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Bond’s boozy ways may explain shaken martinis

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ENGLAND: James Bond’s love of “shaken not stirred” martinis may have actually been due to drinking too much, researchers have said.

The famous spy often drank more than four times the weekly recommended limit of alcohol — possibly inducing alcohol-related tremor in his hands.

The experts said that although they appreciated the pressures to drink “when working with international terrorists and high-stakes gamblers”, they would advise Bond seek help for how much he drinks.

Patrick Davies, from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, and a colleague read 12 of the Ian Fleming novels over six months. They took detailed notes regarding Bond’s alcohol consumption and worked out he was way over the NHS recommended limit for men (no more than three or four units a day).

They said: “We have shown that James Bond’s alcohol consumption... is, on average, between 65 and 92 units a week.”

The researchers also found many examples where Bond drove over the limit.

“In Goldfinger, for example, he drinks 18 units while having drinks and dinner with Auric Goldfinger before then driving home.

“In Casino Royale, he drinks over 39 units before engaging in a high-speed car chase, losing control, and spending 14 days in hospital.

“Such behaviour is typical of Bond. Despite his alcohol consumption, he is still described as being able to carry out highly complicated tasks and function at an extraordinarily high level. This is likely to be pure fiction.”

NEW ZEALAND: The traditional three-course dinner party appears to be doomed, according to research.

A survey of 2,000 adults showed that two out of three have stopped serving a formal meal when entertaining guests.

More than two-thirds of those questioned by New Zealand wine brand Brancott Estate said sharing plates of food was a more informal and enjoyable way to spend an evening with friends.

ENGLAND: Outgoing Doctor Who star Matt Smith has revealed that his mum begged him to carry on in the show.

The actor, who bows out in the Christmas Day special of the BBC1 sci-fi drama, said she “wasn’t happy” about his decision to quit.

Smith, whose era as the Doctor will end when his character is seen to regenerate, with Peter Capaldi taking over, admitted he was “sad” to be leaving but wanted to move on in his career.

The seasonal special, entitled The Time Of The Doctor, will bring together threads from across his four-year stint and will see many of his foes gathering around the planet of Trenzalore with the Time Lord apparently lured into a trap.

Smith said: “It feels very emotional to be doing my final episode. My mother is mortified, she was at the front of campaigning for me to stay.”

He admitted it was a “bittersweet” moment for him to film the final moments and said it was tough going through the script.

USA: A New York man who went to check on an acquaintance and found him dead at his home is accused of stealing some of the man’s artwork before calling 911.

State police say Hiram Noel Mendez of Cortlandt Manor found Ronald Cutrone dead at his Lake Peekskill home in July. They say the death of Cutrone, an artist and onetime assistant to Andy Warhol, death isn’t suspicious.

A five-month investigation found Mendez left Cutrone’s home and then returned and stole several of Cutrone’s works before calling 911.

Police say only a fraction of the pieces has been recovered.

Mendez was arraigned on burglary, petty larceny and other charges.

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