Although an early reviewer labelled Ian Fleming’s books “sex, snobbery and sadism”, an article in The Independent re-evaluates 007’s relationship with food and drink.
The article asks whether rather than being a snob he was instead a prototype foodie, loving to eat local, fresh produce wherever he finds himself in the world and dismissive of anything that had been close to a freezer. The article says:
But as Britain gears up for a Bond bonanza this year with the 50th anniversary of Dr No hitting our screens and the release of the 23rd film in the franchise, perhaps it is time for re-evaluation: rather than being a snob exhibiting some of the worst traits of Britain’s upper crust, was James Bond in fact the prototype foodie?
The James Bond Dossier was consulted about this piece and so we get a good plug in the article.