Monday, May 22, 2006

medical LSD: James Bond 007; Licensed To Trip

James Bond actor Sir Sean Connery was 'turned on' to LSD by the radical psychedelic psychiatrist R.D Laing, to help him "spiritually unblock" after filming 'Gold Finger' in 1964, says his ex wife Diane Cilento.

The James Bond star, whose catch phrase was 'stirred not shaken' and had the opposite of the 'hippy look', apparently had a terrible 'come down' after his 'medical LSD' trip, and was in bed for several days afterwards.

Scotland On Sunday has a longish interview with Cilento who is using the story to flog a book:

"This initial trip opened a Pandora's box," she says. "Suddenly, Sean began to remember challenging childhood scenes". These included traumatic experiences - like being caught shop lifting sweets my his mom and being forced to take them back.

Still Sir Sean Connery's medical use of LSD seemed to have helped him - he went on to make many more James Bond films, and is still the definitive article.

R.D. Laing was a great man of his time and did ground breaking work, especially helping sufferers of schizophrenia. He campaigned against electro shock treatment, started the The Philadelphia Association and wrote several excellent books including the 'Politics of Experience', and 'Knots'.
"What we call 'normal' is a product of repression, denial, splitting, projection, introjection and other forms of destructive action on experience. It is radically estranged from the structure of being. The more one sees this, the more senseless it is to continue with generalized descriptions of supposedly specifically schizoid, schizophrenic, hysterical 'mechanisms.' There are forms of alienation that are relatively strange to statistically 'normal' forms of alienation. The 'normally' alienated person, by reason of the fact that he acts more or less like everyone else, is taken to be sane. Other forms of alienation that are out of step with the prevailing state of alienation are those that are labeled by the 'formal' majority as bad or mad."

-R. D. Laing, The Politics of Experience

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