The casting confirmations for the upcoming James Bond sequel are starting to roll in. A few weeks ago we learned that Daniel Craig would be reprising his title role as the secret agent, and now we’re hearing that his handler and right hand woman M will be back too! According to Mi6, it looks like Judi Dench will return for another round of Bond action.

While at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards, Dench confirmed to the site that she would be reprising her role in the yet to be titled Bond 23. Here’s what she had to say…

“Of course, I’m looking forward hugely to working with Daniel [Craig] again and with Sam [Mendes] who I’ve only ever worked with in the theatre. So that’ll be all good fun to do! I’m so glad it’s coming back, it’s wonderful.”

This will mark Dench’s seventh appearance as M in a Bond film. She made her debut as the character in 1995, alongside then new-comer Pierce Brosnan in Golden Eye. Production on the new Bond is slated to begin later this year with a release date set for November 9, 2012.

What do you think of Dench returning to the Bond franchise?