Honor's first class career on stage and in the movies
She might be 88 but Honor Blackman still oozes style, sophistication and sex appeal. And while many her age have long since settled into retirement, Honor still loves performing.
"Staying power," she says when I ask her how's she managed to keep her career going for so many years. "Maybe other people don't want to keep going for so long but I still enjoy it."
But while she might still love showbiz, there are some things she's happy to forgo.
"I'm doing a TV show tomorrow morning and the car is coming at 6.50am and I am not fond of that," she laughs. "If I do any filming I don't want more than two or three days now because I don't like early mornings so much. You put up with it when you're young, but I'm damned if I will now."
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Honor says she's always been more of a night owl than an early bird, putting her aversion to early starts down to her time in the theatre.
"I started on theatre and then you don't start work until 7.30pm, and then you eat afterwards so you don't go to bed until very late. You get used to it and I still eat late now. People tell me I shouldn't but I'm programmed for it really. It's not good for you, though."
It's a regime that doesn't seem to have done Honor any harm however, and she still has a figure that looks as if it would fit into her famous leather outfit from The Avengers.
"I do Pilates," she says. "It's helping me enormously mobility wise. I have a pretty crooked back after The Avengers – all those stomach throws didn't do me a power of good!"
Although body and stunt doubles are commonplace these days, that was not the case for Honor – something that almost ended her career when it had barely started.
"I was almost killed in one of my first films," she said. "I was dying by being run through with a sabre by a man on horseback. I came down, and then the horse came down on my hair. Of course nobody would allow it now. Health and safety and all that business is fantastic."
While Honor may be best known for her work on screen, as Cathy Gale in The Avengers or Pussy Galore opposite Sean Connery's James Bond in Goldfinger, she is happier on stage.
"I much prefer the theatre because people are there living and breathing," she says. "You can't really see them but it's not difficult to sense what is going on and that contact is so much more exciting than looking at a camera – although they can make you look wonderful. This show is about my life – my childhood, first experiences in the theatre and what it was like to work with Sean and Dean Martin and those kinds of people. People seem to think it's kind of fascinating and I hope that Bath does too."
ROLES OF HONOR
First film appearance a non-speaking part in Fame is the Spur, at Denham Studios, in which she was killed by a cavalryman
Movies including Quartet and So Long at the Fair with Dirk Bogarde. Next came the film of the sinking of the Titanic – A Night to Remember and a Norman Wisdom comedy The Square Peg
Television work appearances in episodes of The Vise for the Danziger Brothers, Douglas Fairbanks Jr Presents, The New Adventures of Charlie Chan, African Patrol, The Invisible Man, The Pursuers, Kraft Mystery Theatre and The Saint, opposite Roger Moore.
Marriage Honor married Bill Sankey in 1946, but divorced eight years later. In 1961 she married actor Maurice Kaufmann.
The Avengers Honor made 43 episodes before returning to movies in the definitive Bond movie, Goldfinger (1964)