In this file photo dated March 25, 1964, British actor Sean Connery kisses actress Honor Blackman during a party at Pinewood Film Studios. Picture: AP
In this file photo dated March 25, 1964, British actor Sean Connery kisses actress Honor Blackman during a party at Pinewood Film Studios. Picture: AP

'Pussy Galore' actress dies at the age of 94

By Reuters and Bang Showbiz Time of article published Apr 7, 2020

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London - British actress Honor Blackman, who was best known for playing Bond girl Pussy Galore, has died at the age of 94, her family said on Monday.

Blackman died of natural causes at her home in Sussex, southern England the family said in a statement to the Guardian newspaper.

"As well as being a much-adored mother and grandmother, Honor was an actor of hugely prolific creative talent; with an extraordinary combination of beauty, brains and physical prowess, along with her unique voice and a dedicated work ethic," the statement said.

"She achieved an unparalleled iconic status in the world of film and entertainment and with absolute commitment to her craft and total professionalism in all her endeavours she contributed to some of the great films and theatre productions of our times," it said.


Honor Blackman Picture: Bang Showbiz

Blackman played Pussy Galore in the 1964 James Bond film "Goldfinger," as well as Cathy Gale in "The Avengers," a 1961 spy drama television series. 

The spy adventure show had such a huge audience that Blackman and her co-star Patrick Macnee teamed up to record the song "Kinky Boots", released in February 1964, which referred to the boots she wore as her alter ego Cathy in the programme.

It went on to become a surprise hit in 1990 when it reached Number 5 on the UK singles chart after being played incessantly by BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show presenter Simon Mayo.

Blackman was also a regular fixture on TV screens in the 1990s when she starred in ITV sitcom 'The Upper Hand', a British version of American sitcom 'Who's the Boss?' about a single woman who hires a male housekeeper.

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