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Actor From Moore-Era Bond Films Dies From Complications At 96

The family of actor Clifton James has shared the sad news that he has passed away at the age of 96 due to complications from diabetes. As USA Today reports, James is best known for his memorable role as Louisiana Sheriff J.W. Pepper in a pair of James Bond films.

The late actor’s daughter, Lynn James, confirms that he died at another daughter’s home in Gladstone, Oregon.

"He was the most outgoing person, beloved by everybody. I don't think the man had an enemy. We were incredibly blessed to have had him in our lives," she said.

James was born in 1920 in Spokane, Washington. He served the nation as a soldier in the US Army during World War II, receiving a Bronze Star, a Silver Star and two Purple Hearts in honor of his service. After his time in the Army came to a close, he took some college classes before being bit by the acting bug. That prompted a move to New York City, and he would go on to a number of parts on the stage and screen.

One of the first major roles came in the 1967 classic ‘Cool Hand Luke,’ in which he played a cigar-chomping, prison floor-walker. He would rise to fame off of the strength of his roles in a pair of Bond films, ‘Live and Let Die’ and ‘The Man with the Golden Gun,’ in which he played the role of a swaggering, tobacco-spitting Louisiana Sheriff.

His first turn in the part was so well-received that the directors carved out a role for him in the next Bond film. Lynn acknowledges that it wasn’t exactly her father’s favorite role, but he was comfortable with the fact that it was the one that he had come to be known for.

"His is the sheriff's, but he said he would have never picked that one," she said.

Source: USA Today
Photo: SBS

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