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Shaken rather than stirred

We are informed today that the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal contains an analysis of the drinking habits of Ian Fleming’s licenced-to-kill hero James Bond.

Apparently, the tongue-in-cheek study of all fourteen books in the canon demonstrates that Bond regularly drank more than four times the recommended weekly intake of an adult male, thus placing himself at risk of contracting cirrhosis, alcoholic liver disease, alcohol-induced tremor, impotence and early death.

Strewth – and that’s assuming that the occupational hazards such as bullets, bombs and stiletto heels didn’t get him first.


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A former arts editor of The Independent, over the years Francesca has written for an innumerable list of UK arts and dance magazines. More Posts