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Honor Blackman, Pussy Galore in Goldfinger, dies aged 94

06-Apr-2020 • Actor News

English actress Honor Blackman, who played the iconic role of Pussy Galore in the equally-iconic 1964 James Bond film 'Goldfinger' has died at the age of 94.

Blackman was the oldest actress to ever take on the leading lady role in a Bond film, having been 5 years older than Sean Connery. 

She left her role in the hit TV series 'The Avengers' to star in the third Bond film. 

"It’s with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Honor Blackman aged 94.," her family said in a statement in newspapers. "She died peacefully of natural causes at her home in Lewes, Sussex, surrounded by her family. She was much loved and will be greatly missed by her two children Barnaby and Lottie, and grandchildren Daisy, Oscar, Olive and Toby."

"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, 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."

When the news broke, tributes to the star came from across the entertainment industry.

"Today we mark the passing of a film icon, Honor Blackman who shall forever be remembered as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. She was an extraordinary talent and a beloved member of the Bond family. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.” Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a tweet on the official 007 account.

Joe McGann, her co-star in The Upper Hand, tweeted: “What a woman she was – fiercely bright, superbly funny and a wonderful actress on screen and onstage. I loved every day of working with her and I loved and respected her with all my heart. RIP.”


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