Fans and collaborators are paying tribute to actress Honor Blackman, who has died of natural causes at the age of 94.
Blackman is best known internationally for playing iconic Bond girl Pussy Galore in 1964’s Goldfinger and Cathy Gale in classic ’60s TV series The Avengers, but her highly successful acting career actually stretched out over 70 years.
In 1986, she appeared as Professor Lasky in four episodes of the Doctor Who serial “The Trial of a Time Lord.” Then from 1990 to 1996, she starred opposite Joe McGann – brother of Eighth Doctor Paul McGann – in The Upper Hand, a well received British remake of the hit US sitcom Who’s the Boss?.
She also appeared frequently on the West End stage and remained professionally active well into her eighties with U.K. appearances in Casualty, Coronation Street, and New Tricks. In 2012, at the age of 86, she even played a gun-wielding senior citizen in the zombie comedy movie Cockneys vs Zombies.
She also scored an unexpected hit single in 1990 with “Kinky Boots,” a playful song she had recorded in the ’60s with her The Avengers co-star Patrick Macnee.
Director Edgar Wright hailed her as “the ultimate Bond girl,” while Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli called her “an extraordinary talent.”
A selection of tributes shared on Twitter appear below.
RIP, ultimate Bond Girl and original Avenger, Honor Blackman. pic.twitter.com/D1IXN0KLIw
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) April 6, 2020
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) April 6, 2020
— David Walliams (@davidwalliams) April 6, 2020
“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 pic.twitter.com/pXnidipKLJ
— James Bond (@007) April 6, 2020
RIP Honor Blackman, 94.
A wonderful actress, and my favourite of all the Bond girls when she played Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. She died of natural causes. Her family said she was ‘an extraordinary combination of beauty, brains and physical prowess’.
Yes she was. What a life. pic.twitter.com/odS791EqfX
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 6, 2020
Just heard the very sad news that dear Honor has died.
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
— Joe McGann (@JosephMcGann) April 6, 2020
Blackman was also known for her staunch liberal-minded principles and revealed that in 2002 she turned down a CBE award from Queen Elizabeth II because she had never believed in the monarchy. After news of her death broke, journalist Tony Paley shared a letter Blackman wrote British newspaper The Guardian after it published an apparently unflattering picture of her.
The sad news about Honor Blackman reminded me to search out a wryly scathing letter she once wrote to the Guardian picture desk, which I saved from being put in the rubbish bin during the newspaper’s move to new offices nearly a decade ago. pic.twitter.com/ek18LEAsQv
— Tony Paley (@tpaleyfilm) April 6, 2020
She is survived by her two children, Barnaby and Lottie, and her four grandchildren, Daisy, Oscar, Olive and Toby. R.I.P. Honor Blackman.
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