Most men, (maybe even some ladies) have at one time or another have dreamed of being James Bond, 007 of Her Majesty's Secret Service. The danger, the fast cars, the beautiful ladies, the exotic locations and the ever present cocktail.
Shaken, not stirred. It was voted one of the top 100 movie quotes of all time.
From the time those immortal lines were first uttered by Sean Connery, the martini has been the drink of choice for this amazing franchise. Now, a study says that James Bond drank far too much, would be impotent, (Nooooooooo!!! So much for all those Bond girls), and in danger of an early death.
Yes, people study such things, and a study by Graham Johnson, Indra Neil Guha and Patrick Davies and published in the British Medical Journal says that based on Ian Fleming's original books, Bond consumed 92 units of alcohol per week - over four times the recommended amount.
This group read all of Fleming's novels and concluded "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."
Finally, they said (seriously, they wrote this!) the famous catchphrase "shaken, not stirred" could have come about because of alcohol induced tremor affecting his hands.
Hey guys, he was telling the bartender to shake it. OK?
Last I checked, Bond, in his 6th incarnation of Daniel Craig, seemed to be holding up just fine.
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