Neighbors Battle 'Bond' over Renovations

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Sean Connery has been in an ongoing dispute with his downstairs neighbors over his years-long renovations to the 1869 townhouse they share in New York. The neighbors say the renovations have subjected them to noise, fumes, leaks and rats, ruining their collection of antique wicker furniture. A judge tells both sides to cool it.


From the problematic neighbors' department comes this item. In New York City, Sean Connery has been having a long-running battle with his downstairs neighbor. Mr. Connery and his wife share an old townhouse with Burton Sultan. In court papers, Mr. Sultan complains the one-time 007 ignores the norms of neighborliness and decency. This has to do with the Connerys years-long renovation to their section of the six-story building. The Connerys say Mr. Sultan's complaints have delayed needed roof repairs, thus endangering Mr. and Mrs. Bond.

This week, a judge tossed out many of Mr. Sultan's claims but lambasted Mr. Connery as well for blunderbuss legal salvos. We would have expected the suave secret agent to will something a bit more modern than a blunderbuss.

Copyright © 2007 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from