Doctors say James Bond was "an impotent drunk"
The character James Bond—created by author Ian Fleming—consumed more than four times the recommended amount of alcohol every day, according to a new study.
In the study, published in the British Medical Journal, doctors read all 14 of Fleming’s Bond novels and kept track of Bond’s daily alcohol consumption. The doctors found that Bond consumed 92 units of alcohol a week—the equivalent of one and a half bottles of wine per day, or five vodka martinis (shaken, not stirred).
While the study does not have implications for the everyday consumer, researchers said their findings should bring awareness to the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption, which causes approximately 2.5 million deaths globally every year.
Researchers said that consumers should not expect to be able to function properly after consuming such high amounts of alcohol. They noted that despite his excessive alcohol consumption, Bond displayed an ability to perform physically and mentally at the level that would not have been scientifically feasible.