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December 28, 2007|From the Associated Press

A judge has an idea for the next installment in a series of lawsuits between Sean Connery and his Manhattan neighbors: Live and let live.

In court papers, Burton Sultan calls his neighbor Connery, 77, the antithesis of the suave secret agent he played in James Bond films, branding him "a bully who ignores norms of neighborliness and decency" in the town house they share.

Connery and his wife claim the Sultan family's complaints have delayed needed repairs to the roof of their six-story, 1869 town house, imperiling the Connerys and raising the repair costs.

In a decision made public this week, state Supreme Court Justice Marcy Friedman tossed out many of the Sultans' claims but slammed the Connerys for what she called their "blunderbuss" legal salvos.

She barred both sides from filing any more lawsuits without her permission, saying they "have engaged in a 'slash and burn' litigation strategy."

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