Clifton James Dies Aged 96
American actor Clifton James, who played the bumbling Sheriff JW Pepper in two of the James Bond films, has died at the age of 96.
The star acted opposite Sir Roger Moore in 1973’s Live And Let Die, and again the following year in The Man With The Golden Gun following an outpouring of praise from fans of the beloved spy franchise.
His family confirmed the sad news last night, adding that he died at his home in Oregon from complications relating to his diabetes.
James’ daughter Lynn paid tribute to her nonagenarian father, saying: “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.”
Sir Roger also paid tribute to his old co-star, tweeting: “Terribly sad to hear Clifton James has left us. As JW Pepper he gave my first two Bond films a great, fun character.”
In one of his most famous Live And Let Die scenes, Clifton’s hapless Sheriff is trying to apprehend a suspect when James Bond flips his speedboat over the law-enforcer’s car – leaving the baddie in pursuit of Bond to crash his own boat into the Sheriff’s car.
Clifton’s acting career spanned decades after he took up classes following the end of WWII.