Happy Hour: Bond can’t be monogamous, even to booze
Adam McDowell | Nov 4, 2012 11:00 AM ET
A little kerfuffle ensued earlier this year over the news that James Bond was going to drink a Heineken in Skyfall, the 23rd official Bond flick, which opens on Friday.
Actually, someone who has already seen the film tells me that Bond has a beer, his usual martini, nearly a Macallan Scotch and some sort of drink involving a scorpion. But that’s just Bond being Bond. What’s his poison? Whatever is not actual poison. Contrary to The Daily Mail’s huffy assertion in a Web headline that “James Bond has always drunk vodka martinis ‘shaken, not stirred,’ ” the character has found his quantum of solace in an impressive variety of drinks across the canon. He’s not the sort of fellow to settle down, now, is he?
While I’ve never read any of Ian Fleming’s original books, the boozy blog drink007.com informs us that Bond has locale-appropriate stingers in Diamonds Are Forever, bourbon old fashioneds in Live and Let Die and a mint julep in Goldfinger. Bond jumped right into (and indeed probably helped start) the mojito craze of the early 2000s in the film Die Another Day (2002). And for those who would still resist the idea of a beer-swilling Bond, he has downed several over the years; I understand that the lager in the novel version of Goldfinger is specifically identified as a Heineken.
Then there’s the drink we most associate with Bond. The writer of drink007.com, who goes by the moniker Legendre Thirst, wisely writes: “Making a martini is infinitely easier than learning to appreciate one.”
Appreciating a martini is easier if we ditch 007’s guidance. James Bond drinks awful martinis. He opts for vodka over gin in some of the films, and shakes rather than stirs. To be clear, a good martini is made with gin, never vodka; and stirred, not shaken. Happily, Bond invents cocktails of his own in at least two of the books, both of which are tastier than a ruined martini.