The Telegraph
Since 1st March, 1999
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For M, Craig’s crackling

London, Jan. 20 (Reuters): Spymaster “M” thoroughly approves of her new James Bond.

Judi Dench, who has reached a whole new international audience playing the boss of the world’s most famous spy, first took on the role opposite Pierce Brosnan.

Now she is to face Daniel Craig in Casino Royale.

Asked whether she would treat the first blond Bond like an errant schoolboy in their first screen encounter, she said: “You will have to wait and see. The chemistry happens the moment you meet them or it doesn’t happen when you meet them. And I have met him and I liked him enormously. We had a laugh and that always bodes well.”

Dench, who established a reputation as one of Britain’s foremost stage actors before carving out a film career, said: “The stage has always been my first love but I have enjoyed doing a lot of films.”

Her big breakthrough came playing Queen Victoria in Mrs Brown.

Dench won a best supporting actress Oscar in 1998 for her cameo role in Shakespeare in Love.

Yesterday, she won her 11th Bafta nomination from the British film industry for Mrs Henderson Presents.

Bond car on sale

Would you buy a used car from James Bond' Especially one that might cost over a million dollars.

The answer may be known today when one of 007’s cars ' a silver 1965 Aston Martin DB5 coupe ' goes up for sale as the classic car auction season kicks into high gear in Arizona.

“James Bond fans are hard-core collectors and they can afford to purchase the Holy Grail,” said Terry Lobzun, a spokesman for the company auctioning the vehicle.

“The cars are an icon, part of international folklore.”

Auction officials estimate the gadget-filled 007 vehicle used in such classics as Goldfinger and Thunderball could fetch at least $1.5 million.

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