Firstly, I assume most observers regard Judi Dench as having played two separate characters as M (or the same character with alternative time lines) in her Brosnan and Craig era films. But what these two characters/alternative experiences have in common is a fondness for a drink. M is often seen drinking at work, sometimes seemingly rather early in the day or at inappropriate moments. I think she drinks at work in every movie (apart from her 4 seconds in SP) and I think there is a clear implication in Skyfall that she may have a problem. Mallory, in his first ever meeting with her character, pours her a drink without having one himself. She heads home in SF and the first thing she does is grab for a drink. She writes Bond's obituary in the office with a glass and bottle by her side. In TND she drinks in the car when briefing Bond! In TWINE she drinks during the day (the boat chase restaurant scene suggests it is lunchtime) and she certainly has a few in DAD (maybe just to get her through the movie, to be fair). And in CR and QOS she is seen with drink to hand or nearby (it was her whisky Bond guzzled down in Italy - why on earth did she have that with her there?!). "Good morning. My name is M... and I'm an alcoholic." (Cue supportive group applause). Any thoughts?