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Pussy Galore: "My name is Pussy Galore."
James Bond: "I must be dreaming."
―Pussy Galore and James Bond[src]

Pussy Galore is a fictional pilot and love interest of James Bond who appeared in EON Productions' 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger, portrayed by British actress Honor Blackman. The character is a cinematic adaptation of the literary character, who first appeared in Ian Fleming's 1958 novel Goldfinger. She subsequently appeared in the video games GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (2004) and 007 Legends (2012) with Blackman's likeness and voiced by Jeannie Elias and Natasha Little respectively.

Film biography

Pussy Galore first appears as the pilot aboard Goldfinger's private jet. James Bond, unconscious after being shot with a tranquilizer gun, wakes up to see Pussy standing over him. Pussy informs him that he is not dead, and that he was merely shot with a tranquilizer gun. She threatens to use it again, suggesting that he instead relax, have a cocktail, and enjoy the flight. When the plane lands, Pussy escorts Bond to Goldfinger's stud farm, and locks him into a cell. Bond manages to escape, and overhears Goldfinger discussing Operation Grandslam. Pussy catches him and pulls his legs out from under him, putting him back in his cell.

Later on, as Goldfinger is having some mint juleps with Pussy, he notices two men with binoculars spying on the farm. He realizes that they must be friends of Bond, and decides to invite Bond for a drink, so that everything will appear friendly, as if Bond were out of danger. He tells Pussy to bring Bond out of his cell and entertain him. After a brief drink, Pussy takes Bond into a barn to keep up the pretence. Bond however, tries to seduce her, and Pussy uses Judo to trip Bond. The two engage in an entertaining Judo back and forth, and eventually Bond gets the upper hand, and the two kiss.

Pussy tells Bond that he can turn the charm off, because she is immune, implying that she is a lesbian. However, after the events at the barn, Pussy turns against Goldfinger, and sabotages Operation Grandslam. Instead of knocking out the soldiers at Fort Knox with a deadly nerve gas, she calls the CIA, and arranges for the soldiers to fake being gassed, so that Goldfinger can be baited and captured. Pussy is later seen at the end of the film has the pilote when 007 boards a plane to meet with the President at the White House. Sadly, Goldfinger once more shows his face, after taking over the plane. After sending him through the window after the cabin is depressurised, Bond and Pussy escape using a parachute. While Pussy tries to wave to the helicopter looking for them, Bond has other ideas.

Alternative continuities

GoldenEye: Rogue Agent

Pussy Galore (GoldenEye - Rogue Agent) 1

Promotional image of Pussy Galore in GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (2004).

Pussy Galore later appeared in the 2004 spin-off Bond game, GoldenEye: Rogue Agent. Set in an alternate timeline, with its focus on the underworld of a futuristic 007 universe, Galore continues to be employed by Auric Goldfinger as his personal pilot. She participates in the underworld feud between Dr. Julius No and Goldfinger, assisting Goldfinger's golden-eyed enforcer by flying him into and out of various locations in her customised fuchsia pink helicopter. She is first introduced in the Swiss alps and airlifts GoldenEye to safety after the destruction of Auric Enterprises, taking him to their organisation's volcanic hub of global operations, known as "The Lair". There, she introduces him to the man who restored his sight; the organisation's scientific pipeline, Francisco Scaramanga.

She is subsequently sent to assist GoldenEye in Hong Kong during his mission to assassinate Dr. No. However, they are betrayed by his Triad contact Wu Li Yong and are attacked by Dr. No's forces. After surviving the double-cross, GoldenEye crosses the rooftops of Hong Kong and after several failed attempts to extract him, Galore narrowly succeeds in rescuing the enforcer using the aircraft's rope ladder. Shortly afterwards Dr. No launches an attack on Goldfinger's Midas casino in Las Vegas, hoping to procure the OMEN super-weapon locked away in its subterranean vault. Galore flies him from The Lair to the casino and later airlifts Oddjob and GoldenEye to safety after they activate the OMEN inside the vault - disintegrating Dr. No's forces. From there, she takes the pair to Dr. No's staging area at the Hoover Dam and provides a situation report to the enforcer.

Later after Goldfinger's death, she picks up Goldeneye and while the helicopter was on auto-pilot, they started making out, which was witnessed by Blofeld and Scaramanga.

007 Legends

Galore also appears in 007 Legends, where the game depicts her in a role similar to the film, Goldfinger. Again, she is Goldfinger's personal pilot, but she ends up assisting Bond's entrance into Goldfinger's study and helps foil Goldfinger's Operation Grand Slam, the same operation described in the film, but was annoyed when Mr. Ling ignores her.

In addition, Pussy Galore has appeared as a playable multiplayer character in the 2002 game Nightfire.

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Trivia

  • Pussy Galore's name is parodied in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery as Alotta Fagina (Alotta Cleavage in the edited TV version). Her name is once again parodied in Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, as the titular villainess Kitty Galore, which was also considered as Pussy's name for the film.
  • The character, along with many other characters from previous 007 films, was featured in the opening sequence of 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
  • Honor was thirty-nine years old when she played the role of Pussy making her the oldest Bond gIrl in the film series' history

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