Honor Blackman dead at 94 - James Bond's Pussy Galore and Avengers star dies

Bond Girl Honor Blackman has died at the age of 94.

The actress was best known for her role as Pussy Galore, as well as starring in TV series The Avengers.

She died peacefully of natural causes at her home in Sussex.

Her family said in a statement to The Guardian: "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 endeavours she contributed to some of the great films and theatre productions of our times."

Honor was best known for her roles as Cathy Gale in The Avengers and as Bond Girl Pussy Galore in 1964's Goldfinger.

Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement on Twitter: "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."

The star also portrayed the goddess Hera in Jason and the Argonauts and Laura West in 1990s sitcom The Upper Hand.

Honor also starred in many theatrical productions, including The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady and Cabaret.

More recently, Honor had toured her own show, Honor Blackman As Herself, in which she looked back at her life and career.

She also enjoyed a singing career, with her recording of song Kinky Boots with her Avengers co-star Patrick Macnee, which referred to the boots she wore in the show, becoming a surprise hit.

The song resurfaced in 1990 when it charted at No5 after being played repeatedly by BBC Radio 1 presenter Simon Mayo.

She also recorded a full album of songs, Everything I've Got, after her appearance in Goldfinger.

Honor was married twice in her life, first to Bill Sankey from 1948 to 1956.

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