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25 January 2022

Inspiration for James Bond's 'M' visits Life

She’s been immortalised by Judi Dench in the 007 films, now the Real ‘M’ will be sharing her experiences at a special event at Life Science Centre, next Tuesday evening, 1 February.  

At the sell-out event, Dame Stella will speak candidly about her life and career at the helm of the UK Security Service, and how she became the role model for the character “M”, played by Dame Judi Dench in the James Bond 007 films.  

Dame Stella was appointed Director General of MI5 in 1992 – the first woman to take the post and the first to be publicly named. As well as talking about her life and career, she will be signing copies of her autobiography, Open Secret, and her most recent thriller, The Moscow Sleepers.  

Linda Conlon, chief executive of Life said: “The planning of this event has had more twists and turns than an Ian Fleming novel. It was originally planned for March 2020 as part of Life’s spy season to coincide with the release of the James Bond 007 film, No Time to Die. Like so many events, it was rescheduled due to the pandemic. We are very much looking forward to finally welcoming Dame Stella. If our previous events are anything to go by, the Life audience will have some challenging and intriguing questions for our guest.”  

Dame Stella said: “I’m very much looking forward to my first visit to Newcastle and to speaking at Life Science Centre. It will be a pleasure to address a live audience again!”   

In January 2021, Life became the first science centre in the world to be used as a COVID-19 large vaccination centre. As a result, the event will be more intimate than originally planned, as Life’s large conference spaces have been repurposed by the NHS for their vital work.  

Dame Stella will be appearing at Life at 6.30pm on Tuesday 1 February. The event is now sold out.

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Image of Dame Stella Rimington: ©Zach Chudley October 2016 

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