British acting legend Dame Judi Dench has revealed she once brought a goldfish back to life by giving it the kiss of life.
The 85-year-old actress is best known for her mesmerising roles in theatre and on screen, but she recently told how she is also a dab hand at resuscitating small pets.
Dench told of the incident during an appearance on the Chris Evans - How To Wow podcast.
She told Evans: “My goldfish recently died. I once gave it the kiss of life.
“It died when it was very little and I gave it the kiss of life and it grew to be six inches long. We kept it in a nice tank.”
The episode also sees the star discuss her stint as M in the James Bond franchise.
She told how she was forced to complain to producer Barbara Broccoli as her co-star Daniel Craig often got to visit glamorous destinations as Bond, but M is only ever in “that office”.
She said about her role: “I am very pleased I did. It was just wonderful but I was kept in that office all the time and I complained to Barbara Broccoli and said, ‘Everybody goes to glamorous places and I am in that office all the time’.
“We did one of them when we were at Stowe School and I was in this big trailer with Innsbruck written along the side.
“They said, ‘You can never complain again because you have been in Innsbruck’.”
Dench added: “But I loved it. I was drunk with power. As M, I just played it like the person in the script, hopefully, and like the intention.
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“She got to tell Bond off quite a lot and be quite bossy and I had to assert myself a bit, as there has not been a woman M before.
“I went about it like playing any part. You rely on the director and the people you are acting with and hope for the best. I also say hope for the best and make the most of the parties.”
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