Clifton James, Who Played a Sheriff in 2 Bond Films, Dies at 96


Clifton James, right, and Roger Moore in a scene from “The Man With The Golden Gun” (1974).

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Clifton James, best known for his portrayal of a Southern sheriff in two James Bond films, died on Saturday at the home of one of his daughters in Gladstone, Ore. He was 96.

The cause was complications of diabetes, his daughter Lynn James said.

Though he was born and raised in the Northwest, Mr. James often played a convincing Southerner.

One of his first significant roles as a Southerner was as a cigar-chomping prison floorwalker in the 1967 Paul Newman film “Cool Hand Luke.”

His portrayal of the Louisiana Sheriff J. W. Pepper in the 1973 Bond film “Live and Let Die” in 1973 more than held its own with Roger Moore’s portrayal of Bond.