RIP Honor Blackman

Honor Blackman, the British actress who played Pussy Galore in the James Bond film Goldfinger, has died at the age of 94.

In a statement, her family said she died peacefully of natural causes at home in Lewes, East Sussex.

Blackman was also known for playing Cathy Gale in the 1960s TV series The Avengers opposite Patrick Macnee.  The pair had a novelty hit with 1964’s Kinky Boots, which reached the Top 10 in 1990.

Her other roles included Hera in Jason and the Argonauts and Laura West in 1990s TV series The Upper Hand.

Comedian and Bond fan David Walliams said Blackman would “live forever” as Pussy Galore.  Director Edgar Wright, meanwhile, remembered her as the “ultimate Bond girl and original Avenger”.

In recent years, Blackman toured the UK with her show Honor Blackman As Herself, which saw her reflect on her long career.