Clifton James!

Character actor Clifton James bumbled his way through his last Southern-fried case last week, at the age of 96! The WWII veteran and Oregon native James was often cast as stereotypical Deep South sheriffs and lawyers, most memorably as J.W. Pepper in the James Bond films Live and Let Die and The Man With the Golden Gun, but also in such varied films and TV shows as Superman II, Silver Streak, Cool Hand Luke, Eight Men Out, The Untouchables, Lone Star, The Dukes of Hazzard, and The A-Team. Also, in a story that may only interest me, James was included in the plans for the increasingly infamous film adaptation of Old Soldiers, from which no fewer than five of the cast members died before it got in front of the cameras – Doris Roberts, Hugh O’Brian, Mickey Rooney, James Best, and now Clifton. Time to shut that baby down for good, folks!

And Kevin snags his second death of the year, the 14 points on James jumping him to the top of the Delver! Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Tuesday!

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