Rewriting Bond

Ian Fleming died 50 years ago next month, but in 1953 he penned a novel that not only created a world-famous fictional character—a character that millions of men have since aspired to be—but also a cocktail and a specific way of ordering it that has remained ingrained in popular culture. James Bond and his Vesper martini may be infamous (click here for a story on that specific cocktail), but what if Fleming had never written that cocktail into his stories? What if he had never defined his iconic character’s pr…

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