Veteran British actress Dame Judi Dench is preparing to undergo knee replacement surgery after struggling with chronic joint pain, according to a U.K. report.

The 78-year-old Bond star is set to have surgery on both her knees, reports the Mail on Sunday newspaper.

A source tells the publication, "She'll have the first knee done this month, with the second operation scheduled for the new year to build in plenty of recovery time."

Queen star Brian May hit the news recently when he underwent a knee replacement operation, while another veteran rocker, Steven Tyler, is also scheduled to undergo similar surgery later this year (13).