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Who was Honor Blackman?

Honor Blackman (22 August 1925 – 5 April 2020) was an English actress, known for the roles of Cathy Gale in The Avengers (1962–1964), Bond girl Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964), Julia Daggett in Shalako (1968), and Hera in Jason and the Argonauts (1963). She is also known for her role as Laura West in the ITV sitcom The Upper Hand (1990–1996).

Goldfinger star Honor Blackman stunned in unearthed snaps from over 70 years ago

Goldfinger star Honor Blackman stunned in unearthed snaps from over 70 years ago
Goldfinger star Honor Blackman stunned in unearthed snaps from over 70 years ago

Bond girl Honor Blackman looked sensational in a number of photographs taken in her early acting years, which date all the way back to 1950. The late Hollywood star played Pussy Galore in the 1964 James Bond film, Goldfinger.

Honor was an English actress, who was best known for appearing in the James Bond franchise, as well as portraying Cathy Gale in the 1960s British series The Avengers.

Her other notable film roles include Julia Daggett in 1968’s Shalako and Hera in 1963’s Jason and the Argonauts.

Many will also recognise Honor from her role as Laura West in the ITV sitcom The Upper Hand, which ran from 1990 to 1996.

Honor Blackman Biography, Wiki

Born in Plaistow, east London, Blackman always called herself a cockney. Her father, Frederick, a civil service statistician, who believed he was passed over for promotion because of his accent, was determined that his four children should have better opportunities.

For Honor’s 15th birthday, he offered her the choice between a bicycle and elocution lessons, and she chose the latter. “My teacher was wonderful,” Blackman recalled. “She introduced me to poetry and plays and convinced my father that I had some talent. So, after attending North Ealing primary school and Ealing County grammar school for girls, I went to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, though only one evening a week.”

At the age of 22, Blackman started to get ingenue parts, palely loitering in mostly J Arthur Rank films. Among her better early roles was that of a middle-class girl hoping that her fiance (Dirk Bogarde) will get his idea of becoming a concert pianist out of his system in the The Alien Corn episode of the anthology film Quartet (1948); and Susie Bates, one of the three title roles in the rather dated A Boy, a Girl and a Bike (1949).

In A Night to Remember (1958), Blackman was one of the first-class passengers on the Titanic, determined not to leave the ship without her husband, and she was Norman Wisdom’s love interest as a secret agent in the second world war farce The Square Peg (1958). Her final pre-Goldfinger film was as the Greek goddess Hera in Jason and the Argonauts (1963), bickering with her husband Zeus on Mount Olympus.

In 1962, as Cathy Gale, who could get the better of any villain in a fight, Blackman joined Patrick Macnee in the second season of the TV series The Avengers, setting the pattern for intelligent, stylish and assertive women who followed her in the show and elsewhere on films and television.

The song that she recorded with Macnee, Kinky Boots, did not make a great impression when released in 1964, but fared better as a piece of 1960s nostalgia when reissued in 1990.

Honor Blackman Biography Wikipedia
Honor Blackman
Born22 August 1925
Plaistow, Essex, England
Died5 April 2020 (aged 94)
Lewes, East Sussex, England
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1947–2015
Spouse(s)Bill Sankey​​(m. 1948; div. 1956)​
Maurice Kaufmann​​(m. 1961; div. 1975)​
Children2

Honor Blackman Career

After completing 2 years at the drama school, Blackman auditioned for a ‘West End’ play titled ‘The Guinea Pig’ as an understudy. However, fate gave her the chance to perform on stage when the lead fell ill. She did two more ‘West End’ plays before venturing into movies.

She was 18 when John Boulting interviewed her for ‘Fame Is the Spur.’ Though her interview was not satisfactory, she did win a small part in the film. She signed a 2-year contract with ‘The Rank Organisation,’ following her debut.

She was seen a number of movies in the late 1940s, namely, ‘Quartet’ (1948), ‘A Boy, A Girl, and A Bike’ (1949), ‘Diamond City’ (1949), and ‘So Long at the Fair’ (1950). Blackman struggled with depression and loss of confidence after her first marriage ended in a divorce. She described this phase of her life as a “private hell.” However, she was always a fighter.

After a gap of almost 8 years, Blackman resurfaced as ‘Mrs. Lucas’ in ‘A Night to Remember’ in 1958 and as ‘Leslie Cartland’ in ‘The Square Peg’ in 1959. In 1959, Blackman earned a role in the first-ever hour-long TV series, ‘Probation Officer.’

She series featured her as ‘Irish Cope.’ She began to appear in more series on TV, such as ‘The Four Just Men,’ ‘Danger Man,’ and ‘The Saint.’In 1962, the ‘ITV’ crime drama series ‘The Avengers’ was losing one of its two leading men. Producer Leonard White and director Sydney Newman were frantically looking for someone to replace Ian Hendry.

In the 1960s, it was unthinkable to cast a woman in an action-based role.The idea of a woman replacing a male lead in ‘The Avengers’ was faced with a lot of opposition. However, White and Newman were determined to cast her. There was a minor disagreement between the two men on whether or not they should cast Blackman. However, the disagreement was short-lived.

Blackman’s character in the series, ‘Mrs. Catherine Gale’ (or ‘Cathy Gale’), was primarily inspired by a Kenyan mother who had survived the slaughter of her family with a gun in one hand and her infant in the other. Certain characteristics of two more women, Margaret Bourke-White, the lead photographer of the magazine ‘Life,’ and anthropologist Margaret Mead, were added to ‘Gale’s character.

Blackman went through a process of gradual development before becoming TV’s first leading lady to kick, shoot, and punch villainous characters. She was also the first female character fashioned in leather pants and boots. The reaction she received after coming on air was as wild as ‘Cathy Gale’ herself.

Blackman’s contract with the show expired on March 21, 1964. However, a few months before the crucial date, Blackman got her big break on the silver screen, as ‘Pussy Galore’ in the ‘James Bond’ movie ‘Goldfinger,’ alongside Sir Sean Connery.

Honor Blackman Husband

Honor Blackman married Bill Sankey in 1948. However, after almost a decade of struggling through their marriage, the couple parted ways in 1956.

She got married again in 1961, to British actor Maurice Kaufmann. The couple adopted two children, Lottie and Barnaby.

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Who was Honor Blackman?

Honor Blackman (22 August 1925 – 5 April 2020) was an English actress, known for the roles of Cathy Gale in The Avengers (1962–1964), Bond girl Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964), Julia Daggett in Shalako (1968), and Hera in Jason and the Argonauts (1963). She is also known for her role as Laura West in the ITV sitcom The Upper Hand (1990–1996).

How did Honor Blackman die?

Blackman died at her home in Lewes, East Sussex, on 5 April 2020, aged 94, from natural causes.

How old was Honor Blackman?

Honor Blackman died at 94.

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