James Bond food biltong

Biltong

James Bond diet doesn’t consist entirely of gourmet dishes, rich sauces and Champagne. Sometimes, when on a case, he must eat more basic fare. In Ian Fleming’s short story, ‘For Your Eyes Only’ (1960), Bond’s on survival rations – biltong and a flask of whisky and coffee – as he makes his way to Echo Lake through Vermont’s Green Mountains in the guise of a local hunter to deal out some rough justice to the assassin of M’s friends, the Havelocks. 

Originating in South Africa and today widely available around the world, biltong is cured meat, typically beef or game, that’s been marinated in vinegar, salt and spices and then dried. It’s a high-protein, easy-to-carry food and perfect for long treks in the wilderness. 

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