What was James Bond's favorite Drink?

Why drink Vodka Martini all the time?

A meticulous study of Fleming’s complete body of work has disclosed that James Bond consumed a drink on every seven pages on average.

He has consumed 317 drinks in total, of which his most preferred tipple was whisky by a long margin, which he drinks 101 in all. Bond also drinks 58 bourbons and 38 scotches.

The 007 also took great delight in champagne, of which he consumed 30 glasses. In the book, You Only Live Twice (1964), which has its setting for the most part in Japan, Bond bears down on a glass of sake. He gets a kick out of it and has 35 of them altogether.

Bond's supposed favorite vodka martini becomes his choice of drink 19 times, and to the horror of the fans of vodka, he consumes almost as many gin martinis - 16. Although most of these are bought for him by other people.

Shaken, not stirred

The famed "shaken, not stirred" line shows up for the first time in the book Diamonds are Forever (1956), however, it's not used by Bond himself until Dr. No (1959).

The first 007 to utter "shaken, not stirred" was Sean Connery in the movie Goldfinger (1964). This then set in motion a series of occurrences in most James Bond movies thereafter. In fact, "shaken, not stirred" was voted the 90th greatest film quote of all time by the American Film Institute in 2005.

James Bond’s personal martini recipe, as appearing in the first book, Casino Royale (1953):

"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."

Bond only drinks this vodka and gin mix once and he calls it the Vesper, after Vesper Lynd, the double agent and love affair in the book. Vesper Lynd is the girl who drinks most in all the Bond novels.

Why shake a Martini?

Bradford, that is, gin martini, if shaken, is usually frowned upon by purists, because the exposure to excessive air causes oxidization in the gin and hurts its aromatic flavorings.

With vodka, shaking actually makes a good impact on the drink, because it makes it taste colder and sharper.

The author Ian Fleming's predilection was gin martini, shaken. Later in life he switched from drinking gin to bourbon on his doctor's advice. This may explain why Bond switched too.

James Bond's favorite Drinks

To recap, here are James Bond's favorite drinks:

  • 101 whiskey by a long margin,
  • 58 bourbons,
  • 38 scotches,
  • 35 glasses of sake,
  • 30 glasses of champagne,
  • 19 vodka martinis
  • 16 gin martinis

Vodka Martini, Shaken Not Stirred

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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Lol,James Bond,his drinks shaken,but never his nerve,um,er,his nerves.;)

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Troyjones345 5 years ago from Fredericksburg,va

Great blog. Keep the vodka pouring=)!!

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To Start Again 5 years ago

As long as its Daniel Craig, he can drink whatever he wants.... :)

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Pagelift 5 years ago

Hilarious. Somebody actually went through and counted all the drinkes hes had :P

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Haunty 5 years ago from Hungary Author

lol, now that I visualized that, it IS hilarious.

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Trsmd 5 years ago from India

so you have not seen how many times he shooted the bad boys? instead you have counted how many sips he had.. nice survey..

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livelonger 5 years ago from San Francisco

Now I want to try a Vesper...

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Haunty 5 years ago from Hungary Author

Skål! livelonger

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teamrn 5 years ago from Chicago

And I thought my husband knew everything, "Bond, James Bond!:

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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Love this survey and all James Bond movies. Sean Connery is my fave Bond. Thanks for the interesting survey!

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Jerry G2 5 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA

FANTASTIC Hub! I enjoyed this immensely. I knew in my heart that someone as cool as Bond had to be a whiskey man. Thanks for sharing!

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Big Brother 5 years ago from Earth

I will drink a martini after this comment...

Excellent job my friend.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

Interesting - I would have picked the martini, after his famous film line "shaken, not stirred..."

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slimmingcircle 5 years ago from slimmingcircle.com

Daniel craig is awesome. "Like I give a damn!"

Jasmine JellyBaby 5 years ago

This is the best James Bond Article I've ever read! Excellent research.

Now if you'll be so kind to pour me a Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred, that'd be great! and keep 'em coming!!

Brilliant hub, voted it up..

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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Excellent hub. "Shaken, not stirred" one of my favorite movie lines.....I like how in Casino Royale they did the story behind why he likes it that way...voted up

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putanca 5 years ago from Los Angeles

very interesting article makes me wanna read a 007 book

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hossainnoa 5 years ago from Bangladesh


Its nice and awesome hub...

My 007 hero is Pierce Brosnan.I like him very much.

Wait i have to collect 007'S books collection.....

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Dodge-This 5 years ago

I like Daniel Craig and i have only seen one Bond movie that is Casino Royale. I absolutely loved my only experience of a 007 film.

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