EastEnders and James Bond legend Pamela Salem dies aged 80 as fans left heartbroken

James Bond star Pamela Salem has died aged 80. The actress played Miss Moneypenny alongside Sean Connery in the 007 film Never Say Never Again and starred with him again The First Great Train Robbery.

Over her long career, she also had roles in many other shows including EastEnders, Doctors Who, ER and The West Wing. Following the news of her death, tributes have flooded in on social media.

Production firm Big Finish said: “We are utterly heartbroken to confirm the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Pamela Salem.” David Richardson, who produced all of her work at the company, said Pamela “was lovely” and loved by all.

As part of a lengthy tribute, he added: “She was a very gentle person – always interested in everyone, from her co-stars to the production team to the guest actors and visitors. She talked with joy about her home on Miami Beach, waking up to warmth and waves, and she knew all about our lives and families and life stories.”

Karen Gledhill, who starred alongside Pamela in the drama Counter-Measures, added: “Pamela was the kindest, most generous actor I have ever worked with. Back in the 80s on Remembrance of the Daleks (my first proper TV job), she took me under her wing and led me through a wonderful but slightly daunting experience.

“We became friends, and whenever we met were always so pleased to see each other.

“Counter-Measures was a total bonus – nearly eight years of regular contact with this unique woman, whose talent and professionalism shone like the star she was – what a privilege to have worked with her.”

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