James Bond actress dies at the age of 80


Pamela Salem, the actress who played Miss Moneypenny in the 1983 James Bond film “Never Say Never Again,” died Wednesday. She was 80.

Big Finish Productions, the audiobook and podcast company Salem worked with, announced her death on Friday Its website.

“Everyone at Big Finish is shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of our friend and colleague Pamela Salem on February 21, 2024 at the age of 80,” the announcement began.

Pamela Salem and Sean Connery in the 1978 film The Great Train Robbery. © United Artists/Courtesy Everett Collection

The statement also included statements by some of Salem's collaborators, including director Ken Bentley, with whom she worked on the “Doctor Who” audio series “Counter-Measures.”

“Every time Pamela walked into the studio, she brought the Florida sunshine with her,” he wrote. “She was great company, always smiling, and had so much enthusiasm for the little things in life that brought us all joy, like walking your dog along the beach. She had many talents but her superpower was her ability to single-handedly restore your faith in human nature.”

Pamela Salem played the title role in the British drama series
Salem played the lead role in the British drama series “The Onedin Line.” Getty Images

Her extensive career included multiple roles in touring plays by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Pinter and Ayckbourn.

She also starred alongside Sean Connery in two films: “The Great Train Robbery” in 1978 and the Bond film “Never Say Never Again” in 1983.

Science fiction and fantasy fans may also know Salem from the British TV shows “Blake's 7”, “Into the Labyrinth” and “The Tripods”.

She also appeared in nine episodes of “Doctor Who” which began her relationship with Big Finish.

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Her television credits include “ER” and “The West Wing.”

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