"It's 17 years of working with one of the most extraordinary actresses ever," says Bond producer Barbara Broccoli. "She's brought so much dimension to this character. It's very difficult to end that chapter. But it ends with enormous dignity and I think it's one of her finest performances. It's very bittersweet. She will be well-remembered for playing this role."
That this is the end of her run with Bond comes as no relief to Dench.
"Certainly not," she says. "No, certainly not. I could go on for years. Maybe I'll come back as a ghost. Now that would be Shakespearian."
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