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Actor preferred stage work but role as redneck officer opposite Roger Moore in Live and Let Die led to a reprise in The Man with the Golden Gun.
Clifton James, an actor who was best known for his indelible portrayal of a southern sheriff in two James Bond films but who was most proud of his work on the stage, has died. He was 96.
His daughter, Lynn James, said her father died on Saturday at another daughter’s home in Gladstone, Oregon, due to complications from diabetes.
“He was the most outgoing person, beloved by everybody,” Lynn James said. “I don’t think the man had an enemy. We were incredibly blessed to have had him in our lives.”
James often played a convincing southerner but loved working on the stage in New York during the prime of his career. One of his first significant roles playing a southerner was as a cigar-chomping, prison floor-walker in the 1967 classic Cool Hand Luke.
His long list of roles also includes swaggering, tobacco-spitting Louisiana sheriff JW Pepper in the Bond films. His portrayal of the redneck sheriff in Live and Let Die in 1973 more than held its own with sophisticated English actor Roger Moore’s portrayal of Bond.
Clifton James, actor who played Sheriff JW Pepper in Bond films, dies at 96
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