A Cheery Showbiz Anecdote
In my old job we worked with a lot of screen legends and pretty soon you learn to keep your mouth shut about what they say or do, but a piece in the papers about Dame Judi Dench, now 85, being entirely unconcerned about how she was received in ‘Cats’, made me remember this tidbit. No, not from that production above – that’s her as Sally Bowles in ‘Cabaret’. Famously Dame Judi is nervous on sets and never feels relaxed before cameras, although it doesn’t show in performance.
I was working on a Bond set where she was playing ‘M’. The interior was the office of MI6, perfect down to the last detail, with a huge cyclorama of London through the windows lit for daylight. Dame Judi confided to me, ‘It quite throws me to walk in here because it all feels so real. The first time I came in I had to change my skirt and it all looked so realistic that I went to draw the curtains.’