Daniel Craig as James Bond with Vesper Martini

The Story Behind Bond’s Vesper Martini

This piece about the origin of Bond’s Vesper Martini by Chris Cotonou came across my feed this week. I have always been a Bond fan, so almost anything associated with the brand tends to get my attention. We all know the “shaken, not stirred” line from the movie, but I didn’t remember the origin of it from Casino Royale.

The quote of Bond ordering a Vesper martini from the novel is below. Bond’s style is always “wicked cool.” What would be even more “wicked cool” would be finding a bottle of Kina Lillet, so I could make a Vesper the way Fleming intended.

“A dry martini,” he said. “One. In a deep champagne goblet.”

“Oui, monsieur.’

“Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?”

Ian, F. (1953). Casino Royale. Jonathan Cape.
Daniel Craig as James Bond with Vesper Martini

Daniel Craig as James Bond in a scene from “Quantum of Solace. Source The Rake

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