License to booze : UK doctors say James Bond imbibes 92 drinks a week
Special 3D screenings of The Day of the Doctor played at 440 UK cinemas, taking 1.8 million. Box office figures show it was beaten only by Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire and space drama Gravity. The programme was shown simultaneously in 75 countries and on more than 1,500 cinema screens worldwide. In the US events sold out in 11 different cities. UK screenings broke the European record for alternative content, according to the Financial Times . David Hancock, of research company IHS Screen Digest, told the newspaper: “That’s the sort of number that’s going to get people’s attention, including other TV production companies.” Cameos The US broadcast of The Day of the Doctor was watched by an average of 2.4 million, a record for BBC America. Despite having a Saturday afternoon slot in the US, the show achieved BBC America’s best ratings, with a peak time repeat upping the total to 3.6m. Starring Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt as different generations of the Doctor, the episode also featured cameos from former Doctor Tom Baker and future star Peter Capaldi. Jenna Coleman plays Clara, The Doctor’s latest assistant The UK television broadcast of the episode, on BBC One, was seen by 10.2m, Doctor Who’s highest overnight ratings since 2010. The show has been airing on BBC America since 2008. According to Variety , it previously drew its largest audience with the seventh season premiere in September 2012. That episode was watched by 1.55m viewers, which rose to 2.47m later that week when on-demand viewings were included in the figures. BBC America used the hype surrounding Saturday’s Doctor Who anniversary episode as a platform to launch new BBC drama Atlantis on the channel.
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After reading all 14 original James Bond novels and taking meticulous notes on every alcoholic beverage imbibed, doctors at Nottingham University Hospital found that Bond polishes off 92 drinks a week — which would affect his ability to perform in all aspects of life. To put it in perspective, thats the equivalent of five vodka martinis or one and a half bottles of wine every day. The studys doctors say his alcoholic intake puts him in the highest risk group for malignancies, depression, hypertension and cirrhosis (an abnormal liver condition). He is also at high risk of suffering from sexual dysfunction, which would considerably affect his womanizing, they wrote in the study published in the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal. After charting 007s drinks throughout Ian Flemings entire series — excluding the 36 days Bond spent in prison, hospital, or rehab — researchers found that the spy downed an average of 92 units of alcohol a week. (A unit is defined as about 10 ml, or 0.3 ounces, of pure alcohol.) Thats more than four times the safe amount of recommended alcohol by the British government. The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, for example, advises Canadians to limit their alcohol intake to two drinks a day for women, and three drinks a day for men. One drink is about 1.4 ounces (43 ml) of distilled alcohol, 5 ounces (148 ml) of wine, or one pint of beer. Bonds biggest daily drinking binge was in From Russia with Love, when he downed almost 50 drinks. And the doctors suspect alcohol may have been a factor in Bonds Casino Royale car crash, after he knocked back 39 units of alcohol before engaging in a high-speed car chase. Bond had only 12.5 alcohol-free days during the course of the fictional series, according to the analysis.