The Drinks of Dr. No – Celebrating 50 Years of the First James Bond Film

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the release of the first James Bond film* Dr No on 5th October 1962 (possibly my favourite film) and it also marks the official release of the new theme song, sung by Adele, for the new James Bond film Skyfall.** So it seems fitting to put off the planned article*** and do a little something to celebrate one of the best Bond Films.

Vodka Martini

“One Medium-Dry Vodka Martini and mixed how you said Sir, and not stirred”

An early introduction to Bond’s signature drink; made for him by a hotel porter. Bond has his Martinis “Medium-Dry” (5:1 or 4:1) and in Dr. No he uses Smirnoff Red Vodka. I used this and Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth (In Dr. No Bond actually uses Martini Extra Dry.

Clean an crisp but with the low-strength Smirnoff not too overpowering, a little hint of grain and a touch of vanilla  The lemon adds a pleasant zestiness that adds life to an otherwise pure (maybe even plain) drink.

Later in the film Bond drinks Smirnoff Red neat.

Red Stripe Beer

Hailing from Jamaica, where the film is set, there is little wonder that this is what they drink in Pussfellas Bar (they get through a lot of it as the stock room is packed with crates.

Red Stripe was created by Desnoes & Geddes in 1928 (They also make an excellent ginger beer and the rather lovely Ting) but from 1976 it has been brewed under contract in the UK. Like Smirnoff Red Stripe is now owned by Diageo.

Like the Martini Red Stripe is quite light and very refreshing with a warm hoppiness at the end. A little touch of citrus. On a hot Jamaican day when you’ve been suspiciously fighting folks who turn out to be your allies this is just what you need to quench your thirst.

Finally although not in the film this is a great drink from the book of Dr. No.

The James Bond Gin & Tonic

Bond ordered a double gin and tonic and one whole green lime. When the drink came he cut the lime in half, dropped the two squeezed halves into the long glass, almost filled the glass with ice cubes and then poured in the tonic. He took the drink out on to the balcony, and sat and looked out across the spectacular view.

The James Bond Gin & Tonic: Chapter IV Reception Committee, Dr. No (1958)

As ever a delicious drink that is tart but not overly so. I used Bombay Dry Gin (a very classic style of gin) and it works well although some may prefer to use a gin with a higher ABV. Even so few will be disappointed by this Bond Beverage.

For more James Bond and Skyfall info check out the excellent resources at: http://www.tjbd.co.uk/

Also why not check out a Skyfall Cocktail?

* There was an early US TV-onlky outing where James Bond was an American
called “Jimmy” and Le Chiffre was played by Peter Lorre (one of his last roles)
** Check it out here.
*** Navy Strength Gin will be out on Monday.

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