By NewsDesk  @bactiman63 

Researchers from the Netherlands and the United Kingdom took a deep dive into the health habits of famed fictional spy, James Bond, in a new paper published in in the journal Travel Medicine and Infectious Diseases.

From his famed encounters with the ladies to his lack of hand hygiene to his travel health habits, Bond failed in most areas.

Here are some excerpts from a couple of categories:

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Sexual health

We found evidence for a total of 59 liaisons (mean of 2.4 per film).

Bond clearly belongs to the 20–34% of international travelers who engage in casual sex and of whom approximately half do not use a condom.  Bond has nearly all known risk factors associated with higher frequency of unprotected sex abroad (male, single, younger age, traveling without partner, alcohol and tobacco use etc.).

Food safety

Food safety also appears to take a backseat to Bond’s appetites. He regularly eats unwashed fruit despite bacteria thriving on fruit skins, and repeatedly risks vibriosis, norovirus and hepatitis infection by eating uncooked oysters.

Airborne diseases, arthropod diseases and the travel health habits of Bond are examined by the researchers.

The authors conclude overall, that Bond was poorly prepared for travel-associated health risks and particularly naïve to the threat of infectious disease.

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