Booze News: Bond Can't Hold His Liquor

>> 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).

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stennie October 24, 2008 at 2:05 PM  

My Dad is a gin martini man. He also favors a lemon twist rather than olives, because olives displace too much liquid in the glass, whereas the twist just floats on top, leaving more room for alcohol.

garv October 24, 2008 at 5:32 PM  

God bless the old man. It sounds like he knows how to live. Although, I prefer jalapeno-stuffed olives myself.

stennie October 24, 2008 at 6:12 PM  

My Dad is also a Bombay or Tanqueray man.

Anonymous October 28, 2008 at 2:47 PM  

insane movie, especially quotes by joker are amazing!

Bond December 1, 2008 at 5:01 AM  

The new James Bond film "Quantum of Solace" enjoyed a record opening weekend in Britain, earning 15.4 million pounds at the box office, Hollywood studio Sony Pictures Entertainment said on Monday.

In Quantum of Solace, the 22nd official Bond film and Daniel Craig's second outing as the suave secret agent, 007 crosses South America and Europe on an action-packed, stunt-filled mission to discover why the woman he loved betrayed him.
Despite mixed reviews, industry experts predicted Quantum of Solace would outperform Casino Royale, itself a big success earning $594 million in global ticket sales.

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