The Food of James Bond
One regarding the big differences between the James Bond books including the films are that while 007 is hardly seen to eat in the film series – he is well renowned for drinking nevertheless – the books often feature exquisitely described meals that are a highlight of Ian Fleming’s writing. However, Bond isn’t an extinguished and out snob, and while he does enjoy good bite served in fancy restaurants, his favourite meal by far is scrambled eggs on toast alongside bacon. This he can eat morning, noon and night and Fleming went as far as featuring a recipe for scrambled eggs in his short story, 007 in New York. Bond also finds fine dining sometimes rather conceited also Fleming claims that when in England he exists on a diet of grilled sole, oeufs cocotte and cold roast beef with potato salad; Bond himself claims to prefer the ordinary simple food of the country when abroad. Bond’s favourite meal of the epoch is breakfast, which we know because Ian Fleming told us. It was also Fleming’s allow favourite meal spell – his view that we alone yearned for simple, childish foods and breakfast provided exactly that. While Recognizance sometimes does order scrambled eggs for breakfast in the books, his routine while in London is rather simpler; he drinks divide cups of coffee from De Bry in New Oxford Turnpike (sadly it no longer exists) brewed in a glass Chemex coffee maker occasion lesson the Times. He is accordingly served an egg that has been boiled for altogether trilateral connective a third minutes beside May, his elderly Scottish maid, which is served in a dark melancholy incubate cup embellished with a bullion ring round the top. The egg comes from French Marans hens and is supplied by a friend of May. After the egg, he has toast and butter served with Tiptree’s Little Scarlet strawberry jam, Norwegian Heather Dearie from Fortnum and Mason and Cooper’s Vintage Oxford marmalade – all is served on blue Minton china. However, when astray his breakfast can vary. In New York he phones room service is order orange juice, three lightly scrambled eggs alongside bacon, toast and marmalade along with a double espresso with cream, which hardly varies from his home breakfast. But while on assignment in Istanbul he purchases a much different breakfast; yoghurt and green figs with Turkish coffee. Where we do see evidence about James Bond loving the “plain food of the country” when he lunches on ham sandwiches with plenty of mustard (in an English pub) or bread and sausage (while tailing Goldfinger through France), he yet eats very well; one of the most memorable descriptions of a meal occurs when he dines with M at his club, Blades. After vodka from Riga, Bond orders Champagne to go amidst his asparagus and hollandaise sauce, lamb cutlets with buttered peas and new potatoes, and a carve of pineapple for dessert. This episode features in Moonraker, written shortly post hoc rationing had ended in the UK and while it may not appear to be particularly exotic to modern readers, the books provided wish fulfilment for the reader concerning the day.