4 Comments on “3 days of Bond Girls”

  1. This may be a universally known fact, but it just occurred to me the other day (and who does that surprise?).

    James Bond – a man’s man – orders a sissified martini. When the ice is shaken, it chips and dissolves into the gin thus diluting its potency. Stirring the beverage allows for mixing without breaking the ice, thus slowing the dilution.

    Incidentally, I hate gin. It’s an evil, evil substance. However, bond girls make me happy, so I suppose that’s a plus.

  2. The whole James Bond is a girl because of his drink was initially on an episode of The West Wing. See what TV can teach you?

  3. Now pay attention. I shan’t be quick enough to point out the flaws in your analysis, but point them out I shall.

    To be sure, the ice used in the process of preparing a martini will melt and thus reduce the potency of the gin; however this is a tactical advantage accruing to 007 as his adversary(ies) may expect his senses to be less acute. And unless the ice particles are especially large, there would be little difference in the melting rate regardless of the agitation method used in preparing the cocktail.


    Actually, for Bond’s character Fleming used many contemporary style elements of the 1950s in the epicurian and tonsorial disciplines as well as modes of travel, leisure and technological advances that are now quite dated.

    In the movies, the Broccolis adjusted these elements through the years to be more consistent with the current styles. So while the cars, caviar, crooks and even the vintage years of Bond’s Dom Perignon were updated, they couldn’t very well change his choice of drink because the “shaken, not stirred” line had become as critical of a component of the “Bondness” of the films as the “Bond, James Bond” line had.

    I don’t have Encore, but I do have most of the movies on DVD or VHS.

  4. I see you are not using “TiVo” as a verb. Ryan told me that TiVo is asking people not to…they don’t want to be another Kleenex or Vaseline or some sh*…which I find odd. I bet Kleenex and Band-Aid love having their names used for all tissues and um…what’s the regular word for Band-Aid? Oh bandages.