Honor Blackman the English actress, widely known for the roles of Cathy Gale in The Avengers, Bond girl Pussy Galore in Goldfinger, Julia Daggett in Shalako and Hera in Jason and the Argonauts has died.
In a statement to the Guardian, her family 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 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.”
Over the course of her seven decade career, Blackman had numerous connects in the Doctor Who universe. She played Professor Lasky in the Doctor Who television story Terror of the Vervoids in 1986.
Terror of the Vervoids was the unbroadcast title given to the season-long story that constituted Season 23 of Doctor Who. While the previous stories of the season delved into past adventures of the Sixth Doctor,episodes 9 to 12 of The Trial of a Time Lord.
She later voiced Queen Anahita in the Big Finish Doctor Who audio story The Children of Seth.
She was also offered, but declined, the role of Vivien Fay in The Stones of Blood (the role went to Susan Engel).
Aside from roles on the big and small screen Blackman appeared in theatrical productions including The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady and Cabaret.
In recent years, she had toured and performed in her show Honor Blackman as herself, in which her family said she looked back over
“her astonishing life, her beginnings, her family, and her rise to stardom with her usual sense of humour and perspective”.