Friday, May 29, 2015

The Sheriff and the Chauffeur: James and Jason…Day 149 of Bond 365

Clifton James
Born this day in 1921
JW Pepper in Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun

He may have mastered a southern drawl, but George Clifton James was born in Spokane, Washington and graduated from the University of Oregon as well as the Actors Studio. James served 3 ½ year in the South Pacific theatre of World War II and he is a decorated veteran, which includes the Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, among others.

James may be able to point his repeated portrayals of law enforcement characters as having started with The Phil Silvers Show in which he appeared as a State Trooper and a Sergeant in two separate episodes in 1957. In fact, I counted almost twenty roles, including the two Bond films! He has 100 acting credits to his name and at the age of 93, he is still making periodic appearances.

Neville Jason
Born this day in 1934
Kerim’s Chauffeur in From Russia With Love

English actor Neville Jason made his acting debut as Paolo in the television series Sword of Freedom back in 1957. The same year, he played Publius in “Titus Andronicus” at the Stoll Theatre in London. Most of his appearances over the years has been on the small screen, however he was cast in a handful of feature films including From Russia With Love (1963). More recently, he has lent his voice to video games including Venetica (2009), a beautifully drawn fantasy role-playing game set in the 16th century. 

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