‘James Bond’ And ‘Avengers’ Star, Honor Blackman Dies At 94
James Bond and Avengers star, Honor Blackman has passed away at the age of 94.
With a career spanning eight decades, Blackman featured in major roles including ‘Cathy Gale’ in The Avengers and ‘Pussy Galore’ in James Bond movie Goldfinger, as well as guest roles in the likes of Coronation Street, Doctor Who and Casualty.
In a statement to The Guardian, her family confirmed that she died of natural causes unrelated to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Honor Blackman aged 94,” her family said.
“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,” the statement continued.
“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.”
Alongside her on-screen career, Blackman also appeared in theatre productions including My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music and Cabaret, as well as her one-woman show Word of Honor.
Blackman was married to Bill Sankey from 1948 to 1956 and to Maurice Kaufmann from 1961 to 1975. Blackman and Kaufmann adopted two children together, Lottie and Barnaby.