Born on August 22, 1925, in London, actress Honor Blackman was encouraged to select the stage as a career by her father, who gave her acting lessons one year for her birthday. She also trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. At eighteen, she married her first husband, Bill. Following the end of World War II, Blackman was cast in a few plays in London's West End and nabbed a uncredited role in her first film, the drama Fame Is the Spur (1947). After signing with J. Arthur Rank's Rank Organisation in 1948, her career gained momentum with a role in the horror film Daughter of Darkness (1948; with Maxwell Reed). She went on to star in the comedy A Boy, a Girl and a Bike (1949; with Diana Dors) and earned supporting roles in several big-budget films, such as Conspirator (1949; with Robert Taylor and Elizabeth Taylor) and So Long at the Fair (1950; with Jean Simmons and Dirk Bogarde). By the mid 1950s, however, Blackman's first marriage fell apart, and career-wise she found herself stuck in the middle, working steadily but without a breakthrough role. The dawning of the 1960s would soon change all that.

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LEFT: Early 1950s Rank Organisation photo of Honor Blackman. CENTER and RIGHT: Cheesecake shots from the mid 1960s

A role on her first television series Probation Officer, a 1959-1962 ITV series, ended after just a few episodes when Blackman left for another ITV series The Four Just Men. This syndicated series briefly gave her international exposure but folded after 39 episodes. Her career began to look up with a role in A Matter of WHO (1961; with Terry-Thomas and Alex Nicol) and, more importantly, when she replaced Ian Hendry after the first season of ITV's action comedy The Avengers, in 1962. On a personal front, in 1961 Blackman married actor Maurice Kaufmann. The couple adopted two children, daughter Lottie and son Barnaby, in the late 1960s.

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Taking up judo during her tenure on The Avengers, actor and stuntman Joe Robinson was featured in the 1964 publication Honor Blackman's Book of Self-Defence. LEFT: Joe Robinson with Honor Blackman. CENTER and RIGHT: Doug Robinson with Honor Blackman

As the tough secret agent widow Dr. Cathy Gale in The Avengers, Blackman finally found success and became wildly popular with British audiences. She also dabbled in singing, with the February 1964 release of the novelty song Kinky Boots, which she recorded with her The Avengers co-star Patrick Macnee. While merely a curiosity upon its original release, the song went to number 5 on the UK charts in 1990. The song was a reference to leather-clad Cathy Gale's boots which became fashionable in the 1960s. Blackman also released an album in 1965 titled Everything I've Got. After two seasons, she left her role in The Avengers in order to accept the role of Pussy Galore in the 007 film Goldfinger. Often cited as the oldest living Bond girl, Blackman was 37 years old when the film was released in December 1964 and created a sensation with audiences worldwide.

the films of honor blackman

Diamond City (1949)

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Blackman fights with Diana Dors in the Rank adventure Diamond City

The Avengers (1961-1969 ITV TV Series)

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From the long-running TV series The Avengers. Blackman starred alongside Patrick Macnee from 1962 to 1964 as Dr. Cathy Gale

Goldfinger (1964)

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Blackman in her best-known role as Bond girl Pussy Galore in the United Artists thriller Goldfinger

Life at the Top (1965)

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LEFT: With Laurence Harvey in the Columbia drama Life at the Top, a sequel to the 1959 hit film Room at the Top in which Harvey also starred. RIGHT: Blackman portrays television personality Norah Hauxley

Moment to Moment (1965)

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With Jean Seberg in the Universal thriller Moment to Moment

The Secret of My Success (1965)

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From the MGM comedy The Secret of My Success with James Booth

Shalako (1968)

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From the British western Shalako with Brigitte Bardot

A Twist of Sand (1968)

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From the adventure A Twist of Sand, shot in Malta

The Name of the Game (1968-1971 NBC TV Series)

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With Maurice Evans in a 1969 episode of The Name of the Game titled An Agent for the Plaintiff

The Last Grenade (1970)

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As Katherine Whiteley in the war drama The Last Grenade, shot partly in Hong Kong

Something Big (1971)

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As Mary Anna Morgan in the big-budget western Something Big

Columbo (1971-1978 NBC TV Series)

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With Richard Basehart and Peter Falk in a 1972 episode of NBC's series Columbo titled Dagger of the Mind

To the Devil a Daughter (1976)

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With Nastassja Kinski in the Hammer horror flick To the Devil a Daughter

later years

In the early 1970s, Blackman went on a self-imposed hiatus from films and television, returning to the screen in the horror film To the Devil a Daughter (1976; with Richard Widmark and Christopher Lee). Meanwhile, her marriage to Maurice Kaufmann ended in 1975, and Blackman remained single afterward. Her career stayed strong in television, as a guest star on such programs as Dr. Who and Coronation Street and as the star of the popular British television comedy The Upper Hand, which ran from 1990 to 1996. Her final film was Cockneys vs Zombies (2012). Sadly, Honor Blackman passed away from natural causes on April 5, 2020, at age 94. She was survived by her son, Barnaby, daughter Lottie, and four grandchildren.

