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.

James Bond food Swiss cheeses

Swiss cheese tray

James Bond's final lunch-time meal at Piz Gloria in the novel of On Her Majesty's Secret Service is necessarily on the heavy side: paté maison, followed by oeufs Gloria, with a cheese tray to finish.

James Bond food poor man's thing rum punch

Poor man’s thing (rum punch)

Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, was born on this day (28th May) in 1908. To mark the occasion, I've prepared a rum punch inspired by a concoction known as 'poor man's thing' that Ian Fleming used to serve to guests at the end of their stay at Goldeneye, his winter home in Jamaica.