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My absolute favorite scene involving Bond & M is the look on M's face after 007's pithy remark in GF when Bond is offered more of what Col. Smithers describes as "rather disappointing brandy" - M asks what's wrong with it, and Bond replies:
"I'd say it's a 30-year-old fine, indifferently blended ... with an overdose of bon bois."
Colonel Smithers is giving the lecture 007.
Lazenbys Bond had a fair few moments
It doesn't matter how many darn Q branch Omegas he sports or Astons he drives if he doesn't knowingly demonstrate a personal appreciation for the finer details in life......and it doesn't always have to be about the damn shaken martinis - that's where it became a cliche.
Connery, as always, did it best. I like the saki line in YOLT because I learned something. I didn't know there was an ideal temperature for it.
You can have all the 'grittiness' and all the fantastic fight scenes you want, but without the snobbery and sophistication, then the character is not a wholly accurate portrayal of Fleming's creation.
Connery and Moore were the best at this. Connery's are well-documented, but they also seemed entirely natural to Moore's Bond. Witness his dinner with Kristatos in FYEO. Rejecting the sentimental wine order of a white Ribolo from Kristatos' home of Catalonia - Bond's exquisite taste rarely yields to diplomacy - Bond instead orders the Theotaki Aspero. Kristatos' choice being "a little too scented for my palate."
I think the point is that the moments of superfluous indulgence that really enrich the novels are currently absent. Wearing Tom Ford and Omega is all well and good, but it's in the pursuit of luxury that we understand the character. It's ultimately much harder to translate to screen and justify that it is progressing the narrative, but it can and should be done more. I want to see more of Bond eating, drinking, smoking and having sex, all for the thrill.
Whether it was becoming unfashionable, but Dalton only had one elitist moment.
Bond: The brand on the list was questionable, so I took the liberty of choosing something else."
Unless attending the opera counts, then that's two.
In GoldenEye, Bond's line of "buy me a pint" always perplexes me. Does Bond drink Pints? I know its banter with Alex but seems out of character. Although then he goes on to flip open the compartment in the Aston to reveal the Chilled champagne - a cheesy though laugh out loud moment.
In TND - cant think of anything
TWINE - theres the scene in the caviar factory but it seems a missed opportunity. He could have made a remark about how Zukovskys caviar is inferior to "Royal beluga, north of the Caspian" for example.
DAD - Well he orders the 61 Bollinger. A name check.
CR - obvisouly this is a good one, and reinforces my opinion that Campbell really 'gets' Bonds character. We ahve the Drink ordering scene at the Casino, the caviar and champagne, and we see him eating caviar on toast after the card game. Again his gourmet credentials are hinted at on the Eurostar, but, not really.
QOS - cant think of anything
SF - An allusion with the Scotch shot off Severines head.
Spectre - I hear there is a scene on both ...
minor minor spoiler
Seems there are opportunities for food or drink name checking here.
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I also love "I was referring to the original vintage on which the sherry is based, sir" in reference to M's comment that a sherry has no year in DAF. What an arrogant sod.
An astute observation and distinction. Any goon with a fat wallet can buy a Rolex or nine, but cultural refinement, knowledge and taste are required to order the perfect wine with the Rhone-caught fish.
Also, Bond's Rolex happened to be Royal Navy issue at the time so it would make sense that he should wear one!
First to get the treatment should be Moonraker, where the first half of the episode is Bond and M at Blades, dining and bridging away :D
EDIT: @Scamp, welcome to the forum! Try to remember to use the "Edit" function to avoid multi-posting :)
Apart from TMWTGG when M asks Bond what he knows about Scaramanga and he says "not much" but then goes on to give a complete dossier of him, right down to the medical term for a extra nipple, finishing with a smirky glance back at M. Comes across as a right smug b*stard!
Rather more on topic though, I think EON need to reaffirm Bond as a bon vivant as this is an important part of his character. It may need a bit more work with Craig as he does tend to come off as a bit more blue-collar compared to Connery and Moore's effortless portrayal.
Without giving anything away, there seems to be a couple of scenes in SP where Bond could demonstrate his appreciation of the finer things in life so fingers crossed eh?