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Cockneys vs Zombies (2012) with Michelle Ryan
I, Anna (2012) with Charlotte Rampling and Gabriel Byrne
Reuniting the Rubins (2010) with Rhona Mitra and Timothy Spall
Jack Brown and the Curse of the Crown (2006) with Bart Ruspoli
Summer Solstice (2005) with Jacqueline Bisset
Color Me Kubrick (2005) with John Malkovich, Tom Allen, Scott Baker, and Marisa Berenson
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story (2001) with Matthew Modine, Mia Sara, Vanessa Redgrave, Daryl Hannah, Jon Voight, and Richard Attenborough
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) with Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, and Hugh Grant
The Sight (2000) with Andrew McCarthy and Kevin Tighe
To Walk with Lions (1999) with Richard Harris and Geraldine Chaplin
Tale of the Mummy (1998) with Jason Scott Lee, Christopher Lee, Shelley Duvall, and Gerard Butler
Voice of the Heart (1989) with Lindsay Wagner, James Brolin, Victoria Tennant, Leigh Lawson, and Kathryn Leigh Scott
Lace (1984) with Bess Armstrong, Brooke Adams, Phoebe Cates, Angela Lansbury, Herbert Lom, Anthony Quayle, and Leigh Lawson
The Secret Adversary (1983) with George Baker
The Cat and the Canary (1978) with Michael Callan, Edward Fox, Wendy Hiller, Olivia Hussey, and Carol Lynley
Age of Innocence (1977) with David Warner and Lois Maxwell
To the Devil a Daughter (1976) with Christopher Lee, Richard Widmark, Denholm Elliott, and Nastassja Kinski
Fright (1971) with Susan George, Ian Bannen, and John Gregson
Something Big (1971) with Dean Martin, Brian Keith, Ben Johnson, Albert Salmi, Joyce Van Patten, Denver Pyle, Merlin Olsen, Robert Donner, Harry Carey Jr., and Judi Meredith
The Virgin and the Gypsy (1970) with Franco Nero
The Last Grenade (1970) with Stanley Baker, Alex Cord, and Richard Attenborough
Lola (1970) with Charles Bronson, Orson Bean, Trevor Howard, Lionel Jeffries, Robert Morley, and Susan George
The Last Roman (1968) with Laurence Harvey, Orson Welles, Sylva Koscina, Michael Dunn, and Lang Jeffries
A Twist of Sand (1968) with Richard Johnson
Shalako (1968) with Sean Connery, Brigitte Bardot, Stephen Boyd, and Peter van Eyck
Moment to Moment (1965) with Jean Seberg
Life at the Top (1965) with Laurence Harvey, Jean Simmons, Michael Craig, and Robert Morley
The Secret of My Success (1965) with Shirley Jones, Stella Stevens, and Lionel Jeffries
Goldfinger (1964) with Sean Connery, Gert Frobe, Shirley Eaton, Harold Sakata, Bernard Lee, and Lois Maxwell
Jason and the Argonauts (1963) with Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, and Laurence Naismith
Serena (1962) with Patrick Holt
A Matter of WHO (1961) with Terry-Thomas and Alex Nicol
The Square Peg (1959) with Norman Wisdom
A Night to Remember (1958) with Kenneth More and David McCallum
Account Rendered (1957) with Griffith Jones
You Pay Your Money (1957) with Hugh McDermott and Jane Hylton
Suspended Alibi (1957) with Patrick Holt
The Glass Tomb (1955) with John Ireland
Breakaway (1955) with Tom Conway
The Yellow Robe (1954) with Ron Randell
Diplomatic Passport (1954) with Marsha Hunt
The Rainbow Jacket (1954) with Robert Morley
Delavine Affair (1954) with Peter Reynolds
Green Grow the Rushes (1951) with Richard Burton
Joseph Proctor's Money (1951) with Robert Beatty
So Long at the Fair (1950) with Jean Simmons and Dirk Bogarde
Diamond City (1949) with David Farrar and Diana Dors
Conspirator (1949) with Robert Taylor and Elizabeth Taylor
A Boy, a Girl and a Bike (1949) with Patrick Holt, Diana Dors, and Anthony Newley
Quartet (1948) with Ian Fleming, Mai Zetterling, and Dirk Bogarde
Daughter of Darkness (1948) with Maxwell Reed

