aren't making an effort to distance themselves from such a disastrous installment, but I guess it truly is the Barbara Broccoli Show at this point.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    effing keyboard... anyway, In all seriousness...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...I love DJD in the Bond films and I hope they keep her around for as long as she's up for it.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST


    by Larry Knowles

    Please do us a favor, lochray. Do not "respectfully disagree" in these talkbacks ever again. My brother Harry would be very upset if he saw how polite you are being. I don't want you to get banned. Also, Harry, please give me a call. I have something funny to tell you. -Larry

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Bond themed names for your weener?

    by Larry Knowles

    Does anyone have a good bond themed name for your weener? Oddjob? Goldfinger?

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Looking forward to this

    by donkey_lasher

    Quantum of Solace was a stop gap inbetween films. Even though it wasn't as good as Casino Royale, it hinted at some final chapter in the trilogy. I hope they do the series justice.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST


    by fat_rancor_keeper


  • Jan. 27, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Willow Smith for M!

    by Skraggo

    Seriously though, I always thought Michael Gambon would make a fine M, should Dame Judi retire.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Had mixed feelings about keeping Dench

    by seasider

    when they did the reboot with Casino Royale but she did show good chemistry with Craig and I liked that they made her character more motherly. But I didn't like how she was handled in Quantam of Solace. She came off as this whiny hag or believed any lie being reported about Bond and did we really need to see her taking a bath and rubbing her face with lotion while she's talking business? I mean what's next, her taking another MI-6 call while sitting on the throne doing a number 2?

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST


    by MapMan

    Agreed. M should have been recast when Craig came aboard. I would like to see another Bernard Lee type actor cast. The Geoffrey Rush suggestion was a good one. I'd also like to see a new Moneypenny.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST

    typo, dammit

    by dagwood

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    No one wants to talk about weener names today?

    by Larry Knowles

    Or Bond sidekick names? How about the next Bond Girls...any thoughts there? My vote goes to Natalie Portman. Becuase she's pretty.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    M should be played by....

    by Larry Knowles

    Eminem! The role he was born to play! (I'm reaching here, folks. Someone help me out.)

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    Dench is the best M

    by richievanderlow

    So her being back for this film was key. Thumbsup.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST

    She's a mensch

    by Mr Gorilla

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    They shouldn't have killed off Mathis.

    by Royston Lodge

    I don't really care about who plays M anymore. I'm still bitter that they killed off Mathis. He had such potential as a character. Might as well have Felix lose his lower body to some sharks! Oh, yeah, they did that...

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST


    by Professor.Heinrich.Von.Squawkencluck

    [q] Not while Daniel "one dimension" Craig is in the title role. Seriously, I'm not saying this to be contraversial or contrary, I realy mean it. In both CR and QoS, Craig goes through both films with just one expression on his face, of indignant, cocky, represessed anger. The rare times he breaks out of this singular poe faced expression - for example when he is on the train in CR - he is portrays just stone faced arrogance. Sorry, but Daniel Craig has ruined the Bond series, together with hack screenwriters Purvis & Wade and Eon's insistence in distancing the latest movies from the Bond trademarks (the Bond theme, Moneypenny, Q, the gadgets, the gun barrel and above all some fucking humor!). [/q] Woah dude. Vehement disagreement. Craig's Bond is for this 40 something idiot THE Bond. Screw the humour, James Bond is a barely restrained thug. Daniel Craig is that thug. Just imho...

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    What I learned from 'American Beauty'

    by SmokingRobot

    The only normal happy people are gay people. Ex-Military are child-beating, repressed, homophobic murderers. Average middle aged men scheme to fuck High School girls. If your underage daughter runs off with a drug dealer that's a good thing. Because drug dealers are authentic, sensitive artists who can see the beauty in the world. Ah, Hollywood.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    When they finally replace Dench, it'll probably really suck.

    by Royston Lodge

    It'll be some obvious choice like Sean Connery, or Michael Caine, or Anthony Hopkins, etc... There are no GOOD elder-statesmen espionage actors anymore. The good ones are all dead. Sam Neill could probably do the job in a not-too-terrible manner. It'll never happen, but I'd LOVE to see Peter Capaldi play M!

