James Bond Should Not Be an Inspiration When It Comes to Drinking

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

A new study by public health experts from the University of Otago in New Zealand has found that the fictional character James Bond showed signs of alcoholism throughout the more than 24 movies centered around him over the years. In total, the report, which was published in the Medical Journal of Australia, found that Bond could be seen drinking on 109 separate occasions in the films. Bond films from all the way back to 1962 up until the present were analyzed for the study.

A “Severe” Drinking Problem

Throughout the report of the study, Bond’s drinking issues are described as “chronic” and “severe.” Additionally, Bond is noted to have found himself in rather risky situations shortly after drinking. These high-risk scenarios involve driving vehicles, contact with dangerous animals, and much more.

According to the study, Bond meets more than half of the criteria for alcohol use disorder, which is a type of mental disorder. Perhaps the most amazing example of Bond’s problematic drinking came in the form of the consumption of 50 drinks during a single day in one of the Bond books. That level of consumption in a single day would have the potential to kill just about anyone.

As far as his highest level of consumption in a film, the study found that, in “Quantum of Solace,” Bond drinks at least six Vespers, which is his own creation that includes a mixture of gin, vodka, and wine. According to the researchers, this would raise Bond’s blood alcohol level to a level almost high enough to induce a coma or even cause death.

The report also pointed out an instance in the “Die Another Day” film where a doctor tells Bond that his liver is not looking too good.

Seeking Help

The health experts behind the report also provided some suggestions for how Bond could potentially limit the risks associated with his drinking. Going to alcohol rehab in Pompano, would be a safe option for Bond to choose, and it would also allow the MI6 operative to enjoy the Florida weather.

As a light-hearted solution, the report indicates that Bond should avoid drinking with sexual partners who make decide they want to capture or kill him. The report added that Bond should avoid drinking on the job, especially when he is taking on complex tasks such as fighting on helicopter gunships or deactivating weapons of mass destruction.

Finally, the report also adds that Bond’s employer should take a more active role in the agent’s life and make sure he is able to contribute to the organization over the long term. Specifically, work-funded counselling services are mentioned as an area where MI6 should be able to offer assistance. Additionally, the report adds that Bond could be dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder due to all of the people he has killed in the movies throughout the decades, which may have led to his abuse of alcohol in the first place.

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Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.