Saturday, November 15, 2008

Shaken, not stirred.

I saw Quantum of Solace yesterday, and there was one scene that stood out. Instead of Bond giving explicit directions to a bartender which seems to happen in every Bond flick, this film had a scene that served as a foil to those other "shaken, not stirred" moments. He sits alone in First Class on a flight from Italy to Bolivia, drowning his sorrows over his loss of Vesper. His friend joins him at the bar, sees him with the martini glass, and asks what he's drinking. Bond, who is tired and buzzed, admits that he's had seven and can't recall the ingredients. So the bartender, who is peeling another lemon wedge for drink number eight, answers for him. Behold the Vesper Martini which Bond invents in Casino Royale:

  • Three portions of Gordon's gin,
  • one portion of vodka
  • a half-portion of Kina Lillet (pronounced lee-LAY) vermouth, now known as Lillet Blanc
  • and a slice of lemon peel.

And of course it's shaken, not stirred. Does anyone really stir martinis anymore?

Here are some gratuitious photos of Mr. Craig that have nothing to do with martinis, but who cares?

Want to look like this while sipping your martini, gentlemen? The workout that trainer and ex-Royal Marine Simon Waterson put together for Daniel is the following;

• Clean & Press
• Squat
• Bench Press (super-setted with push ups)
• Chins
• Dips
• Bicep Curls
• Lateral Rotation (L-Flys)

Four sets (one of them being a warm up) of each exercise with reps and weight varying over the six week programme. In order to maximise fat burning effect, Simon suggests moving from one exercise to another with minimum rest periods. Also, the time between sets should also be kept to a strict minimum.

Repeat 3 – 4 times a week.


galleristas said...

yes, this happens because James Bond is not just yet the 007 we all know. He is still a character being formed as the new 2 films with Daniel Craig show the early life of the Britt agent. I saw the movie too. It was not as good as the first one. It seemed to me as a bad replica of a Jason Borne film. Where is miss Moneypenny really???

galleristas said...

Thank you,too, for taking the time visiting my blog. Many posts are in greek but there are some also in english. Cheers