The man who created the iconic metal teeth for James Bond villain ‘Jaws’ has been fined for claiming to be a dental technician. The teeth were designed by the dental technology company owned by Luis Fairman and they were worn by American actor Richard Kiel in the 007 films The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, released in the 1970’s. Mr Fairman was prosecuted by the General Dental Council (GDC) for posing as a dental technician without the necessary registration.
Fairman admitted the charge after it was revealed he labelled himself as a dental technician on a YouTube video that he posted online last November, East Cornwall Magistrates Court heard. All dental professionals – including technicians and hygienists – must be registered with the GDC to practice in the UK. Mr Fairman was fined £500, ordered to pay £500 towards costs, and a £50 victim surcharge for breaching the Dentists Act 1984. According to the dental regulator, Fairman was never registered with the GDC.
Reacting to the prosecution, Fairman said it was based on a ‘technicality’ and a ‘slip of the tongue’, saying ‘From 1978 to 2008 I was a dental technician and I was fully qualified. 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.’
Referring to the video he said that he ‘accidentally’ called himself a dental technician, explaining ‘[it was] because I used to be one and the GDC jumped on me like a tonne of bricks.’