Goldfinger star Honor Blackman dies aged 94

James Bond star Honor Blackman has died at the age of 94, her family has said.

The actress found international stardom as Pussy Galore at the age of 38, alongside Sean Connery, in 1964′s Goldfinger.

A statement said: "It's with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Honor Blackman aged 94.

"She died peacefully of natural causes at home in Lewes, Sussex, surrounded by her family.

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Life at the Top, 1965 film, on location filming around The Economist building in St James, London, SW1, Sunday 25th July 1965. The film is a sequel to 1959 film Room at the Top, picture shows . Honor Blackman as Norah Hauxley. (Photo by Eddie Waters/Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
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Armed with a pilot’s license, knowledge of karate and sharp-shooting skills, Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) proved herself a match for Britain’s best-known spy. The sultry blonde was dressed impeccably for the part too, in a feminine black and gold riff on Bond’s tailored Saville Row suits.

<p>The third of the Connery films is home to one of the iconic images of the franchise: Bond girl Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton) murdered and painted in gold early on in the film. It sends Bond on a mission against bullion dealer Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe), during which he also crosses paths with one of the most iconic Bond girls: Honor Blackman's Pussy Galore.</p>
Honor Blackman and Patrick MacNee from the television programme The Avengers, 18th September 1963. (Photo by Bela Zola/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Actress Honor Blackman bowling. July 1975. (Photo by Staff/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Actress Honor Blackman bowling. July 1975. (Photo by Staff/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Honor Blackman, dressed in a leotard, exercising on a keep-fit machine, circa 1975. (Photo by Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
English actress Honor Blackman in the Dior gown she will wear in the play 'Who Killed Santa Claus', London, UK, 5th February 1970. (Photo by McCarthy/Daily Express/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - circa 1970: (AUSTRALIA OUT) Photo of Honor BLACKMAN (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)
Portrait of actress Honor Blackman holding a picture of actor Sean Connery, following her being cast in the new James Bond film, 8th January 1964. (Photo by Larry Ellis/Express/Getty Images)
Editorial use only Mandatory Credit: Photo by Studiocanal/Shutterstock (2312518gh) Patrick Macnee and Honor Blackman 'The Avengers' - Series 2 - TV Programme. - 1963 Series 2: The Removal Men
Honor Blackman, dressed in a leotard, exercising on a keep-fit machine, circa 1975. (Photo by Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Honor Blackman (actress) with her husband, Maurice Kaufman in November 1973; (Photo by Monitor Picture Library/Photoshot/Getty Images)
English actress Honor Blackman and her husband, actor Maurice Kaufmann (1927 - 1997) with their adopted children Lottie and Barnaby at London Airport, en route to Australia, 1st September 1971. (Photo by R. Brigden/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - circa 1970: (AUSTRALIA OUT) Photo of Honor BLACKMAN (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)
Stanley Baker, who learned the art of eating with chopsticks in Chinese restaurants in Liverpool, shows Honor Blackman how easy it is. The pair are due to start filming the Josef Shaftel production 'Grisby' in Hong Kong soon, 31st March 1969. (Photo by Julian Brown/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Actress Honor Blackman reads telegrams of congratulations in her dressing room at Manchester Palace Theatre, including one from Noel Coward which read 'please extend to the entire company my affectionate good wishes for an enormous success', after the first night of the musical 'Mr and Mrs', 19th November 1968. (Photo by Shepherd/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Honor Blackman (Photo by RDB/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
A Twist Of Sand, lobbycard, from left, Richard Johnson, Honor Blackman, 1968. (Photo by LMPC via Getty Images)
Avengers star Honor Blackman was a glamour-puss who packed a punch
Avengers star Honor Blackman was a glamour-puss who packed a punch
Honor Blackman, best-known for playing Bond girl Pussy Galore and Cathy Gale in The Avengers, has died aged 94, her family said.
File photo dated 29/03/99 of Lord Bath (centre left) with (left to right) Honor Blackman, Vivienne Creegor, Culver, Trude Mostue, Suzanne Dando, Chris Packham, Lord Montagu and Anna Walker during the 50th anniversary celebrations at Longleat House in Wiltshire. Lord Bath of Longleat has died aged 87 after testing positive for coronavirus.
UNSPECIFIED - SEPTEMBER 15: Shirley Eaton, Honor Blackman And Tania Mallet De Goldfinger - James Bond, 1964 (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Honor BLACKMAN est Pussy Galore dans Goldfinger en 1964, au côté de Sean Connery. Un rôle qui lui apportera une renommée mondiale.

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Honor Blackman als "Pussy Galore" (Yahoo Canada)
GOLDFINGER (1964)
The Bond formula was truly perfected in the third film, and naturally the poster recreated the unforgettable image of Goldfinger's victim completely painted in gold. The projection of Connery and Honor Blackman on her skin completes the scene.
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James Bond and The Avengers star Honor Blackman dies, aged 94
Actor Honor Blackman campaigns with the Independent Action Group for Current and Ex Equitable Life Policyholders outside Westminster in 2009.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Alex Jones, Vernon Kay,Honor Blackman and Matt Baker seen on January 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Simon James/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Honor Blackman visits 'The Name's Bond' exhibition at Everyman Canary Wharf raising funds for The Stroke Association on October 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett / Getty Images for Everyman Cinema)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Honor Blackman visits 'The Name's Bond' exhibition at Everyman Canary Wharf raising funds for The Stroke Association on October 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett / Getty Images for Everyman Cinema)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Honor Blackman visits 'The Name's Bond' exhibition at Everyman Canary Wharf raising funds for The Stroke Association on October 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett / Getty Images for Everyman Cinema)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Honor Blackman seen on January 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Simon James/FilmMagic)
LONDON - JUNE 10: (L-R) Designer Dame Vivienne Westwood and actress and former Bond girl Honor Blackman attend a protest against the 42 day terror bill outside the Houses of Parliament on June 10, 2008 in central London, England. Forty two balloons were released in protest of the British proposal to extend the limit of days a terrorist suspect can be detained without being charged from 28 to 42 days. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Honor Blackman outside the House of Parliament in London where she joined protesters to release balloons ahead of the Commons vote on 42-day terror detention without charge. (Photo by Clive Gee - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON - MAY 15: Actress and singer Honor Blackman poses for a photograph whilst recording her single 'The Star Who Fell From Grace' at Angel Studios on May 15, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Rosie Greenway/Getty Images)
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"She was much loved and will be greatly missed by her two adopted children Barnaby and Lottie, and her four 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."

Blackman was also well known for playing Cathy Gale in The Avengers and the vengeful goddess Hera in the Ray Harryhausen and Charles H. Schneer production of Jason And The Argonauts, as well as as Laura West on the TV series The Upper Hand.

Blackman recently looked back over her life and career in her touring show Honor Blackman as herself, which saw her in conversation with her colleague and friend Richard Digby Day.

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