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Would you rather...

    by Larry Knowles

    Have straight sex with Judi Dench OR Have gay sex with Daniel Craig

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST


    by lochkray

    I would apologise for being polite in my last talkback post, but I'm afraid that would probably anger you. So, if it makes you happy (Gawd, I'm so Canadian), here is a reiteration of my previous post, sans politeness: You fucker, you don't know shit. Craig is balls out Bond, they just need to get their crap together. What kind of giant retard are you not to see that I'm right, and you are an ignorant cock sucker. More Craig as Bond, mutherfuckahhhs. He's better than George "I must have sucked off the produces to get this job" Lazenby. Hope that worked better for you, Larry.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    the last bond seemed to be 1 big advert for fuck all

    by therootstheroots

    plus judi dench is aload shite in it. i expect her scenes to end with her squating in a corner and licking herself, since they are so inducing.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Right on Brotha!

    by Larry Knowles

    lochray- Way to release you're inner Talkbacker! I bet you feel much better now. I like you (and I'm sure my brother Harry would too ;)). Your inclusion of the term "giant retard" was particularly inflamatory and disrespectful! I appreciate you taking the time to rework your original post into this more AICN-appropriate tone and phrasing.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Agree with mponte10006

    by ChickenStu

    Yeah. Dench is awesome. But if these new Daniel Craig films are a reboot of the series, then why try and establish a connection with the Brosnan movies? The role should've been re-cast. In GoldenEye, she's the latest person to hold the rank of M. AND she acknowledges Bond's previous long career as a 00 agent before her tenure began... Yet she's back in Casino Royale giving Bond his first ever assignment as a 00 agent? On the Bond websites when someone addresses this, they often say "it's a different M". But if it's a different M, why cast the same actress? The films are good and she's good in them, there's no doubt about that. But since MGM and the Broccoli's were so intent on rebooting Bond and moving it away from the Brosnan era, I don't know why they'd risk potentially confusing the audience...

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    Bond with a sidekick

    by MattmanReturns

    At the end of the movie they could run at the big gun-barrel in slow motion silhouette, set to an overblown Elliot Goldenthal score.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:03 p.m. CST

    WHERE DA GADGETS AT? BINO, Bond in name only.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    royston lodge

    by JeffreyKatzenkunt

    Your Peter Capaldi suggestion for M is inspired. I also think M should have been recast for Casino Royale. The reboot of the franchise didn't quite work for this reason. I'd really like to see the return of Q and Moneypenny too.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Re: Bond with a sidekick

    by WriteForTheEdit

    There would also have to be a scene with the sidekick looking longingly at the Aston Martin and saying, "I need a car; chicks dig the car." And then Bond says, "This is why super spies work alone." Comedy gold.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:10 p.m. CST

    And his sidekick should call Bond "JB"

    by MattmanReturns

    Because that's hip.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    I liked the 007 series until they turned it into the "Bond Identity"

    by ganymede3010

    These movies are complete crap. After the Quantam Solace I will never pay for another Bond Film again.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Dench in Casino if theyd got Gough for Alfred


    in Batman Begins made ZERO sense as CR was supposed to be a Batman Begins style reboot plus M in the novel was a man and it was time for a dude to be M again after 4 films. my choice wouldve been someone obvious like Patrick Stewart, Hopkins, Caine, Gambon, McKellan, T Stamp, Rickman, Hurt or even Dalton out of that bunch probably Stamp (as the others have been in like EVERYTHING the past decade....and Dalton might have been too much of a wink/nod for CR as it was supposed to be dead serious) seriously get rid of Dench for Craigs forth one and get Stamp or Dalton

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST

    oh yeah whoever said Sam Neil


    good one for next M

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Helen Mirren

    by THX1968

    And she could play it in a similar manner to Bernard Lee. Not only would that rock, it would be hilarious and very cool. I'm totally over Densch as "M". Great actress, but should have been left behind with Brosnan.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Re: "JB"

