The Guardian published a Bond related piece yesterday linking to an article from its archives (when it was the Manchester Guardian), which criticised Ian Fleming’s writing; it also linked to Fleming’s response, which makes interesting reading, as he refers to what must be the Vesper, saying:
I proceeded to invent a cocktail for Bond (which I sampled several months later and found unpalatable).
So much for those bars that claim they helped Fleming formulate the Vesper. Perhaps Kingsley Amis was right when he said that Kina Lillet would make the drink too bitter; it’s difficult to know as Lillet Blanc is a very different drink.
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