We are delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of Shaken: Drinking with James Bond and Ian Fleming, which will be published by Mitchell Beazley (part of the Octopus Publishing Group) on 6th September.
From the very first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in which 007 christens The Vesper, to the immortal lines, ‘shaken and not stirred’, which first appeared in print in Diamonds Are Forever, strong, carefully crafted cocktails are at the glamorous heart of every Bond story. Shaken explores James Bond creator Ian Fleming’s writings on the pleasures of drinking, the stories behind the Bond phenomenon and drinks inspired by 007 and his creator. There are ten classic cockatils from the pages of the Bond novels, including the favoured Martini, plus 40 brand-new recipes paying tribute to the people, places and plots of the 007 series. Georgia Grimond from the Ian Fleming Estate has described Ian Fleming’s passion for the subject, ‘Fleming was a stickler for well made and delicious things in life. Long before many others, he was writing in detail about how best to enjoy a good drink so it has been a delight to bring his writing, expertise and ingenious names to new audiences as well as those that know him and Bond well.’
The cocktails have been created by the co-founders of the award-winning bar, Swift. In 2016 Edmund Weil (who is related to Fleming) and his wife Rosie Stimpson, the duo behind celebrated London speakeasies Nightjar and Oriole, teamed up with bar industry legends Bobby Hiddleston and Mia Johansson to open Bar Swift in Soho. It has achieved early renown, picking up the Time Out Best New Bar award in its first year. Weil is proud to be part of the project, ‘Ian Fleming was a truly discerning drinker, as evidenced by the palpable relish with which he writes about food and drink in the Bond novels. Its been a pleasure and an honour to revive this enthusiasm in Shaken, through the contemporary lens of today’s burgeoning cocktail culture.’
The book also includes an introduction by Ian Fleming’s nephew, Fergus Fleming. Alison Starling from Mitchell Beazley commented, ‘It has been a huge privilege to work with the Ian Fleming Estate on this the first official James Bond cocktail book and bringing the award-winning team from Bar Swift into the mix has only added to the quality (and enjoyment) of the project.’
Shaken offers both a dazzling selection of delicious cocktails and a glorious celebration of Fleming’s writing on a subject he was fascinated by. We look forward to releasing this book to the world in September.