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Yeah, that's right. And, of course, Bond hates being called "JB." So, he repeatedly, and ever more angrily, has to say, "My name is Bond... JAMES BOND!" And the sidekick goes, "Yeah, whatever JB!" Which just makes Bond fume. More comedy gold.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    braindrain - CR as a sequel


    they couldve easily made it a sequel. and had Brosnan. plus i guess then it wouldve just felt another Bond movie (allbeit a bit rougher and grittier) recasting AND doing a reboot (inspired by Batman no doubt) refreshed the series

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    besides imagine Brosnan in the ballwhacking scene


    or better still Moore (raises an eyebrow)

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Would love to see Nolan make a Bond film.

    by notcher

    It would have a perfect balance of intelligent story and action. Although I do feel Nolan needs some action directing practice. He's not bad, but he can do better.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Should I hand in my fanboy card ... ?

    by Nice Marmot

    Cause who gives a FUCK about Bond any more?

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST

    I had to kill Judi Dench for making a mistake...

    by Dick Jones bringing about my sexual awareness around GoldenEye. Seriously folks...I'd wreck that shit.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST

    I like her as M too!

    by kafka07

    And for the stupid bulldog face comment, dude, you're gonna get either an old woman or an old man to play this part. The part has always called for some old because of all their years in MI6, hence the higher rank. Kabish?

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    make the next Bond like MOONRAKER


    and do something crazy like set it on Mars or have Bond thrown back in time to 1962 or have bond finding aliens or something... im bored of all the real world stuff like in CR and QOS....give me a sci fi Bond instead

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST

    JB: "Listen DICK, it's a poisonous kiss."

    by MattmanReturns

    Sidekick: "You don't understand. She understands how I feel."

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    I had to kill dick jones for making a mistake...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...and dogging in on my DJD, for realz.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    braindrain - Brosnan was kind of a 007 'greatest hits compilation'


    Brosnan was pretty much a combination of Connery and Moore - and so were the movies he did. I read recently when he saw Casino Royale he said something like 'thats how i wanted to do it all!' i always thought TND was Brosnans best -the opening sequence was the best Brosnan opening (even better than GEs bungey jump) - the way he just suddenly switches into full on Bond mode and takes everyone out when he realises the shits about to hit the fan. -the end song Surrender - one of the best and certainly the best song of the Brosnan era -Stamper - a worthy henchman -all the John Woo style action -Awesome David Arnold score -Remote control BMW -Walther P99 intro (good to have a change from the outdated PPK - which still appeared) -nice references to previous Bonds (TMWTGG island, TSWLM style stealth ship and climax, water scenes, satallite scenes, Commander uniform) -Brosnan looked his best in TND and is at his most bad ass out of his 4 films (killing Kaufman, taking out everyone in the intro, taking out about 5 guys in the sound booth, neat vodka in the hotel room before banging Lois & the TND hotel chilled vodka scene = pure Fleming ) Id put TND just before GE in fact...then TWINE and DAD last (1st half is pretty good but when Halle Berry and the ice palace appears it all goes to shit)

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Brosnan should do a 'Never Say Never' Bond


    itd be cool if some other studio found a loophole and made a Never Say Never style Bond with Brosnan. or maybe Q Tarentino could just do a spy film and have Brosnan in there (obviously as Bond but his name and 00 number is never mentioned and never wears a tux)...Characters like M could remain as theres an M in real life...the villain could be anyone, not take over the world stuff. there could be real gritty realisim..even more so than Craig Bond or Bourne - almost verging on John Le Carre. Low budget with swearing, brutal violence, sex, R rating, real adult stuff. ditch any music score. maybe even set it in the 60s give it some made up bond style name like 'Never Say Die.' somewhat similar to The Matador or The Tailor of Panama but more Bond like than those

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Helen Mirren/Dench catfight! Mrrroow!!!

    by UltraTron

    Should bring back basil or whatever his name is from never say never again. And he should say I hope we're going to have some gratuitous sex un what like violence. Then Bond plays atari centipede and it electrocutes him.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST

    I had to kill writefortheedit...

    by Dick Jones

    ...for being under the impression he'd have a chance at my lady.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Look at my face Dick!

    by UltraTron

    He was trying to kill me.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST

    "You dumb DICK."

    by MattmanReturns

    "Thirty seconds no more Dick."

