James Bond doesn't eat much during his film adventures, but food does appear in the films, albeit in the background. Take Live and Let Die (1973), for example.
Which well-known fictional character goes into the kitchen and cooks himself Canadian bacon, scrambled eggs and toast, all to be washed down with coffee? If you thought James Bond, then you’d be wrong.
Can the James Bond novels be used as historical documents, a reliable source of information on people, places, and events? Almost certainly, given Ian Fleming’s journalistic background and his determination to get factual details right.
A trip to New York last year gave me the chance to look up a few of the locations mentioned in Live and Let Die, Diamonds are Forever and ‘007 in New York’ and experience something of James Bond’s adventures – particularly gastronomic – in the city.
James Bond’s fondness for scrambled eggs is well-known to readers of the novels, and in the short story ‘007 in New York’, Bond is even given his own scrambled eggs recipe. But what’s the origin of this recipe?
During his pursuit of Goldfinger through France, James Bond consults 'his Michelin' on several occasions, using it to plan his route and look up places to eat and stay. It's highly likely that Bond has with him the Michelin Guide, the famous red book that has long been the bible for motorists and gastronomes visiting the country.