Judi Dench Returns As M In “Bond 23”

Dame Judi Dench has confirmed she will be reprising the role of MI6 chief M in the upcoming 23rd James Bond film reports MI6.

Speaking to the media after the South Bank Sky Arts Awards, she said she couldn’t reveal anything about the project – “Nothing… my lips are sealed. I can’t tell you anything at all.”

She added that she’s very glad the franchise seems to be moving forward again “Of course, I’m looking forward hugely to working with Daniel [Craig] again and with Sam [Mendes] who I’ve only ever worked with in the theatre. So that’ll be all good fun to do! I’m so glad it’s coming back, it’s wonderful.”

This film would mark the seventh time Dench has played the role of M starting with 1995’s “GoldenEye”. The Sam Mendes-directed “Bond 23” is due out November 9th, 2012.