Beloved ‘Bond Girl’ Honor Blackman, Who Starred as Pussy Galore in ‘Goldfinger,’ Passes Away at 94

She will be dearly missed by her millions of fans from all over the globe

Honor Blackman, who is best known for playing Pussy Galore in the classic 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger, has passed away at the age of 94.

Fox News reported that Blackman’s death was confirmed by her family, who said she died peacefully of natural causes at home in the town of Lewes in the United Kingdom. They released the following statement about her death:

“It’s with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Honor Blackman aged 94. 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 endeavors she contributed to some of the great films and theatre productions of our times.”

Aside from her work in the James Bond movie, Blackman was also known for starring as Cathy Gale in the 1960s television show “The Avengers,” which she actually left to take her role in Goldfinger. She was replaced on the show by actress Diana Rigg, who played the character of Emma Peel on the series.

“Everybody was quite startled when I decided to leave, especially since the program was about to go onto film and into color. It was a bombshell, I’m afraid, for everybody, that I was going, but I thought my decision was right and I still think it was right,” Blackman later said of leaving the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“It was two years of a show every fortnight for the entire year,” she added. “I used to stand up for hours and hours after rehearsals for clothes fittings as well as go to the gym for my judo. I also used to do an enormous amount of publicity for the series, as did Patrick. It was very, very tough going but great fun.”

Blackman found her character of Pussy Galore in the James Bond film to be an exhilarating role to play.

“She was a fascinating creature and the least predictable of all James Bond’s conquests,” Blackman once said. “All the others succumbed quickly, but not Pussy. In the [1959 Ian Fleming] book she was a lesbian.”

Blackman’s onscreen career spanned 68 years, with her last appearance being on the show “You, Me & Them” in 2015. She will be dearly missed by her millions of fans from all over the globe, and may she rest in peace.

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