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Brosnan was a good Bond... but his movies sucked

    by MattmanReturns

    With the exception of GoldenEye, all the Brosnan movies were cartoons. Not his fault obviously. He was probably the most balanced Bond of them all though. As Cartmanez pointed out, his Bond had a little bit of every Bond that came before.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 7:19 p.m. CST


    by Dick Jones

    We used to call the old man funny names. "Iron Butt", "Boner", once I even called him... "asshole". But there was always respect.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 7:48 p.m. CST

    I miss the old bond...

    by sonnyfern

    I miss all the crazy gadgets, ridiculous stunts, and the fantasy of it all. Craig is way too serious. These movies are suppose to be FUN!

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    piano on the sandbar

    by Dookie_Lumpkins

    in the beginning of the movie, Bond will blow it up.... cuz it's the right thing to do

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 7:51 p.m. CST

    I think you better do as he says, Mr. Kinney.

    by MattmanReturns

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST

    This Franchise Needs Some New Blood

    by bre32

    They managed to bungle the reboot so badly with the last film, I won't be expecting much four years later.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST


    by MattmanReturns

    Or at least wishes he was.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 8:56 p.m. CST

    How about an Indian M for a change? and bring Q back ffs?

    by KilliK

    if Dench's casting happened in order to erase the innuendo of sexism in the Bond franchise and modernize the Brosnan reboot and continue with the Craig reboot,i dont see why something similar shouldnt happen with the subtextual racism of the franchise. Because lets face it,in all these movies Bond looks more like a super-spy lapdog who protects the interests of the Queen and her WASP Empire (what has left of it) rather than a super-spy who has a higher,more noble mission,that of saving the world from powerful evil doers. Now an Indian M would ofc seem as a reminiscent of the British Empire,but eventually he would serve better the movie: 1.times change,and though once people like Indian were enslaved to British,now they can even be their bosses in a more civilized era. racism wont be a sub-textual thorn in the appeal of the Bond movies. 2.Bond wont seem that he works only to protect the interests of rich,white,guys.With an Indian M,Bond would be seen more as someone who serves a greater good the interests of Commonwealth in this case,which for starts it will give a more worldwide,multi-national aspect of his job and make it seem more important and noble. Now i know the above might not work like that in a Bond movie,but as i said,if you can have a woman as Bond's boss,why not having an Indian boss as well? and no,the CIA agent in the Bond movies who turned black since the 80s does not count. And as Q is concerned,they should bring him back and i cant understand why the producers havent done so until now.We have 2 Craig movies without him and there is no Q announcement for the 3rd one.even Craig has expresses concern that Q has not yet returned to the franchise. I bet that the producers are afraid that Q somehow will bring back the cheese and campiness,which they tried so much to get rid off in the first place in the Craig reboot. but if thats the case,then they are fucking wrong.It's not Q's fault if the producers have used him as a comedy relief for the past Bond movies and they especially tried to enhance that with the Cleese casting. Q is a cool character and he should be brought back.I always liked his relationship with Bond,it seemed a bit paternal to me,he loved B as a friend and he was always there to protect and help his with his genius gadgets. Producers bring back Q,make him less comedic and more serious if you want and keep that paternal relationship and cast Sylvester McCoy to play him,that way you can have two iconic characters (in a way) in the same film. OR do the opposite thing.cast a very,young,new coming,british actor who will be a teenager super-genius tech-wiz Q. that way he can serve as a younger,more joyful and less serious but more refreshing opposite to Dunch's elder,stricter,stiff and more serious M character and it will add to the movies an appeal for the younger audience. he would be a friend with whom Bond could discuss things that he couldnt with M: women,fast cars,etc ,they could drink some beer while this young Q was explaining to Bond how his new hacking device works etc,making pranks to stiff M (ok scratch the last ones) but more importantly the paternal relationship between the previous older Q and Bond,would be in reversal here: have a backstory for the young Q,maybe Bond saved him from the claws of some evil guys who wanted to use his talent for their own means.Bond saves him and seeing how genius he is,he bring him to the MI6 where he soon becomes the new Q. but because he is young,hot tempered,his sexual hormones are high,he is irresponsible,reckless,and revolts against any kind of authority,Bond will be there to advise him,help him out and protect him like the old Q did with him. regardless of how the producers will handle the young Q,it is a change that can be lead to some interesting interaction with Bond and help give a new aspect to this longtime and beloved character.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:06 p.m. CST

