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Issue 29 - The name's malt... Single Malt...

Whisky Magazine Issue 29
March 2003


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The name's malt... Single Malt...

James Bond is drinking whisky again. More specifically, he's drinking Talisker – and the relationship is benefiting both of them. Dominic Roskrow reports

The bar's crowded and noisy when Bond enters, but he is noticed immediately. He is dressed perfectly, tux and bow tie spotless, hair groomed to perfection.

His target – in more ways than one – is at the bar, and he spots her immediately. She is wearing designer evening dress and she exudes beauty. As he approaches she looks partly amused, partly intrigued.

“The name's Bond, James … ” he starts.

“I know who you are,” she says curtly, in an accent that would once have been Russian but is now indistinctively Slav or East European. “A vodka Martini, shaken not stirred, I presume?”

“Actually, no. May I have a single malt whisky. A little water, no ice?”


Surely there's some mistake? After all, doesn't everyone know what 007's favoured tipple is?

Yes and no. For the martinis have been a flamboyant emblem of Bond's style and panache over the years, but you suspect that he'd choose whisky at home. And while Scotch has been sidelined in the films, in the original Ian Fleming books, whisky always was his drink of choice.

Perhaps directors didn't consider whisky cool enough for 007, but in recent times it has made a comeback. It featured in the recent James Bond film The World is not Enough, complete with exploding ice cubes. And it features in the latest film, Die Another Day.

It seems that in these post-Glasnost years, James Bond is moving on. Just as the baddies are no longer communists, Miss Moneypenny is 30 years younger than she used to be and po...

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