Clifton James, a character actor who notably played Sheriff Pepper in two James Bond films, died Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Gladstone, Oregon, of diabetic complications, 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 supplied a comic foil for the sophisticated spy and proved 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 floorwalker in "Cool Hand Luke" (1967).
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