Dame Judi Dench crowned as favourite Bond girl by Crawley cinema-goers

The reception for Dame Judi Dench at Ardingly Arts Festival, Ardingly College. 'Photo by Steve Robards ENGSUS00120130625105844

The reception for Dame Judi Dench at Ardingly Arts Festival, Ardingly College. 'Photo by Steve Robards ENGSUS00120130625105844

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More than a quarter of Crawley residents asked in a survey have chosen Dame Judi Dench as their ultimate Bond girl.

The actress, who has played head of the Secret Intelligence Agency, M, for 17 years, was chosen ahead of Gemma Arterton who starred in Quantum of Solace and Halle Berry in Die Another Day.

In a poll of 3,000 Cineworld Ultimate Card members 28 per cent chose Dame Judi as the Bond actress they’d like to see back on the big screen for an unlimited amount of time.

The survey also showed that Spectre was voted as the film people are most looking forward to see over the next few months (77 per cent), beating the much anticipated sci-fi Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens which comes out in December 2015.

James King, film critic and Cineworld’s Unlimited Ambassador, said: “It’s quite a serprise to see Dame Judi Dench come out top ahead of the younger, more stereotypical Bond girls- but it goes to show what a national treasure she is.”

Andreas Vass, head of Film at Cineworld, said;”Our Unlimited Card customers are some of the biggest film fans in the country

“It’s great to get their opinions and we know how excited they and all our customers are to the Specter next week.”

Daniel Graig was also selected in the poll as the favourite actor to play 007 by 53 per cent, beating Sean Connery (19 per cent) and Pierce Brosnan (16 per cent).

Jaws was selected as the favourite villan, narrowly beating Le Chiffre in Casino Royale.

Sprectre is out in cinemas Monday October 26.