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As you may know by now, Dame Judi Dench is a huge fan of body art. She’s worn her “007” James Bond theme crystals three times now (most recently in June) but at the age of 81 she finally decided to make a permanent addition. On her birthday back in December she got her first-ever ink job!

Judi Dench tattoo


According to the Surrey Life magazine her new tattoo was a gift from her daughter Tara “Finty” Williams, is situated over her right wrist and bears the phrase “carpe diem” in bold font. “That’s my motto: Seize the day,” she told the magazine. “Finty gave it to me for my 81st birthday — she’s wonderful with surprises.”

While she seems pleased with the new addition, she says that at the time she got the tattoo, her costars in A Winter’s Tale would tease her that it actually said: “fish of the day.”

Last year Dench shared that she was toying with the idea of getting a tattoo, but got cold feet. “I am tempted to have a tattoo to mark my birthday. Finty’s very keen on me having one,” reports the Good Housekeeping. And she even had a design in mind — an Indian symbol which she said “supposedly represents life and love and everything.”

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“One of the cameramen who worked on The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel told me what it meant, but I’m a bit nervous in case I’m being set up… It might be unbelievably rude!”

We’re guessing 81 years of acquired wisdom give you the restraint to avoid getting a tattoo without doing detailed research (unlike, say, these celebrities!). Is it too much to hope for a permanent “007” tattoo on her shoulder next?

Thoughts on Dench’s tattoo? Share them in the comments.

— Colleen Kratofil