Nestled away on its own cul-de-sac off the storied Strand in the City of Westminster is the hotel that once played host to Winston Churchill’s wartime briefings, that even served as a triage center during the Blitz.
The Martini has been around since the mid-to-late 1800s. Its life has spanned the Industrial Revolution, two world wars, Prohibition, the Great Depression, the Summer of Love, disco, punk, and Hammer Pants. It has been in style, out of fashion, and subject to the peculiar and not always trustworthy whims of the American drinker.
Towering above all others in the realm of Bond cash-in albums, however, was British composer Roland Shaw, who released a series of James Bond cash-in records that featured arrangements of Bond themes and background music that were often just as good as the originals, and in some cases, perhaps even better.
The Americano seems a fairly nondescript drink with which to kick off such a legendary drinking career as that of James Bond, though it’s doubtful Ian Fleming was thinking that the Americano would be examined as the drink that started an international phenomenon.
On his trip to Naples, Fleming is quick to lose interest in the city itself. Much of the Neapolitan chapter of Thrilling Cities is taken up by an of Ian Fleming’s audience with infamous gangster Lucky Luciano.
The list of men who have been named as “the real James Bond” is long. Most of them insist there is no way they were the inspiration for 007. As far as he himself was concerned, Dusan Popov was much cooler than James Bond.