Someone on my Facebook feed linked to a post, and I thought I’d share it here. I can’t remember who linked to it, so if it was you, I apologize. Anyway, the link shows behind-the-scenes photographs of a movie version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that was made in 1968. Why is that significant? Because starring in it were … Diana Rigg, Judy Dench, and Helen Mirren. Yep. Here’s the link, in case you’re interested. Here are some of the photos (unfortunately, there aren’t too many, but they’re still neat):
Dench played Titania, Rigg played Helena, and Mirren played Hermia. Dench was already 33 and a veteran of British television and movies, while Rigg was 29/30 and had already put The Avengers in her rear view and was about to star as the greatest Bond girl ever in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and Mirren was 22/23 and had only been in one movie and one TV movie. This was a good cast, too – David Warner, Ian Richardson, and Ian Holm were in it, among others. I know people know Rigg was gorgeous in the 1960s and you can tell that Dench and Mirren, who didn’t become extremely famous until a bit later in life (Mirren maybe in the early 1980s with Caligula and Excalibur, but I would argue Prime Suspect in the early 1990s really made her famous; Dench perhaps not until she became M in Goldeneye, although I could be wrong), would be beautiful earlier in life because they still look amazing today (Rigg has aged a bit more severely, but she’s still superb). So this is a fun time capsule, especially when it comes to Dench and Mirren.
Anyway, some fun for a lazy Saturday afternoon. Have a good one!