HE IS one of the most famous villains in screen history, and is known for terrorising James Bond, but if it were not for a Denham man, Jaws would not have been quite so terrifying.
Dental technician Peter Thomas was responsible for taking moulds of the teeth of actor Richard Kiel, and then constructing the sharp acrylic teeth, which were used to bite through metal in the 1977 blockbuster the Spy Who Loved Me, starring Roger Moore as Bond.
Mr Thomas, now 83, of St Francis Road, Denham, said: “I had done quite a lot of work with Pinewood Studios and had also made moulds for the Carry On films.
“I made some for Harry Corbett, who was in Carry on Screaming, and who turned into a monster in that film, and because I had experience in that field, I was contacted about doing it for a new Bond film.
“I was quite excited to do it, because the Bond films are so big.
“Richard Kiel came out to my house in Denham to have moulds made of his teeth, and he was a lovely guy and very chatty. Nothing like he is in the film.
“He was a huge man, more than 7ft, but we made the moulds and then later I started making the teeth themselves.”
The teeth were designed to look sharp and as if they were made of steel, and following the film’s release, Jaws has gone on to become one of the most iconic villains in the whole of the James Bond series.
He proved so popular with audiences that he made a second appearance in the series in the 1979 film Moonraker.
Mr Thomas’ wife Margaret, 81, said: “We always watch the film if it comes on the television now.
“It is funny to watch it and think of Peter making the teeth for the film. It’s a long time ago now, but it’s nice that the film was so popular and that the character became so famous.”