How Drunk is James Bond?

casino-royale-daniel-craig-and-jeffrey-wrightIf there’s one thing James Bond loves more than loose women and saving the world, it’s drinking. When he isn’t killing nameless henchmen, James Bond is normally ordering a drink. We’ve never seen a truly drunk James Bond, but using information from pre-Spectre films, we can finally answer the question, how much does James Bond drink?

Of all the Bonds, Daniel Craig is going to be our new drinking buddy. In his first three films, he drank more than Sean Connery in six films and Rodger Moore in seven films. Plus, he shares with us the recipe for Ian Flemming’s super-martini, The Vesper.

A dry martini. One. In a deep champagne goblet. 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?” – James Bond, Casino Royale

Much like the actors who’ve played him, Bond’s preferred drink changes and evolves with time and location. He drinks mint julips in Kentucky, mojitos in Cuba, Heinekens and some crazy scorpion drink in Turkey, and occasionally a vodka martini in the bathtub.

Three constants throughout the franchise are vodka martinis, Macallan whisky, and 1975 Bollinger. Dubbed the official champagne of 007, Bollinger is seen in ten of the 23 previous films.

With the new movie Spectre hitting theaters today, you’re probably wondering, do we finally get to see drunk James Bond?

Sadly, no. Surprisingly, Bond spends the majority of the film searching for a drink. Multiple times he’s denied a drink or voluntarily turns one down. And when asked by a psychiatrist how much alcohol he drinks, the response is simply, “Too much.”

Don’t worry, 007 didn’t join a 12-step program. Bond still throws back five or so drinks, specifically vodka martinis, and at one point drinking helps him solve a problem.

Belvedere silver saber james bond 007 bottle

To celebrate Bond’s return to the martini, Belvedere – one of the movie’s sponsors – invited us to test the Belvedere SPECTRE 007 martini at an advanced screening. The martini is a classic twist on the dirty martini, with Belvedere, dry vermouth, Sicilian olives, and a dash of olive brine.

Alternatively, the Belvedere SPECTRE 007 is a twist on a Moscow Mule with Belvedere, lime juice, simple syrup, raspberries and ginger beer.

If you can’t make it to Spectre this weekend, grab a limited edition 007 bottle of Belvedere, make some martinis and show your friends the Bond infographic below.

Belvedere SPECTRE 007 Martini

  • 60 ml (2 oz) Belvedere
  • 10 ml (1/4 oz) dry vermouth
  • 1 Sicilian green olive (washed)
  • 5 ml (dash) Sicilian green olive brine

Gently muddle olives in base of mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients and shake hard with ice. Double strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a single Sicilian green olive.

Belvedere SPECTRE 007

  • 45 ml (1.5 oz) Belvedere
  • 15 ml (1/2 oz) lime juice
  • 10 ml (1/4 oz) simple syrup
  • 4 fresh raspberries
  • Fever Tree Ginger Beer

Combine all ingredients except ginger beer in the base of a mixing tin, add ice, and shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice in a highball glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a wedge of lime and a raspberry.

James Bond Drinks Infographic

To see the full infographic highlighting kills, women, drinks, and other stats, visit Joe The Explorer.

Photo credit: Eon Productions, GB Showplates

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Joe Piehl covers his favorite vices: beer, whiskey, and anything else that comes in a bottle. He started a travel blog while drinking "warm" ale in London and he’s the former Chicago Editor of The Local Tourist. His work has also appeared on Complex, RedEye, Tribune.com, WCIU-TV, and others.