    It's a sequel AND a reboot, as far as I care.

    by John Maddening

    Bond is a rank. Your name is given to you, like your 00 number. <br><br> I mean, come on -- In OHMSS, Lazenby refers to "the other fellow"; there has been character continuity throughout the entire series; it's not the sixties anymore... This is just a new Bond finding his way.<br><br> I love Craig as Bond, I love Dench as M. I do want a Moneypenny and a Q (I'd actually be fine with John Cleese playing it straight), getting back to the Bond "formula", although turning it on its head from time to time would be good.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:27 p.m. CST

    well you could say its both rank and the same character

    by KilliK

    ie Connery , Lazenby and Moore are the same Bond,Brosnan and Dalton are the next Bond who replaced the previous one and Craig is the 3rd Bond who again replaced the old one.problem solved.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    writefortheedit and mattmanreturns

    by Larry Knowles

    That's some funny shit! BUT... Is it cool to be able to reference Batman and Robin so well? Watch it once, shame on Joel Schumacher. Watch it twice, shame on you.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:03 p.m. CST

    because he was the active Bond at that time

    by KilliK

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:13 p.m. CST


    by Dick Jones

    Please never sign back in or comment, as it would make us all very happy. Thank you.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Rank vs. Codename Theory

    by bre32

    Prior to Casino Royale, all the Bonds referenced the death of Tracy in some small way: Moore in TSWLM and FYEO, Dalton in LTK, and Brosnan in TWINE. The latter two were subtle, but were clearly meant to suggest it was the same character. Of course, Lazenby and Brosnan were also shown discovering old gadgets from the Connery era, with the implication that they remembered them well. If the producers had wanted to adopt or lend credibility to the "codename" theory, they had the perfect opportunity to do so with Casino Royale. Instead, they were scared audiences might not think it was the same old Bond and decided to keep Dench as M. (Even though it made no sense for her to act as if she'd never seen Bond before.)

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:32 p.m. CST


    by dukeroberts

    M should have been recast for the Daniel Craig reboot films. Dame Judi Dench played M beginning with Goldeneye in which her predecessor, known by Bond, was referenced. That meant she was the new "M", not the same M he had been working with for years. Since Casino Royale was a reboot, the role should have been recast so as not to confuse the issue of whether this was the same character we have always known (which it is). James Bond is his name. 007 is his code name. The actors are different, but the character is the same.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 12:02 a.m. CST

    I've always called her temporal anomaly dench.

    by UltraTron


  • Jan. 28, 2011, 12:48 a.m. CST

    M should be played by...

    by Con Shonnery

    Brian Cox. I'm surprised he's never been in a Bond film yet, he's been in just about everything else.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 12:52 a.m. CST


    by thot

    they need to film it asap and get it out of the way so we can, hope against hope, get a "real" James Bond movie again. I'd rather see Brosnan come back and do a "final mission" type of story. Whatever.....

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 2 a.m. CST

    I don't get the whole "pictutre"...

    by Motoko Kusanagi


  • Jan. 28, 2011, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Moneypenny and Q

    by goatherdingclownhunter

    Q- A British gentleman. Geoffrey Rush or Jim Broadbent. Moneypenny- A modestly hot woman from somewhere in the UK. Kelly McDonald.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Sam Mendes - Hopefully he'll deliver another Casino Royale

    by SithMenace

    That would be nice.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Ben Kingsley was born to play the ultimate JB villain

    by KilliK

    its a crime they have not offered him this kind of a role yet

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 3:45 a.m. CST

    "Property Of A Lady" will be the title

    by tangcameo

    If they're keeping with the Fleming related titles.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Always wanted A. Hopkins to play Blofeld (sp?)

    by tangcameo

    He could make a Nehru jacket look more than just a costume.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 6:09 a.m. CST

    if Bond is a codename wud that mean 'The Rock' is a 007 film?


    and John Mason is the name of the original Connery 'Bond/007'

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 7:21 a.m. CST

    God I hate Dench in OO7

    by The Awfulism

    A horribly wooden performance of an utterly hateful character. Let's hope this is the last film for her and Craig's ugly, sneering, humourless, Bond. Why do I even care about a series that hasn't risen above mediocrity in the last 20 years?

