Thursday, August 25, 2011

Happy Birthday Sean Connery

How can you not love Sean Connery?  I cannot think of any role that he’s been in (Ed Note – after I finished, I thought of Robin and Marion) where he wasn’t great.

Of course, the role he made famous was James Bond, and the drink – Vodka Martini, Shaken not stirred. 

But that wasn’t the first type of Martini he had.

If you read the original Casino Royal, you get an even better idea this drink (later called the “Vesper”)

"Bond insisted on ordering Leither's Haig-and-Haig 'on the rocks' [a quality Scotch whiskey - Lisa] and then he looked carefully at the barman.
'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 pleasant with the idea.
'Gosh that's certainly a drink,' said Leiter.
Bond laughed. 'When I' concentrating.' he explained, 'I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold and very well-made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink's my own invention. I'm going to patent it when I can think of a good name.'
He watched carefully as the deep glass became frosted with the pale golden drink, slightly aerated by the bruising of the shaker. He reached for it and took a long sip.
'Excellent,' he said to the barman, 'but if you can get a vodka made with grain instead of potatoes, you will find it still better.'

So break out your Martini Shakers and toast one to Sir Connery tonight.  I know I will. 

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