Dame Judi Dench interview

Time Out Dubai has a Dame Judi Dench interview of quick-fire questions about her career, about her James Bond character and more

1You’ve been acting for more than 50 years and still going strong at 81. Any plans to retire?
I’m not going to retire as long as I can work and as long as I’m asked to. If you can still climb the ladder, then do it.

2 Is there any climbing left?
Well, I’m always looking for this extraordinary play that isn’t like anything out there, maybe about an Afghan woman who walks the tightrope and turns into a dragon in the last act. I’ve looked for it for ten years or more.

3 Surely you can do what you want given your success?
I get frightened. I’m frightened that I won’t get asked to do another job and I have had that fear throughout my entire career – all 58 years.

4 Even though you were not in the last Bond movie, did you enjoy it?
Of course. I’ve always been a tremendous Bond fan. I did seven films over 17 years and I loved it.

5 Do people stop you in the street to say how much they love you?
They do. Although sometimes they just say my name in a rather challenging way. It’s usually as M. In India I was recognised as Mall the time.

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