007 Legends – A Review by Film Nerd

Developer: Eurocom, Activision

Consoles: PS3, 360, Wii U, PS Vita, PC

Cast: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel, Carey Lowell, Toby Stephens

Synopsis: This game was released specifically as a celebration of 50 years of James Bond.   As such, it includes 6 missions, each representing one film of each man to have played Ian Fleming’s super-spy.   Bond and M are played by Craig and Dench respectively throughout.

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Goldfinger – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Guy Hamilton

Cast: Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Gert Frobe, Shirley Eaton, Tania Mallet, Harold Sakata, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn

Film matched beverage: Goldfinger cocktail

Synopsis: Felix puts Bond on the trail of Auric Goldfinger when accused of cheating at cards.   It turns out his lust for gold extends well beyond gambling, to the point of being an international gold smuggler.   The authorities know he is doing it, but cannot identify how. It is up to Bond to find out, in a mission that is more than a little personal given Goldfinger is also responsible for the death of conquest Jill Masterson, by way of skin suffocation after being coated in gold paint.

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Seven 007 Cocktails

Welcome back to another Gourmet Geek post!

Since 2007, I have been throwing an annual James Bond Cocktail party.   Every guest attends in formal wear, we eat some fancy styles finger food, and generally sit down and watch a Bond film, or, depending on the crowd, lovingly make fun of everything happening on screen…

…and we drink some really nice cocktails.

Each year, I try a different spin on the classic vodka martini, as well as creating a general cocktail which has a name relating to the film being watched that year.   Here I compile a list of seven of the best of these beverages, with recipes and photographs, to help kick start your own evening of MI6 action.

Vodka Martini

 

2 parts vodka

1 part dry vermouth

Shaken over ice, served in a martini glass with a single green olive.

 

 

Vesper Martini (as featured in Casino Royale)

 

3 parts Gordons Gin

1 part vodka

½ part Lillet Blanc (formerly Kina Lillet)

Shaken over ice, and served in a martini glass with a thin slice of lemon peel

Note: Kina Lillet is known to have been more bitter than Lillet Blanc.   For a more authentic taste, one may like to add a few drops of Agnostura Bitters.

 

Choc-Mint Martini

 

3 parts vodka

2 parts white creme de cacao

1 part creme de menthe

Shaken over ice and served in a martini glass.   Garnish with milk chocolate shavings.

 

White-Choc Martini

 

1 ½ parts white chocolate liqueur

1 ½ parts crème de cacao

½ part vodka

2 ½ parts half-and-half

Shaken over ice and poured into a martini glass drizzled with chocolate topping.

 

Kamikaze (for a You Only Live Twice theme)

 

1 ½ parts vodka

1 part lime juice

1 part Triple Sec

Shaken over ice and served in a martini glass.   Garnish with a lime wedge (not in image).

 

Goldfinger Cocktail

 

1 part Goldschlager

½ part Grand Marnier

1 ½ parts Ginger Ale

Served on ice in a high ball glass.

 

Dr. Rasberry (for a Dr. No theme)

 

2 parts Dr. Pepper

1 part Chambord

Served on Ice in a high ball glass.