'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 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 think of a good name.'
— Casino Royale, Chapter 7: Rouge et Noir
|It's a look that screams concentration|
|When Ace wrote the song he was being awfully civilised.|
|How terribly witty|
|Sinatra says use only 2 olives: |
"one for you, and one for the beautiful gal that’s about to walk in the door"
|And if the flavour is a bit off just add more product placement Smirnoff.|
|Bond chills his fingers in ice all day so he can hold his glass in a manly way.|
|Two famous gin connoiseurs heading to the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, and the moment I became a staunch Royalist. God bless her.|
|Jimmy Page has always been very health conscious|
|A palate that can still appreciate a £350 bottle of Krug while smoking 70 custom-made extra nicotine cigarettes a day.|
|Some points to you if this was your answer.|
|Bond was clearly too polite, or distracted, to complain about this glass.|
|And legally you could pour alcohol all over the floor for yourself again.|
— Goldfinger, Chapter 5: Night Duty
|Ah, Roger. You never lost it.|
So what's the fuss about martinis? Isn't is just gin when it comes down to it? I'm not a drinks expert, never worked in a bar, don't even drink much these days, but I do appreciate elegance and style, and the martini has those things when done right. As someone once said:
"I'm not talking a cup of cheap gin splashed over an ice cube. I'm talking satin, fire and ice; Fred Astaire in a glass; surgical cleanliness, insight.. comfort; redemption and absolution. I'm talking MARTINI!"