Judi Dench shocks the British public
The venerable acting dame inspires complaints to BBFC for her tough language as spymaster M in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace
Her appearance in the poorly-received London production of Madame de Sade aside (above), Judi Dench has spent almost all of the last 15 years being praised for her work on both stage and screen. So it comes as some surprise that Dame Judi has inspired a flurry of complaints to the British Board of Film Classification, the people in charge of regulating the films we see.
It appears that, whilst the British public know what to expect from gritty crime dramas and violent horror movies, they simply don’t like their 74-year-old national treasure to forget her manners.
Out of the six people who were offended enough by the most recent James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, to write in and condemn it, four had been appalled by the tough language spoken by ‘M’, the spy chief played by Dench.
That’s why the BBFC’s annual report, released yesterday, announced that: "Almost every time Dame Judi swears in a film, regardless of its category, we can expect a number of complaints."
The BBFC have described this phenomenon as the 'Judi Dench effect'. ·
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