James Bond enjoys a plate of soft-shell crabs, served with tartare sauce, in Live and Let Die, not long after arriving in New York and checking into the St Regis Hotel.
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.
In Live and Let Die, James Bond orders a breakfast of pineapple juice (double), cornflakes and cream, shirred eggs with bacon, a double espresso, and toast and marmalade.
Can the James Bond novels be used as historical documents, a reliable source of information on people, places, and events?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.