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Dench plays M in comedy sketch

Dame Judi Dench has resurrected her James Bond role for a new sketch.

The actress appears as M - who was killed off in the last 007 film Skyfall - in a scene for website Funny Or Die.

The video is a swipe at the Motion Picture Association of America for giving Dame Judi's new film Philomena an R rating.

The clip, a teaser for the full sketch, shows the actress spinning around in an office chair and saying: "Just when you thought I was dead."

Viewers then see M send an MI6 agent, assumed to be Bond, to take on the people at the organisation.

The idea for the star to play M in the clip was the brainchild of Harvey Weinstein, who is appealing the rating decision for his film.

He went on CBS This Morning and said the movie - about an Irish woman who decides to try to track down the son she was forced to give up for adoption by the nuns in the convent where she gave birth - shouldn't be R rated.

"There's two F words in the movie. You're allowed one F. And this is like The King's Speech," he said. "The movie is the gentlest, wonderful true story filled with humour and joy. And they should just put PG-13 for strong language on this and make it the exception. So it's under appeal."

He said: "With the blessing of Barbara Broccoli and the Bond team, M has returned from the dead to fight this battle."

The full video, which also features Philomena star Steve Coogan, will premiere on Funny Or Die.

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