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Clifton James

BirthMay 29 1920
Spokane, Washington

Passed awayApr 15 2017
Gladstone, Oregon

Cause of deathDiabetes

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Clifton James, a character actor who notably played Sheriff Pepper in two James Bond films, died Saturday, Apr. 15, 2017, in Gladstone, Ore., due to complications from diabetes, according to multiple news sources. He was 96.

James played Louisiana Sheriff J.W. Pepper in “Live and Let Die” (1973), opposite Roger Moore’s James Bond. The obnoxious lawman was a humorous foil for the sophisticated spy and proved to be popular with audiences. He returned in the following film, “The Man with the Golden Gun” (1974), with Pepper joining Bond for a chase sequence while vacationing in Thailand.

He also played similar comic lawmen in “Silver Streak” (1976) and “Superman II” (1980), and played a southern penitentiary floor-walker in “Cool Hand Luke” (1967).

James was preceded in death by his wife, Laurie, who died in 2015. He is survived by two sisters, five children, 14 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

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