November 11 marked Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in the U.K. Lest we forget.
There doesn’t seem any danger of forgetting that veteran of the spy world, James Bond, with the film series celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, coinciding with the release of the 23rd film in the series, the enigmatically named “Skyfall.”
But Bond has actually been around for longer than 50 years as before the films came the books upon which they’re based–the first, “Casino Royale,” published in 1953.
Author Ian Fleming died in 1964 and only got to see three of the films made, but they’ve kept on coming. There appears to be enough villainy and beautiful women out there to keep this secret agent in business for a long time yet.
Considering all Bond has to deal with, it’s not surprising he likes a drink. Although best known for his signature shaken-not-stirred Martini, there’s another Bond drink you don’t hear so much about and that appears in the novel version of “Casino Royale.”
Seated at the bar, Bond gives the barman the following instructions: “Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?”
“That sounds like quite a drink,” replies Felix Leiter, Bond’s companion from the CIA.
Bond names it a Vesper after falling for the story’s heroine Vesper Lynd, of course.