By Hindustan Times
Producers of the James Bond franchise believe dame Judi Dench’s performance as M in Skyfall, is worthy of an Oscar and are campaigning for her to land a nomination. Skyfall is Dench’s seventh outing as the formidable MI6 chief but it places her at the heart of the action for the first time. The 77-year-old actress is much-admired by Academy voters - she has been nominated for six films, winning the best supporting actress award in 1999 for her eight-minute cameo in Shakespeare In Love.
Barbara Broccoli, who took over production of the Bond films from her late father, Albert Cubby Broccoli, expressed frustration that the franchise had been overlooked for so long but said she hoped Dench would break the duck.
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