Dame Judi Dench is a versatile force of nature. One minute babbling brook, the next category 5 hurricane. In her new movie, Philomena, she plays a mother on a quest to find her long lost son. As a warning to anyone who might try and get between her and mission, here’s five people who made the mistake of getting in Judi’s crosshairs.
1. James Bond, Golden Eye (1995)
It doesn’t get much ballsier than sticking it to MI7’s clandestine licensed killer. She even alludes to her steady bollocks, so you know this Dame means business.
2. Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice (2005)
The shades of Pemberley will not be thus polluted, girl.
3. Viola, Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Don’t get it twisted, there’s only one Queen when Judi’s in the room.
4. Sheba Hart, Notes on a Scandal (2006)
Here Judi goes for the bait and switch. First its verge-of-tears vulnerability, but then WAIT! the claws come out as she digs into Cate Blanchett’s character for maintaining a relationship with her teenage student. Bonus points for bluntness with “You’re not young.”
5. England, Rage (2009)
Even entire nations aren’t safe from the powerhouse that is Dame Judi. U.N. Security council take note.