Sir Roger Moore has paid reverence to the late Clifton James, who starred in Moore’s first two James Bond films as a untimely strikebreaker cop.
Clifton James upheld divided on Saturday Apr 15 after snarl from diabetes; he was 96.
Paying reverence on Twitter, Sir Roger wrote: ‘Terribly pronounced to hear Clifton James has left us. As JW Pepper he gave my first two Bond films a great, fun character.’
James played Louisiana policeman JW Pepper in 1973’s Live And Let Die in one of the film’s many noted scenes that saw him join Bond in a pell-mell vessel follow sequence.
His daughter Lynn said: ‘He was the many effusive person, beloved by everybody.
‘I don’t consider the man had an enemy. We were impossibly sanctified to have had him in the lives.’
Terribly unhappy 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
James’s impression valid so renouned with Bond fans that film bosses asked him to reprise the impression in 1974’s The Man With The Golden Gun, involving another automobile follow this time set in Thailand after Pepper bumps into Bond; in a second waggish scene, Pepper ends up in the water after being pushed in a baby elephant.
Born May 29 1920, James grew up during the heart of the Great Depression and after serviced in the US Army in the South Pacific during World War Two, for which he was awarded two Purple Hearts, a Silver Star and a Bronze star.
As good as his comedic roles in James Bond films, he also starred in Superman II and The Bonfire Of The Vanities, as good as the 80s TV show Dallas.