(London Telegraph) A reported sighting of a crocodile in the River Thames last week sent the public into a tailspin.

However, one local man has helped put the rumors to rest. He claims the alligator is a prop used in the James Bond film Live and Let Die.

Reports last week told how 64-year-old retired university lecturer Richard Smith had seen the monster in the river near his home in Reading, Berkshire while out cycling.

But on Saturday another local man, Michael Law, said it was a dummy man-eater from the scene from the film where 007 Roger Moore has to jump across the backs of alligators.

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