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST

    I would totally back a Brosnan rival film

    by Spandau Belly

    That idea is brilliant. Just make his name John Pond and he and Tarantino can just go nuts taunting MGM.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 8:25 a.m. CST

    That's why I said "as far as I care".

    by John Maddening

    The point is, we have an actor playing Bond who wasn't even born until there were five films in the can. If it were the same Bond, he'd be 80 now (the current age of Sean Connery).<br><br> The theory that Bond is a rank is the best one.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Gadgets? We don' need no steenkin' gadgets!

    by JaguarWong

    Puh-leeze. That era is gone, gone, gone. EVERYBODY has "Bondian" gadgets now. (Just look at your smartphone.) Dench will do one more, then she's done. I, too, believe CR should've recast the part (for a "clean" reboot), but overall she's been a net plus for the franchise. Her replacement as M should be... TIMOTHY DALTON. He'd make an awesome M... Have him grow a beard & wear reading glasses; MI6 underlings should address him as "Admiral" (ex-Royal Navy), so those of us old enough to remember his time as Bond won't think he's the retired 007. I'd love it if Bond 23 was called SHATTERHAND. (Blofeld's alias from the novel "You Only Live Twice", Dr. Guntram Shatterhand, has never been used in the film series. Well, they need to use it, damn it!)

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Michael Caine

    by KoolerThanJesus

    This movie needs some Michael Caine. I love Dench as M, but he could pull it off as well. Now MC as the big baddie could be genius.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Dench's M is out of date.

    by Lord Albion

    Nothing against Dame Judy, but her M was clearly a mid-90's knee jerk reaction to the appointment of Stella Rimington as the actual head of MI5 here in the UK, the first woman to hold the post. I have always seen M as an experienced and knowledgable former agent who is one of the few people who can put Bond in his place, and for whom Bond has professional respect. The role needs someone who can go toe to toe with Craig's Bond, and who you would expect to emerge victorious. Brian Cox perhaps?

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Judy Dench rules

    by RogueWarrior65

    She needs to join the cast of Red. That would totally rule.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 10 a.m. CST

    Michael Caine as 'M'

    by Spandau Belly

    It's weird, I thought of that too. I think for audiences outside of England it would definately work because Caine has that whole 'authoritative wisdom' quality and can play stern characters well like when he played Scrooge. I'm not sure how audiences in England would react to a guy with such a working class accent in a position of that prestige. Caine did play a more poncey bloke in ZULU and it didn't bug anybody, so it probably would work. I think Judi Dench as M during the Brosnan films was there more as a ballbuster to atone for the Bond character's legacy as a mysogynist. Dench in the Craig Bonds seems to have taken on a slightly more motherly quality, like she's the only one who understand Bond and she gives him emotional support but occassionally scolds him too.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 10 a.m. CST

    Casino Royale was the best bond ever,,,quantum was ok

    by FleshMachine

    this better be good...slow it down..make it about bond.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST

    NO MORE FAST ACTION CUTTING!!! it does not equal drama!

    by FleshMachine

    it equals boring confusion.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 10:18 a.m. CST

    'The theory that Bond is a rank is the best one'

    by The Awfulism

    No it's not - it's a load of toss. Is 'Felix Leiter' a rank? Is 'Blofeld'?, Is 'Moneypenny'?, is 'boothroyd'? I find it funny that some Bond fans have no problem with 007 going into space, battling ghosts and doing 101 things per film that are literally impossible but the idea that it could be the same man over 20 films (the Craig Bond is set in a different universe altogether - one of the stupidest creative decisions in the history of film making) makes them wet their pants. Anyway, if you do have a problem - try these ideas for size: 1. Bond was in his 20's in Dr No and in his 60's for his final mission (y’know, like Rambo and Indiana Jones) in Die another Day. 2. The Bond films don't take place in the years they were made - so Bond is only, say, 20 years older in DAD than he was in Dr No 3. Given that movie Bond exists in a world of magic and unbelievable scientific advancement - maybe he just took a few pills that extended his life by 20 years or so. 4. IT'S JUST A FILM!!!!!! Just enjoy it and stop trying to force real life dynamics of something that doesn't even exist. That's my favourite one.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Bond has a beer and cheets on M

    by Lamerz

    Bond 23 is going to fucking rock. Craig is going to own this film like Casino Royale.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    I back those that say Michael Caine needs to be...

