Dinner with the mysterious Jeopardy Lane at the Plaza Hotel in New York in Trigger Mortis comprises Caesar salad and grilled sole. Bond orders for both of them and decides to keep the meal simple, eschewing the dishes pretentiously named in French that are liable to be overcooked.
Rooting through my kitchen cupboards the other day, I found a long-lost packet of oyster crackers. Liberated from the Grand Central Oyster Bar, the crackers have a literary connection.
New York's St Regis Hotel plays a small role in James Bond's adventures. Ian Fleming's choice of hotel may not have entirely random.
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.