Monday, December 30, 2019

Honor Blackman, Goldfinger's Top Henchwoman

Honor Blackman as James Bond's Dream in "Goldfinger"

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Honor Blackman.
Honor Blackman played the main henchman, or should we say henchwoman, in Goldfinger (1964), the third James Bond spy film. Honor had been on "The Avengers" for a couple of years, but ditched that for the chance to play a Bond girl, just as Diana Rigg later would do the same thing. "The Avengers" was kind of the minor leagues in those days, preparation for "the show" in a James Bond film. By giving her such an outlandish name, the film's producers sterilized all protests by critics by showing, with a wink and a nod, that they were in on the joke.

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"You have nothing that I want."
Sean Connery awakens and sees Honor Blackman standing before him. "My name is Poooosy Galore," is her greeting. His response? Connery, in perhaps the best acting moment of his career, ponders his eternally classic line, shaking his head ruefully:
I must be dreaming.
He later will wish that he were.

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Honor Blackman in "Goldfinger," flying the plane.
Galore (or "Poosy," as Bond and everyone else pronounces her first name), of course, works for crime boss Goldfinger. As well as being an expert airplane and helicopter pilot, she runs her own air show team, Galore’s Flying Circus, instrumental in Goldfinger’s plan to break into Fort Knox.

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'Don't worry, I'll take good care of you."
Ultimately, there is a showdown, and Galore is in the thick of it. By giving a completely un-ironic performance and playing it straight throughout, Honor cemented the Bond girl role as something to be cherished by Hollywood actresses wishing to raise their profile.

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Honor Blackman in her role of Cathy Gale with John Steed (Patrick Macnee) in "The Avengers."
Honor has an early-'60s air of sophistication that few later Bond girls ever approached. She is no-nonsense and tough but open to the right sort of persuasion. This is just the type of girl that suits James Bond best, and one of the things that turned "Goldfinger" into a classic.

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Honor Blackman's Galore is at the top of my list of best Bond girls. She manages to be adversarial, competent and in charge of her own destiny while remaining a woman that Bond desires. No other Bond girl has pulled it off in quite the same fashion.

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Wouldn't you, too, like to wake up to this?
As of the date of this writing (2017), Honor remains a working actress. She most recently appeared in television series "You, Me & Them" in 2015. Since appearing in "Goldfinger," Honor has appeared in many, many other high profile projects such as "Bridget Jones's Diary" and "Coronation Street."

Here are some quick scenes from the film:


And here is the later barn fight that turns into the classic seduction of an ice maiden:


Below are a few more stills from the film showing Honor Blackman's acting talent to its best advantage.

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Honor Blackman as Galore enjoying a drink with Goldfinger.
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Honor Blackman on her plane.

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Honor and her all-girl pilots.


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With all these fascinating promo shots that bear no relation to anything in the finished product, one wonders what wound up on the cutting room floor.
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How about a roll, roll, roll in zee hay?

2019

Friday, November 23, 2018

James Bond Coloring Pages: Cars

James Bond Has Cars For Every Occasion

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James Bond. Cars. Together.

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There is nothing to compare with James Bond getting behind the wheel of his latest motorcar.

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James Bond would be nothing without his fancy rides. Here, we have coloring pages of James Bond and cars.

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From flying cars to invisible cars, James Bond has them all.

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Sean Connery began the trend with his classic Aston Martin.

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The Aston Martin sportscar that became symbolic of James Bond is so popular that it has remained in use almost 60 years after the series began.

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Of course, cars are not James Bond's only means of transportation.

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There are occasional motorcycles, planes, helicopters, and jet fighters.

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But nothing quite hits the mark for James Bond like a shot-up car.

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And he never seems to get hit himself! It's a miracle!

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One of the ways that they introduced Daniel Craig as the new James Bond was to have him pose with, you guessed it, the classic Sean Connery Ason Martin.

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As soon as you saw the Aston Martin, you knew it wasn't Daniel Craig - it was James Bond.

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James Bond has had some life-altering events in cars.

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His newlywed bride, for instance, was a victim next to James Bond in his car.

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But there were many wonderful events in cars (and sleighs, in this instance) for James Bond.

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What's more romantic than a sleigh ride in the snow with the one that you love.

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James Bond drove off from his wedding in a car.

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Of course, they did not live happily ever after, but that's the life of James Bond for you.

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James Bond favors fast sportscars.

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They may not be particularly agile in snow but they sure look great!

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James Bond has very modern cars, too.

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They usually don't last as long as the Aston Martin, though.

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A good muscle car is perfect for James Bond.

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Once it's time to go... you go!

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James Bond also has made escapes in cars.

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He usually gets away because, well, he's James Bond.

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Usually, it is the bad guys who don't get away.

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You don't want to be dangling off a cliff when James Bond doesn't like you.

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A car doesn't even have to be all there to be useful to James Bond.

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Even half a car is usually good enough for James Bond.

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Of course, James Bond's ride isn't always fancy.

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A good yellow taxi will do in a pinch for James Bond.

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Of course, cars have many uses other than for driving.

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For instance, the ladies seem to like them.

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But usually, James Bond is in a precarious situation when he gets behind the wheel.

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Well, it's precarious for the bad guys, at least.

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It's funny how the bad guys always seem to chase James Bond in old cars that somehow keep up with his sportscars.

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But James Bond always triumphs in the end.

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The classic Aston Martin wasn't always James Bond's ride.

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It didn't come along until "Goldfinger," the third film in the series.

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The hood of James Bond's cars often comes in handy.

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And nosey.

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In Japan, James Bond made a classic escape in a fancy sportscar.

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I bet James Bond wishes he still had that car in perfect condition today!

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But no car equals the allure of the fancy Aston Martin.

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It's perfect for chasing the bad guys, or just going out to the golf course.

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Nobody knows cars like James Bond.

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James Bond has to be a gearhead to keep a 1964 Aston Martin running for 60 years!

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James Bond has used more modern Aston Martins.

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However, the more recent Aston Martins just don't have the same zing.

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Nothing fits a dapper James Bond like a solid ride in the city.

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Timothy Dalton had his best moments in cars.

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In fact, almost every James Bond has had his best moments in cars.

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Usually, there is a woman sitting beside him when that happens.

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James Bond and cars, they go together like shaken, not stirred!

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