    by Lamerz

    in BOND 23. Would be fucking awesome. Dench gets captured, Caine steps in as Bond's boss throughout the mission. Dench retires at the end after being saved by Bond. Caine is the new 'M' ... or 'N'?

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Time to kill off Dench's M and bring in Michael Gambon

    by SpyGuy

    Hell, Gambon's not Dumbledore anymore and he'd be a great return to a classic M. Just make sure that Dench's M dies on screen and doesn't get a cool Desmond Llewelyn escape plan exit.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    if Dalton was M....people who back the 'bond is a codename' theory


    would have a field day ....'OMG hes obviously the same character from TLD/LTK so 007/Bond IS a codename!' then they could make the movie we all desperatly want to see: - Craig Bond vs Brosnan Bond Caine wouldve been good as he was Harry bleedin Palmer wasnt he. so itd be fun speculating on if he really was Palmer (as Ms name is never revealed) Ian Holm wouldve also been pretty good as M (can imagine him giving bond his orders in that famous voice)

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Bond/007 as a codename/# - Argument For and Against


    for (i.e. each actor to play Bond was a different agent using the codename 'james bond' and the number '007'): -changing face, -same bond from 1962 would be in his 80s now... -‘this never happened to the other chap,‘ -Dench as M in CR acting as if it were a totally new guy -Never Say Never Again could be considered an 'official' Bond movie -THE ROCK could be considered a bond movie :) against: (i.e. its the same bond from Dr No to DAD...until CR when the series is rebooted) -references to Bonds dead wife in Moore, Dalton and Brosnan movies -Bond looking at gadgets referencing previous missions of 'other' Bonds (e.g. OHMSS, DAD) -would possibly mean Felix and Moneypenny and Blofeld were also a 'codename' (but not M and Q) -switching actors in other movies when actors is too old or unavaiable is considered normal and not meant to mean its a different character -its not meant to be - (if it were they could have past Bonds cameoing as M or even Bonds dad! )

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    in the opening to TLD i thought it was the 3 Bonds


    the opening when the 3 agents jump out the plane and two get killed but Dalton kicks ass. i thought the other 2 were meant to be Connery and Moore ...Im pretty sure one of them even looked a little Moore-ish so i cannot be laughed at too much!

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Not sure I want Q reintroduced

    by seasider

    at least not in the way he was used in the old Bond films. In the Fleming books, Q was a pretty minor character. I like Bond having gadgets but I'd rather them not be such a focal point in the movies. However, I think it would be a good idea to introduce a character who acts as some kind of mentor to him when he needs help on his missions.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Bernard Hill or Ian McShane

    by SoupDragon

    Either would do a fine job as M and would play well off Craig. The best news though would be if the producers finally put Purvis and Wade out to grass. (Which should have happened after Die Another Day).

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Re: Not sure I want Q reintroduced

    by bre32

    The only problem with underplaying Q is that audiences want/expect a traditional Q appearance along with his usual array of fun gadgets. (And after the last film, even the critics were calling for his return.) I think the series needs to sober up every now and then, but at the same time, that's not what built the franchise or has helped it endure for so long. Audiences have always turned to Bond for fantasy, as well as all the elements he has become synonymous with: Beautiful women, clever gadgets, exotic locales, and memorable stunts, etc. If Dr. No had just been a generic action film- with a somber hero that took everything seriously- we wouldn't even be talking about Bond today.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Michael Caine would make a great Q

    by SithMenace

    Make it so.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 7:29 p.m. CST

    the awfulism:

    by John Maddening

    #4 is why I don't see why anyone is getting their panties in a bunch about my theory. It's how I like to think about the movies, oh well.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Top James Bond Rumor Headlines

    by SpazMatic1074

    1) There is a new Bond film and the director is... 2) playing Bond this time around.. 3) ...will be the sexy new Bond Girl 4) the Badguy and ... is the henchman 5) M 6) Bond just started filming himself walking down the street in... *random exotic locale* 7) Bond just started filming an underwater scene 8) Bond just started filming the ski chace... 9) The car chase has begun! This time it will be an Aston Martin vs a ... 10) Here is a pic of the 2011 Aston Martin 11) singing the main title song...

