Crocodile spotted in Thames turns out to be James Bond prop
Panic was alleviated after suspicious sightings of a crocodile in the Thames. Reports first emerged that a retired university professor had seen a croc in the Thames, near his home of Reading, Berkshire. The poor professor promptly returned home and attempted to research the conditions under which crocs could live and breed to see if they matched the environment of the Thames.
"When I had my sighting of it last summer, I was cycling on my own and I saw what I thought was a bough of a tree with four stubby branches on it close in to the river bank.
"As I got closer I saw it was a crocodile. It was about 4ft long. It had a 2ft tail and 2ft body. I got off my bike and ran back to where it was, but it had gone. I ran along the river for about 50 yards, but it wasn't there any more."
Eventually, Michael Law came forward to admit that, whilst the sighting was not a figment of the professor's imagination, the suspicious creature he had seen was nothing more than a prop from the Bond adventure, "Live And Let Die".
Law explained that boat expert Peter Wallace, who had worked on several 007 adventures, kept a collection of retired movie props on an inconspicuous island in the Thames. It was said that the prop must have been washed into the water after flooding in the region.
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