I have never ordered a Vodka Martini – Shaken not stirred – at a Bar. I have always thought that mouthing those lines would make me come off sounding like some kind of Bondian geek boy. I am – you and I know that – but there’s no need for the whole world to know. So what do you do, when you want to live the Bond lifestyle, but not come off as a geek. Well, Keith, my colleague at Teleport City has provided the answer. He has started a series of posts called Bond’s Bar where he looks at some of beverages that have washed across Bond’s palate in the books by Ian Fleming. Here’s a snippet:
So, what does the discerning Bond fan — the one who feels “a martini, shaken not stirred” is just a little too gauche a reference — need to know in order to control the bar like Bond? Why don’t we take a quick journey through the literary Bond’s favorite drink: whiskey.
According to the indispensable website Make Mine a 007 (007.atomicmartinis.com), Bond drinks no fewer than 317 drinks (the cinematic version lags behind at a paltry 114). 101 of those are whiskies or whiskey cocktails, with Bond heavily favoring bourbon over scotch — not an accident that Bond champions the American drink over his closer-to-home companion, really, since Bond also rails against the vileness of tea and expounds at length about why he prefers coffee. But scotch need not worry. Bond’s usual drinking buddy, the American CIA agent Felix Leiter, seems to have two functions in the novels: to slap his forehead and exclaim, “James, you’re right! Why didn’t I think of that?” and to order Haig and Haig scotch whiskey.
To head across to Teleport City and pull up a stool at Bond’s Bar, click here.