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 2:24 a.m. CST

    how about Matt Smith playing Q?

    by KilliK

    you can have a shot of the sonic screwdriver while he is touring Bond through his new gadget toys.

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Lady Gaga will sing the new Bond theme

    by KilliK

    mark my words.that or she will have a guest cameo in the flick.

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Honest to God, I'm drunk

    by Connor225

    And I still see that you wrote 'pictutre' instead of picture. If someone who's not in their right mind can proofread your shit better than you can, you got problems, man.

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Casino Royale was a great film...

    by Tony Wyatt

    ...and Quantum of Solace really wasn't. It's really that simple. Just because the sequel was poorly conceived and messily directed, we shouldn't forget how well the reboot worked (even if the first film could have lost the last 20 minutes or so...) and start pining for the cartoonish rubbish that the franchise had become. As for harking back to the 'golden years', Connery's first two films - the best in the series - were as grounded as 'Casino', just a different era. Oh, and in response to Larry Knowles' "Bond Names for your Schlong" request, it's got to be "The Honey Rider", surely?

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    If Bond is a codename...

    by ChickenStu

    Why is Roger Moore's Bond visiting Tracey's grave at the start of "For Your Eyes Only"? (killed in a movie where Bond was played by George Lazenby) (Barbara Bach also mentions the incident to Roger Moore's Bond in "The Spy Who Loved Me", and Moore's Bond looks visibly upset by the mention of it... why would he care if he wasn't the same person it happened too?) And why are references made to Timothy Dalton's Bond "one being married" in Licence To Kill? (Again, a reference to that movie where Bond was played by George Lazenby) And in Die Another Day, in which Bond is played by Pierce Brosnan, why does he enquire whether the rocket pack from "Thunderball" (in which Bond is played by Sean Connery) still works? (showing familiarity with it...) The whole "Bond is a codename" thing is moot. OF COURSE it's supposed to be the same person!

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Tori Amos will sing the next Bond theme

    by tangcameo

    Because I said so. She will also appear in my bedroom in the next 5 minutes wearing nothing but one of my ironed oxford shirts.

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    by Tom

    I disagree, I feel like there has been more excitement since Casino.

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 8 p.m. CST

    by Tom

    I disagree with everything you say I believe CR was one of the best action movies so far this past decade. But only time will tell how legendary it will be become

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 10:14 p.m. CST


    by Keith

    "Her replacement as M should be... TIMOTHY DALTON. He'd make an awesome M... Have him grow a beard & wear reading glasses; MI6 underlings should address him as "Admiral" (ex-Royal Navy), so those of us old enough to remember his time as Bond won't think he's the retired 007." Errr...Bond IS ex-Royal Navy. So how does that work? Or are you saying that Bond would never have risen to the rank of admiral once moving to MI6? I guess that WOULD make his ascension to admiral fairly unlikely. I do like the idea of Dalton as M. Dalton is pretty great in everything. People often rattle on about how awesome Brian Blessed is in Hodges' "Flash Gordon" but overlook the fact that Dalton is fucking brilliant as Barin.

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Tori Amos

    by Keith

    "Because I said so. She will also appear in my bedroom in the next 5 minutes wearing nothing but one of my ironed oxford shirts." Natt? Is that you?

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 10:19 p.m. CST


    by Keith

    It would be interesting if he wasn't played for comic relief...if he was a geek, but a serious and smart one, good at analysing people and motives as well as technology. Perhaps suggested tactics for missions rather than merely throwing some new toys at Bond in a contextual vacuum and hoping that some of it would come in useful. (It always did, of course: .)

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 11:31 p.m. CST

    M dies in this one...

    by AngelinasOilBoy

    You heard it here first.