James Bond fans worldwide were both “shaken and stirred” recently by news that the sophisticated MI6 agent will forgo his usual shaken vodka martini in favor of a Heineken beer in “Skyfall,” the 23rd Bond film.
This high profile product placement deal netted the production a frothy $45 million.
Filmmakers often go where the money is, something that current Bond star Daniel Craig would likely agree with.
Despite the financial impetus behind the deal, Craig told Moviefone that the Heineken sponsorship is still true to Bond’s character.
“The great thing is that Bond is a drinker. He always has been. It’s part of who he is, and—rightly or wrongly—you can make your own judgment about it. Having a beer is no bad thing, in the movie it just happens to be Heineken.”
But what if 007 had been a teetotaler? What tea would he drink?
We know Bond referred to British tea as “mud” and claimed it was partly responsible for the downfall of the British Empire.
No teabags for 007 and certainly not anything his grandmother would drink. His cup of tea would have to be exotic, certainly green or oolong, and probably originating in China or Taiwan.
Caution! A discerning screen writer must know that 007 would not have time to savor a floral Ti Kwan Yin before a sharp-toothed villain crept up behind him, somewhere between infusion three and four, in order to take advantage of Bond’s blissful state of mind.
I say 007 would drink a Jasmine Pearl green tea in a delicate porcelain gaiwan. It shows impeccable refinement, exemplifies his ties to the East, and calls attention to his feminine side—something no well-schooled femme fatale can resist.
What’s your choice for a perfect tea for Ian Fleming’s hero? Tell me your selection and why it matches the polished personaof the world’s greatest spy.
Tea Maestro Bruce Richardson has been a lifelong devotee of Bond films, beginning with Goldfinger, which was filmed near his Kentucky hometown while he was in middle school.