Famous James Bond actor Clinfton James has died due to complications of diabetes. He was in Oregon and 96 years old.
Best known for his character of a southern sheriff in two of the films, he also had an impressive career on stage.
The BBC reported the tragic news:
He died close to his childhood home in Gladstone, Oregon, on Saturday due to complications from diabetes.
James was best known for appearing alongside Sir Roger Moore in the Bond films Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun during the 1970s.
His daughter Lynn said: “He was the most outgoing person, beloved by everybody.”
She added: “I don’t think the man had an enemy. We were incredibly blessed to have had him in our lives.”
In 1973 James played Louisiana sheriff JW Pepper in Live and Let Die, in which he made a memorable appearance in a chaotic boat chase sequence.
His character proved so popular he was asked to reprise the role in 1974’s The Man with the Golden Gun, involving another car chase, in Thailand, and a scene where he gets pushed into water by a baby elephant.
He was also a prison floor-walker in the famous 1967 movie Cool Hand Luke.
Sir Roger Moore shared his condolences to James’ family on Twitter:
Terribly sad to hear Clifton James has left us. As JW Pepper he gave my first two Bond films a great, fun character.
— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) April 15, 2017
Let us pray for James’ family during this difficult time. Rest in peace.