Readers can explore James Bond creator Ian Fleming’s writing on the pleasures of drinking and mix themselves fifty delicious cocktails from recipes inspired by his books and developed by award-winning London bar, Swift.
Both Bond and Fleming were partial to a stiff drink. In both fiction and real life, cocktails were an important and well-chosen accompaniment to adventure and daring and often relaxing. Fleming made the Martini famous with Bond’s ritual of always ordering it “shaken, not stirred”. But in every James Bond book a wide selection of strong, sophisticated and carefully crafted drinks are essential details to the story.
The recipes in Shaken are divided into five categories: Straight Up; On the Rocks; Tall; Fizzy; and Exotic. Sip on inventions such as Smersh, Moneypenny, That Old Devil M and Diamonds Are Forever, as well as classic Bond cocktails such as the Vesper—and, of course, the Dry Martini.
Each recipe is illustrated by a stunning full-color photo of the drink and wonderful extracts from Fleming’s writing—taken from the passage where the drink was featured or a place, character, or plot that inspired it.
Shaken features a foreword written by the novelist’s nephew, Fergus Fleming, as well as plenty of his writing on whisky, gin, rum, and other spirits.
Ian Fleming was a British author, journalist and intelligence officier.Born in London in 1908 he was educated at Eton and then went on to work for Reuters news agency in the 1930s. During the Second World War he became Assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence where he gleaned many ideas for his future best-selling books about spy James Bond.
He returned to journalism after the War, working as Foreign Manager at the Sunday Times where he ran a global network of foreign correspondents. In 1953, he published his first novel, Casino Royale, which featured Agent 007. It was an instant success.
Twelve more Bond novels and 9 short stories followed, as well as two works of nonfiction and the children’s classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Fleming was married to Ann Rothermere with whom he had a son, Caspar. He died of heart failure on 12th August 1964.
Fergus Fleming is Ian Fleming’s nephew. He is the author of several nonfiction books including Barrow’s Boys, Killing Dragons, and Ninety Degrees North. Recently he edited The Man with the Golden Typewriter: Ian Fleming’s James Bond Letters. He lives in Gloucestershire, UK.