Fish food is a surprising item on the list of Bond-related food. I’m not talking about the Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream flavour, but actual fish food, which Karl Stromberg (Curd Jürgens) consumes on his underwater lair, Atlantis, in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). In fairness, he doesn’t exactly gobble down bowlfuls of the stuff as if it were cornflakes, but rather appears to pop a few flakes in his mouth as he’s feeding his fish while no one’s looking. Perhaps this is not so very strange; after all, what with his kipper tie and webbed fingers, there is certainly something of the sea about him.
Mind you, looking at a small tub of fish flakes that I happen to have, the ingredients aren’t too far removed from some trendy concoction that might be available at a health food shop or fancy restaurant, the food containing as it does fish derivatives, cereals, vegetable protein extracts, molluscs and crustaceans, oils and fats, and insects. Everything, you might say, a growing Bond villain needs.