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James Bond Day
"Fifty year old Macallan.
A particular favorite of yours, I understand.
So, what's the toast?
To the women we love?
James Bond's Drinking Day marks the debut of author Ian Fleming's super spy creation, secret agent 007, in his first feature film Dr. No, in 1962. By 1965, the famous spy was given a Scottish backstory after the author saw Sean Connery's performance in Goldfinger. Though most associated with the Vesper Martini ("shaken not stirred"), along with his newly defined origins, Bond evolved a taste from scotch blends to single malts. By the movie Skyfall, Bond's (and "M"s) penchant for "The Macallan", is noted in various places, particularly in the scene when arch villain and SPECTRE member Raoul Silva forces James to shoot with an antique pistol a filled shot glass from the head of conflicted femme fatale Sévérine. Although Bond purposely misses, things do not go well for Sévérine. A man of his time, Bond's drinking habits are worthy of note. During the course of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service alone", Bond consumes forty-six drinks: Pouilly-Fuissé, Riquewihr and Marsalawines, most of a bottle of Algerian wine, some 1953 Château Mouton Rothschild claret, along with Taittinger and Krug champagnes and Babycham; for whiskies he consumes three bourbon and waters, half a pint of I.W. Harper bourbon, Jack Daniel's whiskey, two double bourbons on the rocks, two whisky and sodas, two neat scotches and one glass of neat whisky; vodka consumption totalled four vodka and tonics and three double vodka martinis; other spirits included two double brandies with ginger ale, a flask of Enzian Schnaps and a double gin: he also washed this down with four steins of German beer. For his non-alcoholic drinks Bond eschews tea, calling it "mud" and blaming it for the downfall of the British Empire. Cheers and Slainte! 🥃 🍸
James Bond Day coincides with the October 5, 1962 release of the first James Bond Film, Dr. No, starring Sean Connery as agent 007.
Throughout the various films and novels, Bond indicates his preferences for many different drinks, including Scotch blends and most recently, single malts, such as "The Macallan."
One of the drinks featuring in Skyfall is a 50 year old Macallan whisky, which arch-villain Silva mentions is Bond’s favourite. Another vintage Macallan is seen on M’s desk early on in the film, a 12 year old vintage.
The Macallan distillery is a single malt Scotch whisky distillery in Craigellachie, Moray. The Macallan is generally considered to be the second or third highest-selling single-malt scotch, next to Glenfiddich and, by some accounts, Glenlivet.
Bond and M's rarefied tastes extend into real life as in 2019, a bottle of The Macallan Fine and Rare 60-Year-Old 1926 whisky sold for $1.9 million, beating the previous year's record of
$1.2 million from the same batch the year before.
Ian Fleming's British Secret Service Agent, 007, James Bond is widely suspected to have been inspired by Sir Fitzroy Hew Royle Maclean (1911-1996).
From McLean Scotland:
Sir Fitzroy Hew Royle Maclean, 1st Baronet, KT, CBE (1911 – 1996) was a Scottish soldier, writer and politician and was one of only two men who during the Second World War enlisted in the British Army as a Private and rose to the rank of Brigadier, the other being Conservative MP Enoch Powell. Maclean wrote several books, including Eastern Approaches, in which he recounted three extraordinary series of adventures: travelling, often incognito, in Soviet Central Asia; fighting in the Western Desert Campaign, where he specialised in commando raids behind enemy lines; and living rough with Tito and his Yugoslav Partisans. It has been widely speculated that Ian Fleming (his friend), used Maclean as his inspirations for James Bond. Maclean was born in Cairo to Major Charles Wilberforce Maclean QOCH a member of the Scottish landed gentry serving in Egypt with the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, and Frances Elaine Gladys Royle the only daughter of George Royle, a Royal Navy officer, and Fannie Jane Langueville. He was descended from the Macleans of Ardgour, a Sept of the Clan Maclean, whose chiefs have their historic seat Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull just over the water.
Fitzroy collected an extensive library, including a full set of early editions of James Bond novels which sold in September 2008 for £26,000. Sir Fitzroy Maclean died on 15 June 1996, aged 85.
In the novel You Only Live Twice, Fleming gave Bond Scottish antecedents (possibly to match the background of first film Bond, Sean Connery) that were not present in the previous stories. In a fictional obituary, purportedly published in The Times, Bond's parents were given as Andrew Bond, from the village of Glencoe, Scotland, and Monique Delacroix, from the canton of Vaud, Switzerland.
For more on all the various drinks of choice of 007 in film history, click the most recent bond, Daniel Craig who plays the famous secret agent in the films: Die Another Day 2002, Casino Royale 2006, Quantum of Solace 2008, Skyfall 2012, Spectre2015, and No Time to Die (scheduled for release in 2021).