The Food and Drinks of James Bond Slideshow

Dr. No (1962): "Shaken, Not Stirred"

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Ah yes, it's in the first James Bond movie that the famous drink order was first uttered. In the film, the Dr. No villain hands Bond (played by the man to define the role, Sean Connery), the vodka martini in its classic form: shaken, not stirred. What made this drink order so unique is that martinis were commonly made with gin; Bond's martini began to change how martinis were made and ordered across the country. (Bond also makes it known that he prefers Polish and Russian vodkas to any other, understandably.)

Goldfinger (1964): Château Mouton Rothschild

Who would have known James Bond was a wino, too? In the movie, James Bond (played by Sean Connery) takes in a Chäteau Mouton Rothschild 1947 vintage. Of course, Bond has excellent taste.

Goldfinger (1964): The Mint Julep

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Ever the gentleman, Bond comments on his visit to his Auric Goldfinger's Kentucky horse ranch, "I believe that the bourbon and branch water is rather splendid here." He drinks the practically official drink of Kentucky, the Mint Julep, with Goldfinger, and even knows a thing or two about bourbon. He asks for "sour mash, but not too sweet, please," referring to how the bourbon is made. For an English chap, he sure understands his American spirits.

Goldfinger (1964): Dom Perignon, '53

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Bond has exquisite taste in champagne, but don't ever serve it wrong. Bond says to Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton) about the champagne, "My dear girl, there are some things that just aren't done. Such as drinking Dom Perignon '53 above a temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That's as bad as listening to The Beatles without earmuffs." A bit of a champagne snob, are we?

From Russia with Love (1963): Taittinger Blanc de Blancs '43

Youd never know it from his martini order, but Bond is also an avid champagne drinker. In the original books, Bond is a fan of Taittinger champagne, notes blogger Fandangogroovers; the brand appears in the earlier movies as well. In From Russia with Love, Bond uses the bottle to seduce his love interest, Sylvia Trench, while on a picnic (as the bottle cools in a river!). However, later in the movie his lover drinks a glass spiked with poison, thus ruining the Taittinger name in the Bond movies forever.

You Only Live Twice (1967): Sake

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Bond proves once again to be a man of the world, this time by stating the correct serving temperature for sake. While sitting with Tiger Tanaka, Tanaka asks if he would prefer a vodka martini to sake. Bond replies, "I like sake, especially when it is served at the correct temperature, 98.4 degrees Fahrenheit, like this is." Tanaka, impressed, says, "For a European you are exceptionally cultivated." We'll tip our hats to that observation.

Live and Let Die (1973): Bollinger Champagne

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Bollinger champagne first appeared in the Diamonds Are Forever book, when Tiffany Case sends over a bottle (on the Queen Elizabeth, naturally). But Bollinger began its large presence in the Bond movies in Live and Let Die. He has since indulged in Bollinger in many other films, including Moonraker, License to Kill, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day, and Quantum of Solace.  And yes, Bollinger will be the champagne of choice in Skyfall; check out the special-edition collector’s bottle of Bollinger in Bond's honor. 

For Your Eyes Only (1981): Mulled Wine, or "Gluhwein"

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In this film, Bond really goes out on a limb to drink "gluhwein,"or the Swedish equivalent of mulled wine, with Ari Kristatos. They meet at an outdoor ice-skating rink with Luigi Ferrara, so it seems appropriate to have a warm drink. BBC has an easy recipe for gluhwein, which is both Bond-approved and weather-approved.

A View to Kill (1985): Stolichnaya Vodka

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In the pre-title sequence of the film, James Bond (played by Roger Moore) relaxes with some Stoli neat after recovering a microchip from 003’s body, says the website James Bond Lifestyle. But Bond’s drink choice wasn’t exactly his choice: Stolichnaya Vodka was one of the many product placements in the film, which also included Lafite Rothschild wine and Bollinger champagne. Bond certainly has his standard favorites.

A License to Kill (1989): Budweiser with Lime

Contrary to what Bond aficionados might say, James Bond was in fact a beer drinker long before the Heineken deal took place. In the James Bond series of books, the Bond character is fond of Löwenbräu, Miller High Life, and Red Stripe, but his beer orders are due to some cleverly placed product placements. Thanks to a Budweiser placement deal, Bond (played by Timothy Dalton) orders a Budweiser with lime (you know, the old-school way to drink a Bud) while at the bar with a girl. (However, he never actually drinks it, as he’s summoned to go kick some bad guy-butt).

GoldenEye (1995): Jack Daniel’s

Whiskey makes its first appearance in the Bond films when James Bond (played by Pierce Brosnan) drinks with "M" in her office. Of course, there’s one problem: "M" incorrectly calls it bourbon, even though Jack Daniel's is a Tennessee whiskey.

GoldenEye (1995): Heineken

Despite the ruffle over the Heineken product placement deal in Skyfall, the beer actually first appeared in a James Bond film back when Pierce Brosnan was the reigning Bond. Now, the Heineken/ James Bond partnership is going strong after 15 years; the beer brand has appeared in the films Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, and Quantum of Solace.

