In November, I was invited to talk about my James Bond cookbook, Licence to Cook, on 'The Intrepid 007 Podcast'
I was privilaged to be invited to talk about James Bond's food recently on a special 'mission debrief' edition of the legendary James Bond & Friends podcast, hosted by the good folk at MI6-hq.com.
A letter from Ann Fleming written on 30th December 1960 reveals that the Flemings spent Christmas that year in St Moritz, Switzerland. Reading the letter now, one is struck by similarities with certain passages in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Something's not quite right about the quiche de cabinet that James Bond (Roger Moore) cooks in Stacey Sutton's kitchen in A View to a Kill.
During the summer, I went on an epic road-trip and retraced James Bond's route in pursuit of Goldfinger from Le Touquet on the north coast of France to Geneva in Switzerland, as described in Ian Fleming's 1959 novel.
During their drive through France to Switzerland in the novel of Goldfinger, both James Bond and Auric Goldfinger stop overnight at Orléans. Goldfinger stays at the Arcades, a luxury hotel overlooking the Loire, but if Goldfinger had not stayed at there, Bond supposes that it would have been the Moderne.
At the beginning of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963), James Bond rings up his old friend Monsieur Bécaud, proprietor of a modest restaurant exactly opposite the railway station of Étaples in northern France. Did the restaurant really exist, and if so, where is it?