James Bond Impotent?

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An analysis of Ian Fleming’s fourteen James Bond novels shows 007 drank so much he was at risk not just from cirrhosis, liver disease and premature death, but also from impotence, according to a light-hearted study in the British Medical Journal.

The medical experts found that 007 drank more than four times the recommended weekly alcohol limit, with a weekly alcohol consumption was around 92 units.

He had only 12 alcohol free days out of 87 on which he was able to drink. Across the books, he drank a total of 1,150 units.

Safe Alcohol Limits

Australian research has shown men who drink heavily are likely to suffer erection problems. The level of safe drinking recommended by medical authorities is around 14 units (glasses) a week for women and 21 a week for men.

The authors of the report took into account days when Bond was imprisoned by villains hell-bent on world domination, when he would have been unable to drink, or recuperating in hospital.

Stirred Not Shaken

And the master spy was also wrong about his methods for mixing his martinis, the experts conclude.  Famously he always wanted them “shaken, not stirred.”

In fact martinis should be stirred not shaken.

“That Bond would make such an elementary mistake in his preferences seems incongruous with his otherwise impeccable mastery of culinary etiquette,” they said.

“We examined Bond’s alcohol consumption to determine whether he might have been unable to stir his drinks because of the persistent shaking of alcohol-induced  tremor, making it more socially acceptable to ask for his drinks ‘shaken not stirred’.”

Bond’s Diagnosis

The docs diagnosis?  Bond required “immediate referral for further assessment and treatment”.


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