There are nearly as many Ian Fleming quotes about drinking as there are James Bond dust jackets.
My favourite is a line from Casino Royale which I often quote myself.
To Bond the best drink of the day was the drink he had in his head before the first drink of the day.
And quite where the (very blurred) line between Fleming and Bond really was is anyone's guess. Fleming was a serial womaniser and was rather partial to the bottle. He died in 1964 after a second heart attack aged just fifty-six, though he looked a good ten years older.
That may have had something to do with his diet: Fleming smoked seventy cigarettes a day and drank an entire bottle of gin. When told by his doctor to give up the gin he simply started drinking bourbon instead.