When Felix Leiter orders brizzola for James Bond in upmarket New York restaurant Sardi's in Diamonds are Forever (1956), Ian Fleming must have guessed that the dish, virtually unknown in the UK, would leave his British readers puzzled. He therefore allowed Leiter to provide a description for the readers' benefit: 'Beef, straight-cut across the bone. … Continue reading What is brizzola (as featured in Diamonds are Forever)?
James Bond is treated to brizzola for lunch at Sardi's in New York during the events of Diamonds are Forever (1956). Brizzola in essence is a cut of beef that has been roasted then charcoal-grilled.
Can the James Bond novels be used as historical documents, a reliable source of information on people, places, and events?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.