Since I built a bar in my basement, I want to take it a step further and make a drink from each movie the night we watch it. It was my hope that this would lead to a plethora of different cocktails to try since I’ve read that Bond enjoys much more than the typical shaken Martini. Sadly, this isn’t entirely true.
• Many of the movies only show Bond drinking martinis and champagne. While these aren’t bad drinks, it does not allow for the diversity I was looking for.
• Some of the more diverse cocktails Bond drinks in the novels aren't in the movies. If I only use the movies, I'd exclude drinks like the Black Velvet and Scotch & Soda.
• If I include the novels, many unique drinks are in the same novel. If I limit my selection to one per novel to match the movie it goes with, I would miss out on the others.
• Some of the later films are not based on a novel, such as GoldenEye. So if there isn’t a unique drink, I don’t have a fall back. This could result in reusing drinks.
In light of these points, I’ve decided to alter the plan to align with my desire to have a unique drink per film while still retaining a drink list Bond himself enjoys over his career.
Below is the list of the films in chronological order by release date, which is the order we’ll be watching them. Next is the drink I’ve chosen to enjoy whilst watching that film, followed by the reason for that drink choice.
Film: Dr. No
Drink: Dry Vodka Martini
Reasoning: As the first film, this drink order sets the stage for Bond’s film preference for the shaken martini.
Film: From Russia with Love
Drink: Scotch and Soda
Reason: Although never appearing in the films, this is the most consumed drink by Bond in the novels. Despite this drink not appearing in From Russia with Love in either media form, it makes a nice tribute to Sean Connery so I’ve chosen it for this film.
Drink: Mint Julep
Reason: This is the only film Bond has this drink. It also fits the scene it is featured in really well.
Drink: Rum Collins
Reason: This is the only film Bond has this drink.
Film: You Only Live Twice
Reason: This is the only film Bond has this drink. Bond also makes a comment on Sake demonstrating his knowledge of the drink.
Film: On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Reason: Although Bond doesn’t actually drink Brandy in the film, he mentions it in a funny way that warrants the inclusion.
Film: Diamonds are Forever
Drink: Black Velvet
Reason: This is a popular drink in the UK that Bond only has in this novel.
Film: Live and Let Die
Reason: Bond has this ordered for him since this drink is so iconic to the setting.
Film: The Man with the Golden Gun
Drink: Pink Gin
Reason: This novel is the only time Bond orders this.
Film: The Spy Who Loved Me
Drink: Old Fashioned
Reason: There are many novels where Bond orders this, and neither this movie nor novel had a standout drink I wanted to choose, so we’ll use this as an excuse to drink an Old Fashioned.
Reason: Another film and novel without a lot of choices, I chose the Stinger from the Thunderball novel.
Film: For Your Eyes Only
Reason: This is featured in the story “Risico,” one of the shorts in For Your Eyes Only. This is the only time Bond has this drink.
Drink: White Wine
Reason: Seen in the film, and I have a bottle I want an excuse to drink.
Film: A View to a Kill
Reason: Featured in the novel.
Film: The Living Daylights
Drink: Jim Beam
Reason: Jim Beam is shown in the film, and since I’m a fan of Jim Beam this is a nice excuse to drink it.
Film: License to Kill
Drink: Gin & Tonic
Reason: Another cocktail not in the films but is in some of the novels.
Drink: Irish Coffee
Reason: Another drink from the novel Diamonds are Forever. I’ve chosen this as a tribute to Pierce Brosnan, who was Bond while I was growing up.
Film: Tomorrow Never Dies
Reason: It’s in all the movies, so it’s about time we have some eh?
Film: The World is Not Enough
Drink: Gin Martini
Reason: Another cocktail not specified in the films but is in some of the novels.
Film: Die Another Day
Reason: This film is the only time Bond has this drink. And it’s perfect for the setting.
Film: Casino Royale
Reason: This martini was invented by this novel. A must include.
Film: Quantum of Solace
Drink: Vodka Tonic
Reason: A classic from the novels, we'll use it here to avoid doubling up on the Vesper.
Reason: The “product placement” of this kinda made it iconic in an infamous way, so I’m running with it.
Drink: Dirty Vodka Martini
Reason: We’ll end the marathon where we started, with a Martini. This also allows me to experiment with the “dirty” aspect.
Contains 18 cocktails
Dates: 1st Mar 2020 - 30th Mar 2020
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- White Rum
- Irish Whiskey
- Creme De Menthe
- Tonic Water
- Soda Water
- Lime Juice
- Angostura Bitter
- Peychaud's Aromatic Bitters
- Olive Juice
Wine and Champagne (6)
- Sweet Red Vermouth
- Sweet Vermouth
- Lillet Blanc
- Dry Vermouth
- French Vermouth
- Mint Leaves
- Icing Sugar
- Brown Sugar
Beer and Cider (1)