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This James Bond needs a license to chill.

A British ex-con who shares a name — and little else — with debonair spy 007 has been sentenced to 27 months behind bars after threatening to “shoot cops in the teeth” during a six-hour stand-off, the Sun reported.

Bond, 55, left his Manchester neighbors shaken and stirred after guzzling vodka, not martini, playing music at full blast and banging on his wall after skipping his anti-psychotic meds, according to the outlet.

He was seen throwing up and falling over in his garden before unleashed a rant at his neighbors, who were left “intimidated” and “nervous” by his unhinged behavior, prosecutor Lucy Wright said, the Sun reported.

“You are going to get leathered,” he yelled. “You are all going to get it! I am going to shoot you!”

British ex-con James Bond has been sentenced to 27 months in jail.Greater Manchester Police

When police were called a second time, Bond grabbed an orange BB gun and holed up upstairs, where he launched a verbal attack at them – telling them he would “shoot them in the teeth” as he waved the weapon at them.

After a six-hour stand-off, he finally surrendered.

Bond, who has 18 previous convictions for 28 offenses, told the Minshull Street Crown Court that he was struggling to cope with the loss of his dad to COVID-19 just weeks before the incident.

His lawyer Iain Johnstone said he had not taken his anti-psychotic medication, adding that Bond faced losing his mother, who was hospitalized with the illness the same night.

She has since died.

“He is a gentleman who has managed despite the difficulties he has faced,” Johnstone said.

British ex-con James Bond surrendered after a six-hour stand-off at his home in Manchester.MEN Media

“He immediately gave an indication of a guilty plea and it does appear to be a one-off incident,” he said.

“In reality, (this case) is a 55-year-old man, drunk in his own house, with mental-health problems. That is not the type of situation which represents serious disorder,” Johnstone added.

Judge Sophie McKone said Bond’s actions made for a “very frightening experience” for his neighbor.

“You continued to be aggressive and shouted at people for hours. It went on for hours and only after several hours of negotiation did you give yourself up,” she said. “It led to fear and terror on the streets.”

Bond pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with the intention to cause fear of violence and using threatening words and behavior. He was sentenced to 27 months in the slammer.


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TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — The flavor of the year at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show: Wasabi.

A Pekingese named Wasabi won best in show Sunday night, notching a fifth-ever win for the unmistakable toy breed. A whippet named Bourbon repeated as runner-up.

Waddling through a small-but-mighty turn in the ring, Wasabi nabbed U.S. dogdom’s most prestigious prize after winning the big American Kennel Club National Championship in 2019.

“He has showmanship. He fits the breed standard. He has that little extra something, that sparkle, that sets a dog apart,” said Wasabi’s handler, breeder and co-owner, David Fitzpatrick. Show judge Patricia Trotter said simply: “What’s not to like about this dog? … He stood there as though he was a lion.”

Fitzpatrick, of East Berlin, Pennsylvania, guided the Peke’s grandfather Malachy to the Westminster title in 2012. Still, he said, “I just don’t always think lightning is going to strike twice.”

How will Wasabi celebrate?

“He can have a filet mignon. And I’ll have Champagne,” Fitzpatrick said with a laugh.

The 3-year-old Pekingese, meanwhile, was “pretty nonchalant about the whole thing,” his handler said. Indeed, Wasabi laid down on the dais, occasionally looking up as if to see what the fuss was all about, as Fitzpatrick spoke before a cluster of reporters and cameras.

It was a poignant win that came after one of his co-owners, archaeologist Iris Love, died last year of COVID-19. Besides Fitzpatrick, the dog is also co-owned by Sandra Middlebrooks and Peggy Steinman.

David Fitzpatrick, owner, breeder and handler, holds Wasabi, a Pekingese, after the dog won Best in Show.AP

Wasabi — the name derives from his mother, Sushi — came out on top of a finalist pack that also included Mathew the French bulldog, Connor the old English sheepdog, Jade the German shorthaired pointer, Striker the Samoyed, and a West Highland white terrier named Boy. Altogether, 2,500 champion dogs entered the show.

It underwent big changes this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, moving out of New York City for the first time since the show’s 1877 founding. This year’s show was held outdoors at an estate in suburban Tarrytown, about 25 miles north of where the top ribbon is usually presented at Madison Square Garden, and it happened in June instead of February.

In a sign of the pandemic times, some handlers wore masks — though vaccinated people were allowed to go without — and the show was closed to the public.

“It’s a miracle that they even had this show,” Fitzpatrick said.

Striker went into the show as the top-ranked U.S. dog, with more than 40 best in show wins since January 2020. And Bourbon had also won the AKC National Championship.

The show was bittersweet for Jade’s handler and co-owner, Valerie Nunes-Atkinson. She guided Jade’s father, CJ, to a 2016 Westminster best in show win — and lost him last September, when the 7-year-old died unexpectedly of a fungal infection.

“The good part about it is: He’s left an incredible legacy,” said Nunes-Atkinson, of Temecula, California. She said Jade “had my heart” from birth.

Boy had come a long way to Westminster — all the way from Thailand, where one of his owners was watching from Bangkok, according to handler Rebecca Cross.

“He always makes us laugh,” said Cross, of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

For many dog owners, just making it to Westminster is a thrill — even for baseball’s all-time home run leader, Barry Bonds, who was cheering on a miniature schnauzer he owns with sister Cheryl Dugan.

Wasabi walks with its handler in the Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show.AP

The dog, Rocky, didn’t win his breed, but the slugger said he was proud of Rocky simply for qualifying for the champions-only show.

“We won because we got here. That’s all that matters,” Bonds told Fox Sports. “I’ve been to a lot of playoffs, and I’ve been to the World Series, and I’ve never won. But for 22 years, I kept trying.”

The 56-year-old Bonds holds baseball’s career home run record with 762, though his feat was clouded by allegations of steroid use — he denied knowingly taking them.

While semifinal and final rounds were held in a climate-controlled tent, earlier parts of the competition unfolded on the grass at an estate called Lyndhurst.

Douglas Tighe, who handled a Brittany named Pennie second place in the sporting group, says he just goes with it if his dogs get distracted by birds and other attractions in the great outdoors.

“Let them have fun,” said Tighe, of Hope, New Jersey. “That’s what it’s all about.”

That’s what it’s about to Kole Brown, too. At age 9, he showed a bull terrier named Riley on Sunday alongside his parents, Kurtis Brown and U.S. Air Force Capt. Samantha Brown, and some of the family’s other bull terriers.

“I have a lot of fun with this sport,” said Kole, of San Antonio, Texas. “Every single time I go into the ring, I have a smile on my face.”

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