Monica Bellucci: I thought I was replacing Judi Dench in new 007 film

London: Monica Bellucci, who has been cast alongside Daniel Craig in the latest Bond movie 'Spectre', initially believed she was auditioning to replace Judi Dench.

Monica Bellucci
Monica Bellucci. Pic/Santa Banta 

Bellucci, 50, said she had been summoned to meet director Sam Mendes to discuss a role in the upcoming film, reported Daily Telegraph.

"I just blurted out: I'm not a girl, I'm a woman, I'm a mature woman. Do I have to replace Judi Dench? 'Why do you call me? I'm 50 years old. What am I going to do in James Bond?'," she said.

"He said, 'For the first time in history, James Bond is going to have a story with a mature woman. The concept is revolutionary'," she added.

Bellucci added she had told Mendes he would be a "hero among women" for taking a stand for older actresses, after deciding her wanted a woman of a similar age to Bond to play alongside him.

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