Bond Series: Clifton James, Sheriff Pepper in Bond Films, Dies at 96

Clifton James, the actor who appeared as Sheriff J.W. Pepper in two James Bond films, died Saturday at age 96.

James died just blocks away from his childhood home, surrounded by friends and family.

Clifton was born in 1920, the eldest child of Grace and Harry James, and grew up just outside Portland, Oregon during the heart of the Great Depression.

He fought for five years on the front lines of the South Pacific, earning two Purple Hearts and a Silver Star for his service during World War II.

His acting career spanned nearly six decades, and included theater, film, and television. First appearing on stage in “The Time of Your Life,” he would go on to perform in several Broadway shows, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “All The Way Home.”