I was a guest contributor to David Lowbridge-Ellis's excellent website, Licence to Queer, which provides queer readings of the James Bond books and films.
What is the most delicious meal James Bond has ever had in his life? Stone crabs, which is accompanied by melted butter, toast, and Champagne.
Quenelles de brochet
As he enters Orléans in pursuit of Goldfinger in Ian Fleming’s 1959 novel, James Bond allows himself the daydream of a night at the Auberge de la Montespan, his belly full of quenelles de brochet.
Chicken à l’Orléanaise
In Goldfinger, we learn that James Bond has a preference for dining at railway station restaurants. His view of station buffets did not simply reflect Ian Fleming's own experiences.
Auberge de la Montespan
Entering Orléans during his pursuit of Goldfinger through France in Ian Fleming’s 1959 novel, James Bond reflects that in other circumstances he would have spent a night at the Auberge de la Montespan, situated on the north bank of the Loire.
A savoury end to the meal
One of the oddest things that James Bond eats in Ian Fleming's novels is the half avocado with French dressing in Casino Royale. It's not so much what he eats, but when he eats it.
Café complet is the classic French breakfast. It's simple, quick and elegant, and has the distinction of being eaten both by the literary and cinematic James Bond.
Author of all your pain: James Bond and French bread
It's a trivial point to consider, but is the bread that Bond has in Macon in Goldfinger a baguette?
On the trail of Goldfinger
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.
A night at the Hotel Moderne
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.