James Bond food tournedos

Tournedos

What is the first evening meal that Ian Fleming describes in the James Bond books? The answer is a very small tournedos with sauce Béarnaise, and a single artichoke heart, which James Bond consumes in the restaurant of the Hotel Splendide in Casino Royale

James Bond food Auberge de la Montespan

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.

James Bond food roast grouse

Roast grouse

To celebrate his promotion to the Diplomatic Section in You Only Live Twice, James Bond decides to take his secretary Mary Goodnight out to dinner at Scott's for their first roast grouse of the season

James Bond food chicken comme chez soi

Chicken ‘comme chez soi’

In John Pearson's 'biography' of James Bond, Bond recalls how, before the war, he and an old school friend, 'Burgler' Brinton, had motored from Geneva to Paris. On the way, they stopped at Mâcon for lunch of poularde 'comme chez soi' and Champagne at the Auberge Bressane.

James Bond food avocado

James Bond introduces the avocado pear

In an article in The Times, journalist Oliver Moody reported on the opening up of the archives of one of the UK's most famous high-street retailers, Marks and Spencer. Looking at some of the foods mentioned, the piece could have been describing James Bond's typical diet, which serves to remind us just how unfamiliar and exotic Bond's food was to the early readers of Ian Fleming's novels.

James Bond food pineapple

Pineapple

A slice of pineapple is the perfect response to the richness of James Bond's main course of lamb cutlets and asparagus with sauce Béarnaise at M's club, Blades, in Moonraker.