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James Bond actress Pamela Salem dead at 80

Pamela Salem, a versatile actress known for her roles in James Bond’s “Never Say Never Again” and various episodes of “Doctor Who,” passed away at the age of 80. Her death was confirmed by Big Finish Productions, the company she collaborated with for audiobooks and podcasts. The news of her passing has left the entertainment industry mourning the loss of a talented performer.

Salem’s career was marked by a diverse range of roles across stage and screen. She showcased her acting prowess in touring productions of plays by renowned playwrights such as Shakespeare, Chekhov, Pinter, and Ayckbourn. Her versatility as an actress allowed her to seamlessly transition between genres, from classic dramas to sci-fi and fantasy.

One of Salem’s most notable film appearances was in the 1983 James Bond film “Never Say Never Again,” where she portrayed the character Miss Moneypenny. Her performance alongside Sean Connery earned her recognition among Bond fans worldwide. Salem also made a lasting impression on the sci-fi community with her roles in British TV shows like “Blake’s 7,” “Into the Labyrinth,” and “The Tripods.”

However, Salem’s contributions to the world of entertainment extended beyond the silver screen. She lent her talents to the iconic British television series “Doctor Who,” appearing in nine episodes throughout her career. Her work on “Doctor Who” not only showcased her acting abilities but also marked the beginning of her relationship with Big Finish Productions.

Director Ken Bentley, who collaborated with Salem on the “Doctor Who” audio series, fondly remembered her as a ray of sunshine in the studio. He praised her infectious enthusiasm and genuine nature, which had a profound impact on everyone she worked with.

Pamela Salem’s passing is a loss for the entertainment industry, but her legacy as a talented actress and beloved personality will continue to live on through her memorable performances and the joy she brought to audiences worldwide.

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