Exclusive: Judi Dench: From 'Bond Woman' to 'Philomena'
By David Weiner
Oscar winner Judi Dench notched another Academy Award nomination this year for her stirring turn as a real-life mother searching for the son she gave up for adoption. The 79-year-old star discusses her career trajectory, the perks of popularity in being James Bond's boss, and much more in the Philomena Blu-ray bonus features, and we have an exclusive first look!
"My husband was very, very keen about [playing "M" in the Bond films]," says Dench. "He said, 'I want to say I live with a Bond woman.'" She adds with a twinkle, "I'm very cool between [fans between the ages of] 10 and about 18."
Out on Blu-ray & DVD April 15, Philomena stars Dench as Philomena Lee, mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock and given up for adoption. Nearly 50 years later, Philomena meets Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), a former BBC reporter looking for his next big story. Together, they embark on a journey to locate her long lost son. As the pieces of the puzzle come together, the unlikely travel companions form a comic and heartwarming friendship.
Based on the 2009 investigative book by Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, Philomena was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Original Score and Best Adapted Screenplay.