Actress Helen Mirren has always wanted to be "a bit notorious," and even as she nears the age when most people are settling into retirement (she'll be 65 in a month), the performer is as spunky and daring as ever. How else can you describe her new nude photos to promote her latest film, Love Ranch?

Mirren doffed her top and hopped in a tub for the pictures -- and looks quite striking for a 64-year-old woman. Mirren is not your standard Hollywood actress definition of beauty, but something much more real and tangible -- and it definitely shows in these new photos.

The actress, who's racked up three Oscar nominations in the past decade, is currently playing Grace Botempo -- the madam of a 70's whorehouse in her husband Taylor Hackford's latest project, Love Ranch. Grace is a tough and interesting character -- one struggling with a lousy husband (Joe Pesci), keeping order amongst her gaggle of working girls, fighting cancer, and having a torrid affair with a boxer thirty years younger than her (Sergio Peris-Mencheta). The idea of a steamy love scene between a woman Mirren's age and a man in his thirties may seem unlikely at first glance, but reports indicate that the actress pulls it off effortlessly. She also manages to convince as a tough-talking madam who steps on one of her charge's throat and makes some rather off-color comments throughout the course of the film.

Love Ranch opens in limited release next Wednesday. In the meantime, you can check out the photos of Mirren at New York Magazine -- then share your thoughts in the comments section below.