Full Transcript of the On-stage Chat
SF: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome
back on stage, Judi Dench (applause and music) A picture seems
to have emerged over this evening, Judi, of a vain, crabby,
cantankerous, (laughter) moody, ungenerous, talentless old cow.
DJD: (just laughs -- HER laugh)
SF: It's now that we can give you the
opportunity perhaps to answer back at some of your critics ...
firstly -- driving -- is it true that you're really such a
DJD: I don't think I am. You'd have
to ask my daughter whether I'm terrible -- yes, Michael thought
I was absolutely appalling. I can't resist it.
SF: Yes -- I know that feeling.
Nobody believes they're a bad driver -- do they?
DJD: No -- I suppose that's what it
is. I think I'm rather careful but alot of my friends
would say -- you know -- don't drive with her. Some of
them are here tonight. (laughter)
SF: Now -- um -- nervousness ... Pierce
Brosnan talked about you being nervous and he said that you told
him that you're also nervous on stage ... is that true and has
it got better or worse?
DJD: It's got worse -- the nerves.
I don't think it's our business to talk about it or show it
really, though, I never think -- because I think it's what
creates adrenalin and I that ... that's what we -- you know --
that's what the lorry goes on ... and so ... but there are ways
of using it in some kind of way but I was very very frightened
on the first Bond film because well, I don't know -- I didn't
know -- I know a bit more now but I didn't know anything about
filming at all ...
SF: Especially action filming -- which
is very difficult ...
DJD: There's not much action for me,
though. You know -- they put me behind a desk in a shed outside
SF: Well, you were in prison, of course,
in the last one ...
DJD: Yes, but that was in a shed outside
London, too. (laughter) They're always saying -- Oh,
this time you'll go away and then the last time you'll be in
Turkey and Scotland and I said -- Oh, that's absolutely
wonderful -- no -- I was in a shed outside London ... except on
the last day, I was at Stowe School in a Winnebago called
Innsbrook. (laughter) At least I could say I
was in Innsbrook for the day. (laughter)
SF: It's been said that you don't enjoy
-- you've heard it twice or three times -- that you don't enjoy
watching yourself back on screen -- is that really true?
DJD: Yes -- it's absolutely true.
SF: Is it a sort of embarrassment or do
you feel it sort of breaks your own ...
DJD: It looks all the same -- it looks
all the same to me.
SF: Well, it doesn't to us -- I can
assure you ... I've been told you haven't even seen "A Room
With a View" or "A Handful of Dust" --
DJD: Or Chocolat.
SF: Or Chocolat. "Handful of
Dust" you should see -- it has a very good scene in it with
me in it. (laughter) Just a suggestion.
DJD: Were we together?
SF: Sadly not. (laughter) No
... I know you take compliments gracefully because that's part
of what you do but you don't like to hear them too much but this
has been nothing but an evening of compliments so in many ways,
it may have been hell for you but all I can do is assure you
it's been an absolute pleasure for us and a delight as always to
see you on this or any other stage and for the television
audience to see you on screen again. Thank you very much
indeed, Judi. It's been such a pleasure.
DJD: Thank you, Stephen.