The Dame's obsessed with body bling

By Colleen Kratofil
Updated January 13, 2021 03:40 PM

For many people, being in the presence of royalty is an excuse to break out one’s best diamond chandelier earrings, pendants and tiaras. But for Dame Judi Dench, it means pulling out the old body bling kit again! The 81-year-old actress attended a James Bond-themed royal gala, and paid tribute to the theme with a tattoo both sparkly and spot-on: a Swarovski-crystal “007” temporary tattoo. (And as you’ll see, it’s kind of her thing.)

Credit: Dave Benett/Getty

Dave Benett/Getty

Prince Phillip (a.k.a the Duke of Edinburgh) celebrated the 60th anniversary of his namesake awards, with a James Bond-themed gala dinner, and invited many of the franchise’s stars — including current and former “Bond girls” Naomie Harris, Jane Seymour and Dench. All of the invitees brought their royal best, but it was Dench who really got into the spirit of things.

The Oscar-winning actress donned body art crystals at the top of her back which spelled out the franchise’s iconic “007” symbol, compete with signature gun motif.

Dave Benett/Getty; Inset: John Stillwell/REX/Shutterstock

RELATED VIDEO: Prince Philip Attends James Bond Themed Gala for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Dave Hogan/Getty; Samir Hussein/Getty

Where Bond girls have their signature skimpy bikinis, and James himself has his perfectly-fitted suits, you can always count on M’s real-life alter ego to have her diamanté body art. She’s worn the same design two times before: first to the Quantum of Solace premiere in 2008 and again to the Skyfall red carpet in 2012 — proving that while Diamonds Are Forever, crystal body art is pretty darn enduring too.

Obsessed with her blingy body art?

— Colleen Kratofil