Shaken not stirred: Did 007 have alcoholic tremor?

British doctors say spy drank more than four times recommended limit of alcohol per week
Associated Press
Dec 15, 2013

He may have a license to kill, but is he sober enough to shoot?

British doctors who carefully read Ian Fleming's series of James Bond novels say the celebrated spy regularly drank more than four times the recommended limit of alcohol per week. Their research was published in the light-hearted Christmas edition of the medical journal BMJ on Thursday.

Dr. Patrick Davies and colleagues at Nottingham University Hospital analyzed 14 James Bond books and documented every drink Bond had. They also noted days when he was unable to drink, such as when he was hospitalized, in rehab or imprisoned.

The academics found that the spy also known as 007 drank about 92 units of alcohol a week; more than four times the safe amount recommended by the British government.

One unit is about eight grams of pure alcohol. A pint of beer has three units of alcohol, about the same as a large glass of wine.

Bond's drinking habits put him at high risk for numerous alcohol-related diseases and an early alcohol-related death, the authors write.

"The level of functioning as displayed in the books is inconsistent with the physical, mental and indeed sexual functioning expected from someone drinking this much alcohol," the authors conclude.

Davies and colleagues also suspect Bond's trademark order that his martinis be "shaken, not stirred" may have been because he had an alcohol-induced tremor and was simply unable to stir his drinks.

They noted his biggest daily drinking binge was in the book, "From Russia with Love," when he downed nearly 50 units of alcohol. They also suspected alcohol may have been a factor in "Casino Royale," when he knocked back 39 units before getting into a high-speed car chase, lost control and crashed the car.

The authors recognized that Bond's high-stress job may have also driven him over the edge.

"Although we appreciate the societal pressures to consume alcohol when working with international terrorists and high stakes gamblers, we would advise Bond be referred for further assessment of his alcohol intake," they concluded.




Geez - no allowance for variations in tolerance.

The reason for "shaken, not stirred is simple. He ordered vodka martinis instead of gin. A gin martini should be stirred to avoid "bruising" the gin, i.e. aerating it, which ruins the taste effects of the aeromatic botanical elements in gin. I contrast, aeration enhances vodka by making it seem colder.


Re: "Dr. Patrick Davies and colleagues at Nottingham University Hospital analyzed 14 James Bond books and documented every drink Bond had."

Analyzing the fictional drinking habits of a fictional character?

Nothing quite like spending good govt. money to get that 'important' info.


That's right - the article doesn't mention funding for this, but since it's the UK, all physicians are government employees. Very good observation.

Bottom Line

Though I realize the Register didn't write this, this has to be one of the most pointless things I've ever seen. Ever.


What part of light-hearted Christmas edition did you guys miss ? Hope some of you are not this crotchety when you're drunk . Remember everyone loves a "happy drunk " ; ))))


Re: "light-hearted Christmas edition"

Also undoubtedly published with govt. money.

Meanwhile, among developed nations, the UK has the fastest growing income inequality.


@ Contango , I bet your holiday get togethers are a real hoot . Do you have a brain full of spiders and garlic in your soul , Mr. Contangooooo !? Just kidding . I have the answer to life's problems . Just add Scotch . No need to worry about shaking or stirring . And remember , it's only money ; )


Re: "garlic in your soul,"

More like lots of garlic in my stomach.

Last night's home cooked fare:

Grilled chicken with basil dressing

Roasted baby potatoes with herbs

Marinated zucchini and summer squash

Roasted garlic bread

& washed it down with a bottle of pinot grigio.

Why eat out and pay for it, when ours tastes MUCH better?

My favorite Bond movie remains: "Goldfinger". Great characters.