It’s been a long time coming, but this October James Bond will finally return in No Time to Die. The 25th film in the series marks the final time Daniel Craig will don the tuxedo – the end of an era that began in 2006 with Casino Royale. To toast the Bond who brought new life to the franchise we’re casting a golden eye (sorry) over 007’s favourite drinks.
Ian Fleming acquired his love of gin Martinis at Duke’s bar on London’s St James place. Legend has it that it was also there that he began ordering his afternoon sharpener ‘shaken not stirred’. Bond famously inherited Fleming’s affectation, though by the time he arrived on the big screen he’d switched his spirit of choice to vodka. It was a fashionable choice at the time and a bold order for a cold warrior. Try shaking one of our top Martini vodkas with a splash of dry vermouth and get working on your Sean Connery impression.
In early appearances Bond prefers bright, Chardonnay-forward Taittinger and at one point expresses a particular fondness for the 1945 vintage. A bottle of the same in good condition would be difficult to come by these days but we’ve got plenty of alternatives in stock, all of which share the house’s signature elegance. The Roger Moore years saw a change in 007’s Champagne tastes, starting when he orders a glass of Bollinger in Live and Let Die. It’s a slightly richer style, with notes of brioche and red fruit that Bond likes so much he never looks back. You can find the full range on the site, along with our top ten Champagnes.
In addition to cocktails and Champagne, our hero is no stranger to a fine single malt. In Skyfall, the mysterious supervillain Raul Silva famously serves him a shot of Macallan distilled in 1962. In doing so he reveals that he’s been following our hero closely, perhaps for years, and also suggests that Bond’s Mi6 expense budget is basically limitless. You can browse our range of Macallan using the link below – there are some great vintages from the 1960s in stock but we’ve got something for everyone, no matter the size of your expense account.
One of 007s special abilities is always knowing what drink to order at the right time. On his first canonical trip to the bar in the 1953 novel Casino Royale, he decides it’s too early for spirits and opts instead for an Americano. It’s an excellent choice of aperitif and the perfect thing to sip while you wait for your Mi6 handler come through. To make your own, pour 25ml of Campari, and 25ml Cocchi Vermouth di Torino in a highball glass with ice and top with soda water. An orange wedge for garnish is usual but Bond specifies a large strip of lemon peel. Who are we to argue?
Bond invents his signature cocktail, apparently on the fly, while preparing to play high stakes Baccarat with the dastardly Le Chiffre. It’s a solid drink, comprising gin, vodka and slightly bitter Kina Lillet. Our hero quips that he needs to think of a good title for the pernickety Martini riff before deciding to name it after the beautiful and ill-fated Vesper Lynd. The exact recipe is difficult to replicate as its constituent ingredients are either discontinued or greatly changed since the 1950s. We recommend using Cocchi Americano in place of the long-lost Kina Lillet and stirring rather than shaking. Check out our video on how to make the perfect Vesper for the full recipe.
While big screen outings depict him as a habitual Martini drinker, Fleming’s Bond was at least partial to whisky as gin or vodka. If you add up his combined bar tab over the original nine short stories and 12 novels he actually shows a marked preference for Scotch and soda. It’s the drink of choice for 007 CIA agent Felix Leiter in Live and Let Die and also pops up in Thunderball, Moonraker and many other adventures besides. Sort of makes you wonder why it doesn’t feature more in the films – especially as, depending on who’s portraying him, Bond is supposed to be at least half Scottish. Whisky served long with ice and soda was a popular serve in the mid-20th century and has enjoyed quite the renaissance in recent years. You can see our picks of the best highball whiskies below.