James Bond's Pussy Galore: Honor Blackman Stories And Biography

By Cyn Felthousen-Post
Left: Honor Blackman in 'Goldfinger,' 1964. Right: Blackman in an undated publicity photo. Sources: RDB/ullstein bild via Getty Images; eBay

"My name is Pussy Galore" -- that's how we meet Honor Blackman in Goldfinger (1964). "I must be dreaming," says James Bond (Sean Connery). The femme fatale, a pilot who leads a team of all-female flying aces known as Pussy Galore's Flying Circus, tells Bond, "You can turn off the charm. I'm immune."

Pussy Galore was not your typical Bond Girl -- in the book by Ian Fleming, she's a lesbian. In the movie, Honor Blackman played her as extremely uninterested, although she does later succumb to 007's charm -- it's a Bond movie from the '60s, after all.

Pussy Galore wasn't the first strong female character Blackman played. She'd risen to pop-culture fame, at least in Britain, as Catherine Gale on The Avengers (1962-64), and she'd also played the Greek goddess Hera in Jason and the Argonauts (1963).