According to the novels and films, super spy James bond is a bit of a fickle lush. He goes through drinks – gin and the infamous vodka martinis (shaken not stirred), a Vesper cocktail of his own invention, scotch and sodas, old-fashioneds, even beer – like water. When it comes to bubbly, 007 dabbles with Dom Perignon and Cliquot but most memorable cinematic appearances involve Bollinger. If a guy I met all of five minutes ago unexpectedly leaves me in his hotel room to chase bad guys, he had better order a bottle of that and enough caviar to re-populate the Pacific ocean. It’s only polite.
The Bond link is appropriate as Bollinger is said to be the most British of champagnes considering it’s status as official supplier to the royal court (her majesty’s champagne service if you will). And refreshingly, rather than product placement, the appearance of this particular brand of bubbles in Bond’s flute is due to a friendship the films’ producer Albert R. Broccoli struck up with the Bollinger family. To celebrate this partnership, 50 years of James Bond films and the Skyfall movie, Bollinger have released their 2002 vintage in a Walther PPK silencer-inspired case so realistic it’s apparently tricky to get through customs. It’s the new 002 to James’ 007. The case takes a certain three digit number to open. Any guesses?
See below Melbournites ‘dressed to kill’ at Bollinger’s recent Bond-ian launch at Vue De Monde; complete with martinis compressed into (money)pennies, fried spiced ‘Thunderballs’ and Octopussy-inspired squid to paired with a lot of champagne.
Photography by Victoria U