‘Judi Dench factor’ always spark swearing complaints

June 24th, 2009 - 5:17 pm ICT by ANI  

London, June 24 (ANI): When it comes to actors swearing in films, the viewers can pardon any star other than Dame Judi Dench for using foul language on screen, according to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).

The BBFC says that there exists a phenomenon, called the “Judi Dench factor”, which makes filmgoers less forgiving towards Britain’s most distinguished actress talk tough.

In its annual report, the BBFC, which is responsible for awarding film ratings, has revealed that four of the six complaints it received about the James Bond film ‘Quantum of Solace’ related to the language of Dame Judi’s character M.

The film has a 12A rating and contains several violent scenes.

“Almost every time Dame Judi swears in a film, regardless of its category, we can expect a number of complaints,” the Telegraph quoted the BBFC as saying in its report.

The film prompted only one complaint about violence and two from viewers who mistook a shadow on a woman’s leg for her genitalia.

“The remainder were upset by the film’s languagethis may be attributed to the ‘Judi Dench factor,’” the report said.

It further added: “This beloved actress plays M, Bond’s tough-talking boss. However, it was her tough talking which upset the viewers.”

A spokeswoman for the BBFC said that although Dame Judi used a swear word comfortably placed in a 12A film “it seems that she should not use such language.” (ANI)

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