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James Bond actor Clifton James dies at 96

Written by  Apr 17, 2017
  Actor Clifton James, who appeared as Sheriff JW Pepper in two James Bond films, has died at the age of 96.   He died close to his childhood home in Gladstone, Oregon, on Saturday due to complications from diabetes.   James was best known for appearing alongside Sir Roger Moore in the Bond films Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun during the 1970s.   His daughter Lynn said: "He was the most outgoing person, beloved by everybody."   She added: "I don't think the man had an enemy. We were incredibly blessed to have had him in our lives."   In 1973 James played Louisiana sheriff JW Pepper in Live and Let Die, in which he made a memorable appearance in a chaotic boat chase sequence.   His character proved so popular he was asked to reprise the role in 1974's The Man with the Golden Gun, involving another car chase, in Thailand, and a scene where he gets pushed into water by a baby elephant.   Paying tribute on Twitter, Sir Roger wrote: "Terribly said to hear Clifton James has left us. As JW Pepper he gave my first two Bond films a great, fun character."   James grew up just outside Portland during the heart of the Great Depression, in which his family lost all their money.   He served as a soldier with the US Army in the South Pacific during World War Two, for which he was awarded two Purple Hearts, a Silver Star and a Bronze star.   His acting career spanned five decades and included stints on stage, TV and film.   Other credits include appearing in the TV series Dallas and films Superman II and The Bonfire of the Vanities.   His last film credit was a 2006 comedy, Raising Flagg but he had also been cast to star in an upcoming independent film called Old Soldiers, according to IMDB.   Source: BBC
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