“Not the man to trust to deactivate a nuclear bomb”
A group of physicians in Derby and Nottingham, who apparently have too much time in their hands have taken a project in which they figured out the fictional secret agent, has a drinking problem. James Bond, according to this study, consumed 1,150 units of alcohol in 88 days, as reported by the BBC.
With a notebook at hand they charted every day and every drink.
Excluding the 36 days Bond was in prison, hospital or rehab, the spy downed 1,150 units of alcohol in 88 days.
It works out at 92 units a week – about five vodka martinis a day and four times the recommended maximum intake for men in the UK.
In the novels as in the films, the British spy’s favourite drink is Vodka Martini shaken, not stirred, regardless of Maugham’s celebrated quote: “a martini should always be stirred, not shaken, so that the molecules lie sensuously on top of one another”.
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. Further reading: Were James Bond’s drinks shaken because of alcohol induced tremor?
007, however is not the only film hero or teenage idol that might be in need of an AA appointment and a sponsor. Jack Sparrow for instance has been portrayed as a proper drunken pirate who fancies rum above all spirits and beverages (do not thank me, thank Walt Disney Pictures).
Hugh Jackman is yet another example: He has been seen in the X-Men films enjoying a “cold one” after an escape from elite army forces and sometimes having bourbon shots at the pub. Looks like the Wolverine knows how to have a good time.
We could keep going for quite a while so let’s just mention the teen’s idol Damon Salvatore, a vampire with drinking issues and a brother with bloodholism (alas he’s also a vampire). Teenage girls daydream of Damon Salvatore starkers with a bottle of aged bourbon in his right hand and god knows what in the left. Proper role model eh?
December 17th, 2013.