It’s one of his trademark lines in the Ian Fleming books and 007 films, but what if there is more than meets the eye with James Bond’s martini order of “shaken not stirred”? After all, the cocktail is most often stirred in real-life and shaking the drink causes the ice to melt quicker thus watering down the alcohol. But what if Bond has been doing this on purpose all along?
That’s what a popular new fan theory with over two-and-a-half-thousand upvotes on Reddit argues.
Theorist The VileFlibertigibet writes: “I theorise that Bond is ordering a weak drink deliberately so as to make it seem like he is drinking more than he actually is.
“This is because Bond is almost always on duty in both the books and films and needs to keep his wits about him.
“Either to defend himself or not blab all his secrets to the bartender, but sometimes he will need to drink to maintain his cover.”
They wrote: “He says he developed his drinking habits to deal with cheap, potentially unsafe vodka available in the field that he eventually learned to love.
“The shaken vodka martini makes such vodka more palatable.
“He also sometimes puts pepper in vodka to – according to superstition – soak up the toxins in badly made liquor.
“He makes a big show of ordering the perfect drink for the occasion some of the time but otherwise, left to his own devices, drinks huge amounts of harsh vodka like the world is ending because he doesn’t really give a s*** and wants to get drunk.”
Earlier this Daniel Craig admitted to Empire that a line where Bond orders a martini in the Casino Royale script persuaded him to take on the role.
The 007 star said: “One of the biggest reasons I did Casino Royale is the line, ‘A vodka martini, please.’ ‘Shaken or stirred?’
“My reply was written in the script as, ‘Do I look like I give a f***?’ And that’s it.
“That’s the reason I did it. Because what I could not do, and what I refused to do, was repeat what had gone before. What was the f***ing point?”