Bond orders the Vesper martini.
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Darling heart! Why the cynicism? You know you're my special little bunny rabbit.
I'm desperate enough for attention to accept even that bundle of sarcasm tied with a pretty bow.
OK, I've really had too much to drink now...
Posted 12 April 2007 - 08:02 PM
Bond is in deep. He's tired, frustrated, he needs a break (so do we, the audience) - they've been playing for a while. He orders the bar steward over and makes up something on the spot that he thinks will satisfy his thirst and make him a whole man again - he is dipping into his own sense of taste and style but doing so spontaneously, and in doing so defining his own taste and style (for many years to come).
The supreme ease, calm, self-confidence and collectedness with which he marshalls his thoughts at such a tense moment to come up with this fantastic-sounding concoction has us, the audience in awe, and has the table in awe, too. What a man! They all wish they had the presence of mind, savoir faire and knowledge of the world's workings to order such a thing, so despite not having a clue what it actually is they all follow suit. There's a double pay-off with Felix wanting his a little less extravagant than the Englishman's, which manages to be simultaneously a little uncool of him but also marks him out as having his own independent personality - he'll only go so far with the Limey, but he ain't having fruit in his drink. And that's cool in its own way.
As a whole, the moment relieves the tension with humour, pisses off his opponent, impresses the girl - and shows us a defining moment in which James Bond puts together some of what he has learned so far and, without contrivance, without forethought, takes one step closer to being 'James Bond'.
This post will be published in next month's Bright Lights Big City Film Journal.
(Incidentally, do we still need a spoiler section for the latest Bond film on this Bond site, now that is out on DVD?)
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That said, if we consider Bond a real-life person, this spunky new double-0 had a history before we meet him on his first mission. I am of the opinion that he had indeed thought of the formula sometime prior to the game, to be used as a psych tactic against his nemesis at some point in the game.
Posted 19 April 2007 - 11:13 PM
Another bonus for me, however, was that I had 1) no idea who Jeffrey Wright was before this movie, and 2) forgotten that Felix Leiter was even in it, so it was a really nice surprise for the Leiter reveal.
Posted 19 April 2007 - 11:19 PM
Agreed, the film presents it as the first time he's ordered or tasted this particular recipe (which is obviously quite different than the book where it is already familiar).
Well, it's not so different. Sure, in the book it doesn't seem to be the first time he's ordered it, but he tells Leiter it's his own invention and he'll patent it as soon as he can think of a decent name. It sounds to me like something he's invented pretty recently, perhaps even during his stay at the hotel. Something similar could apply in the film - he could have invented it a couple of weeks before in a restaurant in London, and he's trying it again, or a variation on it.
Let's not *always* go down the immediate line of the film being totally different from the film. It's remarkably similar in many ways, and nuances aside, this is one of those ways.
Posted 19 April 2007 - 11:28 PM
Judo chop, nice thoughts - waaay deep!