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997): Smirnoff Vodka

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In yet another product placement deal, Bond (played by Pierce Brosnan) drinks a bottle while in his hotel room in Hamburg. But only Bond could make this trick seem cool: While in Moscow, the Telegraph reports, he learned to drop a pinch of black pepper in his vodka to get rid of the impurities in the vodka.

Die Another Day (2002): Mojito

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Yes, no one quite understands this particular drink order — but it happened. Pierce Brosnan ordered a mojito, and the whole world as we knew it collapsed.

Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008): The Vesper

In Casino Royale, Bond (played by Daniel Craig) orders the Vesper exactly how the character orders it in the 1953 book by the same title: "Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it over ice, and add a thin slice of lemon peel." The gin-vodka hybrid martini stands apart from Bond’s typical martini order because of the Lillet, a French aperitif (that’s notoriously hard to find). It’s similar to vermouth, says The Kitchn, which may explain why it’s perfect in a martini. And the explanation behind the name? When his love interest, Vesper, asks if he named the drink after her, he says he did "because once you have tasted it, you won't drink anything else." Oh Bond, you’re so smooth. He drinks it once again on the plane in Quantum of Solace

Skyfall (2012): Heineken (Again)

While no one’s quite sure what cocktails Bond will be sipping on in this film, one thing’s for sure: he’ll be sipping on a Heineken or two. The latest deal between the James Bond films and Heineken is a rumored $45 million, which includes a new ad spot that encourages viewers to "crack the case" and help Bond discover the Heineken. While many die-hard Bond fans aren’t thrilled with the sponsorship, Craig recently defended the deal to all the haters out there. He said that without big-name deals, the movies simply couldn’t be made. And he went onto say, "The great thing is that Bond is a drinker, he always has been. It's part of who he is, rightly or wrongly, you can make your own judgment about it. Having a beer is no bad thing; in the movie it just happens to be Heineken." 

From Russia With Love (novel, 1957): Eggs and coffee

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It’s in this novel that Bond (and similarly, Fleming) reveals his love of breakfast. How does Bond start his day? Two cups of coffee from a Chemex coffeemaker (the guy was drinking pourover coffee long before the hipsters were), a boiled egg, and toast and strawberry jam. Bond’s jam of choice was Tiptree’s "Little Scarlet" flavor, still sold in U.K. supermarkets.

From Russia with Love (novel, 1957): Yogurt with Figs

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We told you, Bond is a breakfast guy. In this novel, Bond describes in detail his breakfast: "The yoghourt, in a blue china bowl, was deep yellow and with the consistency of thick cream. The green figs, ready peeled, were bursting with ripeness" But lets not forget the coffee, which actually sounds kind of gross to us. "The Turkish coffee was jet black and with the burned taste that showed it had been freshly ground." Apparently, the man takes his coffee black.

From Russia with Love (novel, 1957): Fried Sardines

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Don’t shrug it off — in the novel, Kerim Bey gives Bond a dish similar to fried sardines, and then Doner kebab, while in Istanbul. What international taste. 

Thunderball (novel, 1961): Spaghetti Bolognese

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Right before Bond seduces one Patricia Fearing, he dines on spaghetti Bolognese ("with plenty of cheap garlic") and a cheap chianti at Lucian’s in Brighton. Smooth, Bond, smooth.

From Russia With Love (novel, 1957): Eggs and coffee

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It’s in this novel that Bond (and similarly, Fleming) reveals his love of breakfast. How does Bond start his day? Two cups of coffee from a Chemex coffeemaker (the guy was drinking pourover coffee long before the hipsters were), a boiled egg, and toast and strawberry jam. Bond’s jam of choice was Tiptree’s "Little Scarlet" flavor, still sold in U.K. supermarkets. 

"Thrilling Cities" (short story, 1963): Scrambled Eggs James Bond

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Everyone may be all over the shaken-not-stirred martini, but we're taking it all the way back to the pre-Bond days with Fleming’s recipes. In this 1963 travelogue, Fleming shared his scrambled egg recipe that all Bond fans can enjoy.

 "For four individualists:

12 fresh eggs, salt and pepper, 5-6oz. of fresh butter

Break the eggs into a bowl. Beat thoroughly with a fork and season well. In a small copper (or heavy-bottomed saucepan) melt 4 oz. of the butter. When melted, pour in the eggs and cook over a very low heat, stirring continuously with a small egg whisk. While the eggs are slightly more moist than you would wish for eating, remove pan from heat, add rest of butter and continue whisking for half a minute, adding the while finely chopped chives or fine herbs. Serve on hot buttered toast in individual copper dishes (for appearance only) with pink champagne (Taittinger) and low music."

Skyfall (2012): The Macallan 50-Year-Old

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Not to give away too many spoilers (The Daily Meal got a sneak peek of the new James Bond film), but let’s just say that Bond really hates to waste a good Scotch. The James Bond Dossier breaks down the other Macallan varieties in Skyfall, including the 10-year Fine Oak and 12-year Sherry Oak. It’s a much more macho drink of choice than Heineken, don’t you think?