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Honor Blackman and assailant (from Honor Blackman’s Book of Self Defence”)

We’ve all seen it happen. A young girl is sunbathing on the beach, and without meaning to, she catches the eye of some musclebound jackass with a narcissistic streak, and he starts to harass her. At first it’s just annoying, he won’t take the hint that she’s not interested, and stealthily starts to invade her personal space. She’s having none of it, but the cold shoulder treatment doesn’t work and he’s becoming a little threatening.

What this girl needs is a little help from someone who knows what it’s like to try and fend off a pest, and has come up with a few strategies. Someone like Honor Blackman, who arguably failed to fight off the biggest sexual predator in the movies – James Bond – but clearly knows a thing or two about handling herself when things get physical.

Why else would she release this book, in 1965?

Well it’s clearly to teach an army of girls how best to repel unwanted advances, which can only be a good thing. Inside you can find photographic demonstrations that illustrate how to deal with a variety of situations, such as:

• Man with crushing handshake
• Man touching woman’s knee
• Man holding woman still, while another man approaches
• Man holding woman by the neck

The website Retronaut scanned the best of the images in for a recent blog post, so you don’t even have to trawl the second hand book sites to try and find it.

And while it’s sad that any of this should still need to be relevant, after nearly 50 years, the good news is that male and female physiognomy is unchanged, so it all still works. Have at it, ladies!

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Filed Under: Honor Blackman, James Bond
By Fraser McAlpine