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LONDON---He may have a licenCe 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 analysed 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 hospitalised,
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 recommend-
ed by the British govern-
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
diseases and an early alco-
hol-related death, the
"The level of function-
ing as displayed in the books is inconsistent with the
physical, mental and indeed sexual functioning expected
from someone drinking this much alcohol," the authors
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 recognised 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. (AP)
Shaken not stirred:
Did 007 have alcoholic tremor?
Bond in five
Ian Lancaster Fleming
(May 28, 1908--August
12, 1964) was an English
author, journalist and
naval intelligence officer,
best known for his
James Bond series of spy
novels, later made into
movies. AP FILE PHOTO
KIEV---Ukrainian authorities yesterday moved to
appease the thousands of demonstrators who have
been barricaded in the centre of the Ukrainian capital
for weeks by opening investigations against four top
officials over the violent police response to a small
anti-government demonstration last month.
But the opposition said the move was a half-measure
that will not get them off the street.
The brutal police raid in the early hours of November
30 galvanised the pro-Western protests sparked by
President Viktor Yanukovych s decision to back away
from signing a key integration treaty with the European
Union, and instead turned toward Russia. Since that
day s violence, protesters have also been demanding
Yanukovych s ouster and early elections.
The deputy head of the national security council,
the head of the Kiev city administration, as well as the
then-head of Kiev police and his deputy, are being
investigated on suspicion of abuse of office in the crack-
down on protesters, Prosecutor-General Viktor Pshonka
said, according to his spokesman, Margarita Velkova.
Prosecutors will seek to place the suspects under house
Shortly after Pshonka s announcement, Yanukovych
suspended two of the senior officials under investigation,
Kiev city head Oleksandr Popov and the deputy head
of the national security council, Volodymyr Syvkovych,
while the investigation continues. The opposition said
the move was only a half-measure, saying more heads
need to roll.
Four top Ukraine officials
investigated in crackdown
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