Bond producers pay tribute to ‘film icon’ Honor Blackman

James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have paid tribute to late Goldfinger star Honor Blackman.The British actress, famed for portraying Bond girl Pussy Galore in the 1964 movie opposite Sean Connery as 007, passed away from natur…

James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have paid tribute to late Goldfinger star Honor Blackman.

The British actress, famed for portraying Bond girl Pussy Galore in the 1964 movie opposite Sean Connery as 007, passed away from natural causes at the age of 94 on Monday.

Accordingly, franchise producers Broccoli and Wilson were quick to offer up their condolences over the sad news.

In a statement posted on the official James Bond Twitter page, they wrote: “Today we mark the passing of a film icon, Honor Blackman who shall forever be remembered as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. She was an extraordinary talent and a beloved member of the Bond family. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.”

Meanwhile, her friend, Swedish actress Britt Ekland, who featured in 1974 Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun, paid homage to Blackman on her social media pages too.

“As Pussy Galore, you were one of the first Bond Girls and as Mary Goodnight, I am proud to have followed in your footsteps, we did some fun things together over the years! Rip Honor Blackman,” she commented.

Other tributes came from Star Trek icon William Shatner, British comedian David Walliams, and director Edgar Wright, who branded Blackman the “ultimate Bond Girl”.

In addition, her The Upper Hand co-star Joe Mugg shared a photo of the cast of the 1990s sitcom online and added his memories of working alongside the screen legend.

“Just heard the very sad news that dear Honor has died,” he posted. “What a woman she was – fiercely bright, superbly funny and a wonderful actress on screen and onstage. I loved every day of working with her and I loved and respected her with all my heart RIP.”

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Daniel Craig fakes driving scenes in Bond movies

Daniel Craig has admitted he fakes his driving scenes in the James Bond movies.The 51-year-old, who is set to play the British spy for the final time in the upcoming 007 movie No Time to Die, has claimed safety standards in Hollywood have changed since…

Daniel Craig has admitted he fakes his driving scenes in the James Bond movies.

The 51-year-old, who is set to play the British spy for the final time in the upcoming 007 movie No Time to Die, has claimed safety standards in Hollywood have changed since Steve McQueen’s iconic car chase scene in Bullitt back in 1968, and stunt drivers now do most of the work.

In an interview with Top Gear magazine, Daniel made the surprise confession when he was asked how he has perfected his body language during driving scenes in all five of his Bond films.

“You know we fake it, don’t you?” he stated. “The only person who didn’t fake it was Steve McQueen. We’re not allowed to do that anymore, although I do go driving.”

Daniel revealed he was allowed to drive an Aston Martin DB5, which has appeared in the Bond movies since Goldfinger in 1964, and even managed to perform some tricks in the vehicle.

“I was allowed to donut the DB5 in Matera (Italy), which was great,” the actor gushed, adding that he was grateful for the “brilliant bunch” of experts who taught him how to master his body language behind the wheel of the car.

Elsewhere in the interview, Daniel noted that he was “emotional” when finishing filming No Time to Die, and revealed his plan to tie in his final outing as Bond back to his debut as the MI6 agent in 2006’s Casino Royale.

“I’m just immensely proud of the whole thing, of the five movies. The Bond ecosystem is unique,” he shared. “I always had in the back of my mind a story I wanted to tell, and it kind of happened.

“(No Time to Die) movie is about tying all those ends up, about reconnecting him to Casino, really, and that’s what we’ve managed to do.”

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