Picture story: Prepare to fall for Honor Blackman all over again

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Goldfinger and Avengers star Honor Blackman wasn’t just completely dishy, she was also a proper biker. Seen here first posing on her own Norton ES2, she volunteered as a dispatch rider during World War II, rushing secretive packages across London while air raid sirens sounded.

She recalled: “I was only just old enough to ride a bike and my mother was terrified, but I thought it was heaven. It was pretty dangerous because we were in the midst of war and had to mask the headlights during the blackout.

“Bombs were falling, but the roar of the motorbike engine used to drown out the sound of the doodlebugs so we never heard them coming. It seemed terribly exciting to me.”

Born in 1925 and you can still buy signed prints like the one above here.


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