Let’s face it: the literary James Bond drank *a lot* of alcohol. What would happen if you tried to drink that much?
Before you answer, let’s look at the track record:
Golfinger (1959): The novel opens up at the Miami airport, featuring, “James Bond, with two double bourbons inside him.” He’s nursing another, musing about life and death. His flight to New York canceled, 007 decides he’ll live it up. He encounters Junius Du Pont, a rich man he had encounered in the first 007 novel, Casino Royale. They have a drink together (Bond getting another bourbon on the rocks). Later, they go out to dinner. Du Pont orders two martinis, telling the waiter to bring two more in *ten minutes.* They have pink champagne with their meal.
Thunderball (1961): The novel starts with Bond nursing a hangover and reflecting about the night before. “His final whisky and soda in the luxurious flat in Park Lane had been no different than the ten preceding ones…” We’d type the rest of the sentence but we’re getting hungover ourselves just reading.
You Only Live Twice (1964): Bond, at a social event with Tiger Tanaka, the head of the Japanese Secret Service, has had five flasks of sake. “I’ve drunk five flasks of the stuff and its effect is abotu the same as one double martini,” Bond says. “I shall need another double martini if I am to go demonstrating the superiority of the Western instinct over the wiles of the Orient.” Interestingly, 007 says this while on a *diplomatic* mission for Her Majesty’s government. Nice! You ever drank five flasks of sake? The effect is a tad more than a single double martini. Once again, we’re getting a hangover even thinking about it.
Anyway, a clever YouTube user, doing some editing of Daniel Craig’s two 007 films, has managed to provide an idea of what it would be like if you tried to drink like Ian Fleming’s James Bond. YouTube, though, doesn’t permit embedding of the video (at least so you can watch from here), so to view it, JUST CLICK HERE. We’ll leave the embedded image below just to make this post look nice.