EastEnders and James Bond star Pamela Salem DEAD at 80

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James Bond star Pamela Salem has died aged 80.  The actress is remembered for playing Miss Moneypenny in Never Say Never Again opposite Sean Connery in

James Bond star Pamela Salem has died aged 80. 

The actress is remembered for playing Miss Moneypenny in Never Say Never Again opposite Sean Connery in 1983.

She also appeared in EastEnders as Joanne in 1988 and made appearances on shows including General Hospital and ER.  

Tributes to Her

Production firm Big Finish said: ‘We are utterly heartbroken to confirm the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Pamela Salem.’

Her Biography

Pamela was born in Mumbai (then Bombay), India and later studied at Heidelberg University in Germany before attending the Central School of Speech and Drama. 

Her TV career began in the early 1970s with guest appearances on shows like Out Of The Unknown and Jason King.

Pamela’s big screen break came in 1978 when she appeared in heist comedy The First Great Train Robbery, her first time working alongside Sean Connery. 

She followed this up by appearing alongside Joan Collins in the 1979 film The B**ch, based on the novel of the same name by Joan’s sister Jackie. 

Four years later she made one of her most memorable screen appearances as Miss Moneypenny in Never Say Never Again which made $160million at the box office. 

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How Sean Connery Helped Her

Pamela previously told how Sean himself landed her the part after he learned she was one of several actresses being considered.

He is said to have fondly recalled working with her on The First Great Train Robbery and recommended her to 007 producers. 

Speaking to Double-O-Seven Magazine, she said: ‘I had worked with Sean Connery before in The First Great Train Robbery and when he saw that I was one of the many people up for the part he personally suggested me to the right people, which was very nice.’

The character had previously been played by Lois Maxwell but Pamela felt confident she could make the role her own.

She said: ‘It is just a case of interpreting it your own way and playing it as truthfully as you can, which was not difficult you know, to sort of admire Bond from afar, because I think he (Sean) is a wonderful man.’