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Jaws' Teeth Creator Fined Over 'Slip Of Tongue'
The creator of Jaws' famous metal teeth in the James Bond films has been prosecuted for unlawfully using the title dental technician.
Luis Fairman manufactured the teeth for actor Richard Kiel, who wore them in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker.
He was brought to court after he used the title in a YouTube video.
Appearing at Bodmin Magistrates' Court, Fairman was fined £500 after pleading guilty to unlawfully calling himself a dental technician
He was also ordered to pay £500 costs to the General Dental Council, who brought the case to court, and a £50 victim surcharge.
All dentists and dental technicians must be registered with the GDC to work within the UK.
Fairman said his prosecution was brought on a "technicality", the Western Morning News reported.
The paper quoted him as blaming a "slip of the tongue" for accidentally calling himself a dental technician.
"From 1978 to 2008 I was a dental technician and I was fully qualified," he said.
"The GDC started registering everyone that moved in dentistry in 2008 and I said no thanks, I don't want to be involved in that.
"I decided to stick to what I do, which is what I am legally entitled to do. I call myself a dental mechanic. I repair dentures and make copy dentures.
"I accidentally called myself a dental technician in the video because I used to be one and the GDP jumped on me like a ton of bricks."