>> Thursday, October 23, 2008
I've often said that James Bond's reputation as a drinker is overrated. He's a cocktail sipper at best, and in an interview with London's Time Out magazine, Daniel Craig has confirmed it. Here's the exchange in which he explains that the martinis put him on the floor:
TIME OUT: Here’s the bar manager at Duke’s Hotel. Martinis: shaken or stirred?
CRAIG: I don’t know who drinks stirred cocktails anymore. I like them ice, ice, ice cold, so you have to shake them up.
TIME OUT: He wants you to know that Duke’s serves the original Vesper martini. Have you tried it?
CRAIG: Do they? Yes, I’ve tried about ten of them. They’re knockout. We did a proper taste test: full measure of gin, full measure of vodka and then another liqueur on top of it. I ended up on the floor.
TIME OUT: Gin or vodka? Twist or olive?
CRAIG: Vodka. With an olive.
I'm sorry, Mr. Bond. In my opinion, it's not a martini unless it's made with gin (preferably Plymouth). Of course, whether or not Daniel Craig is a true boozer, he's a damn fine actor--the best yet to portray Bond (sorry, Mr. Connery). I'll be the first in line for Quantum of Solace on November 14th.
Here's a link to the full Time Out interview: Daniel Craig Interview
Here's a link to my Booze Movie review for Craig's first foray as Bond, the excellent Casino Royale (2006).
Quantum of Solace (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Quantum of Solace [Blu-ray]