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Thursday, December 4, 2008

James Bond's Diet

It may be amusing to follow the vagaries of James Bond's diet from a health perspective. He often drank alcohol and coffee. In From Russia with Love he consumes eggs, which are healthful, and large amounts of coffee, the health effects of which are more dubious. The propensity of Bond to live high on the hog, meaning to live in the lap of luxury, was a lifestyle that Fleming consciously selected for his protagonist. Fleming knew that if Bond enjoyed himself then readers would live vicariously in the same royal manner. This vicarious pleasure is part of the fun of entering the Bond universe. Of course, this indulgence in the senses also included Bond's smorgasbord of pretty ladies, featuring such memorable characters as Honeychile Rider in Doctor No, Tatiana Romanova in From Russian with Love, Pussy Galore in Goldfinger, Tracy (whom Bond marries) in On Her Majestey's Secret Service, and Kissy Suzuki in You Only Live Twice. (Photo: Ursula Andress as Honey in the film version of Doctor No.)

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