Honor Blackman in the surf

Honor Blackman, the potent British actress who took James Bond’s breath away as Pussy Galore in “Goldfinger” and who starred as the leather-clad, judo-flipping Cathy Gale in “The Avengers,” has died. She was 94.

Blackman was 39 when she landed the role of Bond’s love interest, and she long maintained the term of “Bond girl” didn’t apply to her. Blackman considered Pussy Galore a kind of early feminist, and a different breed from the average Bond woman.

“In so many of the films, the girls just looked at James and fell flat on their backs,” Blackman told the magazine TV Times in 2014. “Yet Pussy Galore was a career woman — a pilot who had her own air force, which was very impressive. She was never a bimbo.”

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