Blanche Blackwell

Jamaican heiress

Blanche Blackwell (9 December 1912 – 8 August 2017) was a Jamaican heiress. She was born in Costa Rica. She was the mother of Chris Blackwell (Founder of Island Records) and inspirational muse to Ian Fleming and Noël Coward.[1][2][3][4] She was believed by some to have been the inspiration for some of Fleming’s most memorable female characters; Pussy Galore and Honeychile Rider.[5][2]

Blackwell died in London on 8 August 2017 at the age of 104.[6][5]


  1. Hoare, Philip (1998-05-22). Noel Coward: A Biography. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-34512-3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Schudel, Matt (12 August 2017). "Mistress and muse of James Bond's creator, Ian Fleming, dies at 104". Washington Post. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  3. "Blanche Blackwell, Ian Fleming's mistress – obituary". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  4. Jackie., Ranston, (2000). The Lindo legacy. London: Toucan Books. ISBN 978-1-903435-00-7. OCLC 44534048.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "In Passing". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2017-08-11. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  6. Limited, Jamaica Observer. "Chris Blackwell's mom, Blanche passes at 104". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 2017-08-13.