A visit to Shrublands health farm in Thunderball proves to be something of an culinary eye-opener for James Bond. Foregoing his usual steaks, fried fish, and rich sauces, Bond is introduced to such treats as dandelion tea, potassium broth and 'unmalted slippery elm'.
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.
Nobody can deny that James Bond hasn't suffered in the course of his duties: in Thunderball, he's obliged to drink carrot juice.
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.
Patricia Fearing saves James Bond twice when he's trapped on 'the rack' in Thunderball: first from the traction machine itself, the second time from the threat of dandelion tea.
In Thunderball (1961), before Commander Pedersen tucks into his slice of apple pie onboard the US Navy's submarine, the Manta, he enjoys a meal of Virginia ham with red-eye gravy.
Unlike James Bond, Commander Pedersen of the Manta, as featured in Thunderball, has a great appetite.
James Bond knows a thing or two about conchs. For one thing, they're reputed to be an aphrodisiac. For another, island people have conch chowder on their wedding night.