Is Thames crocodile a James Bond film prop?
February 28, 2013
Is seems the ‘crocodile’ one of our readers thought he saw in the Thames near Caversham Bridge could be straight out of a James Bond film.
Calcot man Michael Law reckons it was an alligator prop from ‘Live and Let Die’ which had floated off Fry’s Island in the Thames.
We reported last week how Richard Smith, from West Reading, was researching reptiles after seeing what he believed to be a crocodile in the river on a hot June day.
Mr Law, of Bath Road, called the Reading Post on Tuesday to say he thought he could solve the mystery.
Peter Wallace, a former owner of Caversham Boat Services on the island, was a boat expert who worked on James Bond and Indiana Jones films.
He said he thought Mr Wallace left the model behind and it must have made a bid for freedom, being washed away by high water.
Mr Law said: “It’s an alligator and it’s a prop from the James Bond film when he [Roger Moore] runs across the backs of them.”
The scene is Bond’s daring escape from a crocodile farm, when both man-eating crocs and alligators have just been pointed out to him.The pretend croc’s owner Peter Wallace, 71, of Western Elms Avenue, used to run a boat services company in Caversham and for many years worked in the film industry as a boat expert.
She also questioned whether the prop could float away, as it was very heavy.
And Tim Deaton, managing director of Thames Rivercruise on Pipers Island, poured cold water – literally – on any idea of a croc or alligator in the Thames at all.
“I can assure you an alligator or a crocodile couldn’t live in the Thames – there used to be, but that’s a long time ago.
“There is absolutely no way, it’s too cold,” he said.
Have you seen the Caversham Croc? Email Linda Fort at email@example.com.