Honor Blackman passes away at 94&
Honor Blackman, probably the most memorable co-stars of the early James Bond movies, has died on the age of 94, her household stated.
The actress shot to fame in her late 30s after enjoying legendary Bond woman Pussy Galore within the 1964 film Goldfinger, starring alongside Sean Connery. It was solely the third instalment within the storied spy franchise, and acquired vital acclaim and field workplace success.
“It’s with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Honor Blackman aged 94,” the household stated in a press release Monday. “She died peacefully of natural causes at home in Lewes, Sussex, surrounded by her family. As well as being a much adored mother and grandmother, Honor was an actor of hugely prolific creative talent.”
Her household added she possessed “an extraordinary combination of beauty, brains and physical prowess, along with her unique voice and a dedicated work ethic”.
Blackman additionally grew to become well-known in Britain for enjoying the character Cathy Gale within the well-liked 1960s TV spy collection The Avengers alongside Patrick Macnee because the bowler-hatted John Steed. She realized judo for her position because the leather-clad Gale and her martial arts abilities helped land her the enduring position of Pussy Galore.
“Today we mark the passing of a film icon, Honor Blackman who shall forever be remembered as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger,” Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli stated in a press release on Twitter.
“She was an extraordinary talent and a beloved member of the Bond family. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.” Among her different display screen roles, Blackman performed the goddess Hera in 1963 movie Jason and the Argonauts and appeared in Bridget Jones’s Diary.
On tv, she had visitor appearances on Doctor Who, Colombo and Coronation Street.
Her lengthy and profitable profession additionally included theatre roles in productions similar to The Sound Of Music, My Fair Lady and Cabaret.
“RIP, ultimate Bond Girl and original Avenger, Honor Blackman,” movie director Edgar Wright tweeted.
British comic and actor David Walliams was additionally amongst these to pay tribute. “Farewell Honor Blackman,” he stated on Twitter. “She will live forever as Pussy Galore in ‘Goldfinger’.”
Blackman was 5 years older than Connery whom she starred reverse in Goldfinger and is considered the oldest actress ever to play a Bond woman.
“Most of the Bond girls have been bimbos,” the BBC reported her as as soon as saying. “I have never been a bimbo.”