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What Does James Bond Drink in Quantum of Solace?

By November 15, 2008

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James Bond is back in Quantum of Solace and if you're expecting any big breakthroughs in the "drinks of James Bond" you'll be sadly disappointed. However, our new favorite drink that we were reminded of in Casino Royale is also back in its descriptive narrative glory.
James Bond - Daniel Craig
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The story line of the new movie follows its predecessor and with 007 mourning the loss of Vesper, he gets drunk on what might have been his last Vesper Martini (find the recipe here) (there's a reason I suspect this if there is another sequel but I don't want to spoil it) - or six of them according to the bartender (and they always keep count). Actually the great line(s) of Bond's from the scene in Casino Royale at the poker table when he invents the cocktail is repeated almost verbatim by the first bartender in Quantum of Solace, backing up the theory that Bond has been there awhile and has only Vesper on his mind.

Six Vesper Martinis in and a bit of white wine (likely Italian) before that: What else does James Bond drink? Not a lot. Quantum of Solace is similar to many of the older Bond movies - not a lot of drinking by the spy but when he does imbibe it's obvious - and the Vesper Martini incident is the only cocktail here. Other than that a glass of Champagne, some wine and a bottle of beer are the only drinks we see. This film is set outside of a cocktail-friendly setting (mostly the desert) so it was bound to include fewer drinks but it is action-packed and has a captivating story line.

I've seen almost all of the 22 James Bond movies and the old and new have their own qualities and while a few are not as good as the lot, this is not the case for Quantum of Solace. Vodka Martini or not, if you're planning on a night at the theaters for some 007 action, I have a list of Bond cocktails to help you set the mood before you go out.

What Does James Bond Eat? - from Elaine Lemm, About.com Guide to British Food


November 15, 2008 at 8:09 pm
(1) Dr. Blow says:

this is the most worthless article I’ve ever seen. You don’t even tell me whats in the drink! about.com is awful

November 16, 2008 at 2:50 am
(2) Chase says:

he also has what i would believe to be a glass of scotch after the first chase scene in Quantum of Solace in which he destroys his beautiful Aston Martin.

November 16, 2008 at 6:33 am
(3) cocktails says:

Blow – There’s a link to the recipe for the Vesper.

Thanks Chase, I missed that first Scotch. After that scene I’d need one too – almost needed one trying to keep up with the action.

November 16, 2008 at 2:58 pm
(4) Patrick says:

what ever happened to the original shaken martini?

November 16, 2008 at 5:21 pm
(5) cocktails says:

It seems that the producers of the last two movies lost touch with the “shaken” line…maybe they thought it was too overdone in the older movies or maybe they like the novelty of the Vesper line. Then again the Vesper fits better into these two stories and maybe we’ll see the shaken Vodka Martini return.

November 20, 2008 at 1:07 pm
(6) DIRK PITT says:

How obvious, a negative comment coming from from a “BLOW” & “CHASE”. Insecurity in ones self is manifested in their writings like liberal marchers at a cause rally that no one cares about. But them. The highest grossing Bond film ever and the “Threatened ones” feel they have to say negative things about nothing important.

December 28, 2008 at 12:38 pm
(7) ruthers says:

There is a fair chance the drink after the opening scene was Bourbon. Bond opted for Bourbon straight up in Live and Let Die and frequently takes bourbon or scotch straight-up after action or under stress in Flemming’s books. The famous movie Bond drink is obviously the Vodka Martini shaken not stirred. The gin based cocktail in Quantum would leave the traditional bartender “cold” since good gin should generally be stirred and not shaken – unlike vodka which stands up well to harsher treatment. Totally useless info – but sometimes I feel modern script writers miss the precise and correct finer details which made Bond (and Fleming) so appealing.

June 30, 2009 at 12:24 am
(8) boaz says:

does anyone kknow what james bond drank in the glass when talking to the first person tied up. it looked like whisky? anyone know?

October 6, 2010 at 6:41 am
(9) Navid D. says:

I think that was probably whiskey, Bond drank it in Casino Royale, didn’t he? When he’s in the bathroom washing the blood off.

February 2, 2012 at 6:39 pm
(10) John says:

it gives you a link to read the recipe- you ARE a true genius

February 2, 2012 at 6:42 pm
(11) John says:

it is in fact whiskey, called “O’banions” not sure on the spelling at the moment, but it is the best 18 year old single malt scotch on the market arguably. if you ask any high class tender, he will have it stocked for certain. the best i have ever drank personally also

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