The Upper Hand, 1990–1996 ITV TV series. Blackman portrayed Laura West
The Avengers, 1961-1969 ITV/ABC TV series. Blackman portrayed Cathy Gale from 1962 to 1964
The Four Just Men, 1959-1960 ITV TV series. Blackman portrayed Nicole
Probation Officer, 1959–1962 ITV TV series. Blackman portrayed Iris Cope from 1959 to 1960

The Royal, episode One of Those Days, originally aired June 22, 2003
The Royal, episode Wishing and Hoping, originally aired June 15, 2003
The Royal, episode Snakes and Ladders, originally aired June 1, 2003
Midsomer Murders, episode A Talent for Life, originally aired January 3, 2003
The American Embassy, episode Agent Provocateur, originally aired January 1, 2002
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible, episode Lesbian Vampire Lovers of Lust, originally aired November 12, 2001
Doctors, episode A Helping Hand, originally aired May 9, 2000
Crossbow, episode The Bet, originally aired October 25, 1987
Doctor Who, episode The Trial of a Time Lord: Part 11, originally aired November 15, 1986
Doctor Who, episode The Trial of a Time Lord: Part 12, originally aired November 22, 1986
Doctor Who, episode The Trial of a Time Lord: Part 10, originally aired November 8, 1986
Doctor Who, episode The Trial of a Time Lord: Part 9, originally aired November 1, 1986
Minder, episode Minder on the Orient Express, originally aired December 25, 1985
In Performance, episode Orpheus in the Underworld, originally aired August 31, 1983
Never the Twain, episode Blood Brothers, originally aired September 28, 1982
Never the Twain, episode As Young as You Feel, originally aired September 14, 1982
Holding the Fort, episode Otherwise Engaged, originally aired August 22, 1982
Never the Twain, episode Father of the Groom, originally aired October 19, 1981
Never the Twain, episode A Night at the Opera, originally aired September 21, 1981
Never the Twain, episode Of Meissen Men, originally aired September 14, 1981
Crown Court, episode Heart to Heart: Part 1, originally aired May 15, 1979
Robin's Nest, episode Love & Marriage, originally aired March 30, 1978
Jubilee, episode Wind of Change, originally aired May 1, 1977
Robin's Nest, episode The Maternal Triangle, originally aired February 1, 1977
Benjamin Franklin, episode The Rebel, originally aired January 9, 1975
Columbo, episode Dagger of the Mind, originally aired November 26, 1972
Boney, episode Boney in Venom House, originally aired August 17, 1972
ITV Saturday Night Theatre, episode Visit from a Stranger, originally aired October 31, 1970
The Name of the Game, episode An Agent for the Plaintiff, originally aired March 20, 1969
ITV Playhouse, episode The Explorer, originally aired October 14, 1968
Armchair Theatre, episode Recount, originally aired April 18, 1968
ABC Stage 67, episode The Wide Open Door, originally aired April 20, 1967
ITV Play of the Week, episode Present Laughter, originally aired February 28, 1967
The Saint, episode The Arrow of God, originally aired November 15, 1962
Top Secret, episode The Men from Yesterday, originally aired October 27, 1961
Top Secret, episode Destination Buenos Aires, originally aired August 11, 1961
Kraft Mystery Theater, episode Account Rendered, originally aired June 21, 1961
Bootsie and Snudge, episode Rally Round the Flag, originally aired June 2, 1961
The Pursuers, episode The Frame, originally aired January 1, 1961
Danger Man, episode Colonel Rodriguez, originally aired December 18, 1960
Suspense, episode Point of Honour, originally aired April 10, 1960
The Third Man, episode The Widow Who Wasn't, originally aired December 17, 1959
The Invisible Man, episode Blind Justice, originally aired August 8, 1959
African Patrol, episode A Witness to Murder, originally aired March 8, 1959
The Vise, episode The Lady Doesn't Scare, originally aired December 21, 1958
African Patrol, episode The Sickness, originally aired December 14, 1958
The New Adventures of Charlie Chan, episode The Patient in Room 21, originally aired September 28, 1957
The Vise, episode Deep in the Heart of Chelsea, originally aired September 27, 1957
Boyd Q.C., episode The Open and Shut Case, originally aired February 11, 1957
Rheingold Theatre, episode The Way Home, originally aired July 9, 1956
The Vise, episode Dead Man's Evidence, originally aired November 4, 1955
The Vise, episode Set a Murderer, originally aired October 8, 1954

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