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The real 007 Martini

. . . [Bond] looked carefully at the barman. 'A dry martini,' he said. 'One. In a deep champagne goblet.'
'Oui, monsieur.'
'Just a moment. 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?'
'Certainly, monsieur.' The barman seemed pleased with the idea.
'Gosh, that's certainly a drink,' said Leiter.

Bond laughed. 'When I'm . . . er . . . concentrating,' he explained, 'I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one drink to be large and very strong and very cold and very well-made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink's my own invention. I'm going to patent it when I can think of a good name.'

He watched carefully as the deep glass became frosted with the pale golden drink, slightly aerated by the bruising of the shaker. He reached for it and took a long sip.

'Excellent,' he said to the barman, 'but if you can get a vodka made with grain instead of potatoes, you will find it still better.'

'Mais n'enculons pas des mouches,' he added in an aside to the barman. The barman grinned.

'That's a vulgar way of saying "we won't split hairs" ,' explained Bond.

[Excerpt of Chapter Seven of CASINO ROYALE by Ian Fleming Copyright 1953 Gildrose Productions Ltd.]


  1. Gordon's is a kind of gin. But you knew that.
  2. Kina Lillet is a kind of vermouth.
  3. Some further amusing martini snobbery can be found here.
  4. 'Mais n'enculons pas des mouches,' literally translates too: 'But let us not bugger flies'. Just so you know.