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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Judi Dench resurrects Bond character M to plead after ‘Philomena’ given harsh cinema rating in US

Judi Dench back as M in the Funny or Die sketch
Judi Dench back as M in the Funny or Die sketch
Dame Judi Dench plays M in a Funny Or Die sketch
Dame Judi Dench stars with Steve Coogan in Philomena
Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in Philomena
Judi Dench with Philomena Lee

Judi Dench has resurrected her James Bond spymaster character M in a bid to change the US cinema rating of her new film.

The actress, whose character was killed off in last year's Skyfall, is currently starring alongside Steve Coogan in Philomena.

The film, co-written and produced by Coogan, tells the true story of Philomena Lee's search for the son she was forced to give up for adoption in the 1950s by the nuns who ran the Irish convent where she gave birth.

Coogan plays journalist Martin Sixsmith, who helped Lee attempt to track down her son and wrote a book about it, in the film which has been rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), meaning children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

The producers want it to be rated PG-13.

The video, which has been shown on US TV, sees Dame Judi playing M addressing Bond and saying: "Just when you thought I was dead.

"I have an important mission for you. Are you familiar with MPAA?"

Dame Judi made her Bond debut in Goldeneye in 1995 which starred Pierce Brosnan as the secret agent.


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