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All the best ideas are borrowed from someone else, and what better person to borrow from than Ryan McNeil! In the last few months Ryan has introduced a new final section to his Matineecast Podcast called Further Down the Spiral.  In it, he and his guests suggest something other than movies to go with the film they have discussed.  It could be a record, a tv show, a book, a meal, a drink.  So in homage to that here is my Further Down the Spiral for Spectre:

First Choice: Thunderball

Read the novel that introduced SPECTRE to the world.  It actually started out as a film script by Ian Fleming that he hoped to get Alfred Hitchcock to direct.  When thinks didn’t pan out Fleming adapted Thunderball into a novel:

SPECTRE, hijack a NATO plane for the two nuclear bombs it is carrying, and uses them to blackmail the western world.  Bond is sent to the Bahamas, working with old friend Felix Leiter he meets “Domino” Vitali, mistress of SPECTRE operative Emilio Largo and the sister of the pilot of the hijacked plane.

First published in 1961, 255 pages long.  Fleming’s novels were ultimately pulp so try and pick up an old second hand paperback copy the way pulp should be read.thunderball

Second Choice: Bacon and Eggs

Eggs are one of Bonds favourite foods, and the one Fleming mentioned him eating most often.  Fleming also loved eggs and is reported to have enjoyed  his with crispy streaky bacon and wholemeal toast.

My recipe for scrambled eggs:

Quantity of eggs will vary depending on how many people you are cooking for, just make sure you use an appropriate size pan.

Put a knob of butter in a heavy based pan ideally stainless steel not none stick.  Place it on the smallest gas ring (everything cooks better on gas) on its lowest setting (the slower you cook them the better the texture will be) until the butter melts. Break the eggs into a bowl and whisk with a fork – don’t over whisk – add a splash of milk, some freshly ground black pepper (do not a add salt).  You can also add a little fresh parsley or chives but not needed. Pour mixture into the bowl.

As the eggs start to cook on the bottom drag them from the eges of the pan to the centre with a wooden spoon.  Do not stir.  Continue to do this until the eggs reach the desired consistency.  You can now add salt if required, if you serve with bacon it won’t be needed. Serve immediately with bacon and toast.

Third Choice: Coffee

You need something to drink with your bacon and eggs: Ian Fleming’s favourite coffee was Jamaica Blue Mountain.  Noted for its mild flavour and lack of bitterness, it is a really nice coffee but amongst the most expensive in the world.vesper

Third Choice, version two: The Vesper Martini

Coffee not your thing? fancy something more alcoholic? Bond is most often quoted in Fleming s books drinking champaign but will always be associated A Vodka Martini  Cocktail: The Vesper recipe is:

  • Three measures of Gordon’s Gin
  • One of vodka
  • Half a measure of Kina Lillet
  • Shake over ice until it’s ice-cold and strain into a martini glass.
  • Then add a large thin slice of lemon peel

Casino RoyaleAs described by Bond in the novel:    ‘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?’

‘Certainly, monsieur.’ The barman seemed pleased with the idea.

He goes on to say:  “This drink’s my own invention. I’m going to patent it when I can think of a good name.’

This is how it appears in the movie when Casino Royale was finally made into an official Bond film in 2006.

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