He may have been James Bond on the silver screen, but he knows he's not invincible in real life.
Actor Roger Moore, who starred as the British secret agent in seven films, has revealed he has to stop drinking 007's favorite drink, the martini—shaken, not stirred—as a result of his diabetes.
Moore, 86, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes last year after a scary ordeal at his home in Monaco. The former pretend spy said he had collapsed from blood loss, causing his wife Kristina to call the ambulance. When he was carted off to the hospital, his hemoglobin level was down to five—normal levels hover between 14 and 15.
In the days leading up to the incident, he had lost weight, been passing out and feeling dreadful. In published interviews, it was unclear what connection if any the blood loss had with his diabetes diagnosis around the same time. After Moore was diagnosed with diabetes, he said he feels great but has to be given blood every morning.
The British screen veteran has now adapted his lifestyle to cope with Type 2 diabetes. Off the screen, Moore used to enjoy a dry martini before a night out.
"I am now slightly addicted to Coke Zero mixed with non-alcoholic beer. I look like a man drinking that," he joked to People.
Bond's drink of choice, which appeared in the 1953 novel "Casino Royale," is a vesper martini, made from a measure of gin, three of vodka and half of Kina Lillet, an aperitif wine. The phrase "shaken, not stirred" first debuted in the novel "Diamonds Are Forever," which was published three years later and made into a movie in 1971.
"I'm coping with diabetes, but I am a chocolate lover and you can find some without sugar for diabetics," Moore told the Mirror.
Moore's Bond stint lasted over a 12-year period in the 1970s and '80s. He said he has now cut out sugar but has to look after his feet, a standard precaution for diabetic foot care.
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