A recent holiday in France allowed me to prepare another dish from the menu of Café Martinique, as featured in Thunderball: cuisses de grenouilles provençales, or frogs' legs cooked in the Provence style
As part of the celebrations marking 60 years of the James Bond films, Christie's and Eon Productions will be hosting an online auction, which runs between 15th September and 5th October.
James Bond fans who happened to be watching 'The Footage Detectives' recently on Talking Pictures TV were treated to a behind-the-scenes film showing the shooting at Silverstone race track of the car chase in Thunderball (1965). What interested me was the appearance of catering facilities.
James Bond realises there's something fishy about the waiters serving dinner onboard the ocean liner at the conclusion of Diamonds Are Forever when one of the waiters, Mr Wint, fails to recognise that the Château Mouton Rothschild he presents to Bond is a claret.
One of the more puzzling dishes offered to James Bond by Messrs Wint and Kidd on board the cruise ship at the end of Diamonds Are Forever is salade utopia.
When it comes to a choice between Russian caviar and Peking duck, James Bond doesn't have a preference. As he tells his female companion at the start of You Only Live Twice (1967), he loves them both.
We occasionally see James Bond pick up a restaurant menu in the films, but we are almost never permitted to see what's on it. An exception is Thunderball (1965), where, at the Café Martinique in Nassau, the camera lingers on the menu as Bond orders Beluga caviar.