James Bond’s Christmas

Red wine

In the novel On Her Majesty’s Secret Service we get to share Christmas Day with 007 after his narrow escape from Piz Gloria.

He visits M’s house to report on Blofeld’s activities and is served roast turkey, plum pudding, a small  glass of old Marsala and most of a bottle of a bad Algerian wine that M refers to as “Infuriator”.

Interestly enough “Infuriator” is also mentioned in a Spectator article (If I Were Prime Minister) in which Ian Fleming discussed doing away with the “expense-account aristocracy” (a theme touched upon by Bond on occasion), in which he describes it as “Algerian ‘Infuriator’ (otherwise known as ‘Instant’ Burgundy)”.

I hope you have a very happy Christmas and spend the day more relaxedly that 007 and M did that year.

David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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