Scrambled, not Baked
The breakfasts of James Bond
The favourite meal of James Bond is, without any doubt, the breakfast. It was also the favourite meal of the day of Jan Fleming, the creator of 007.
He made the breakfast not only “Bond’s favourite meal”, but also “an important part of Bond’s day”. That ain’t just rhetorically speaking.
Amongst the 500 meals, mentioned in the whole Bond saga, 115 of them are breakfasts, 80 of those described in appetizing details.
Whenever Bond is at home, his breakfast always consists of a single perfectly boiled egg, baked bread with jam and coffee. His attendant takes care of his home’s cleanliness, keeping the kitchen and all the other rooms in pristine condition. That means, in order to serve a perfectly cooked meal, the cooking appliances must be in great shape. Cleaning the oven in a professional way, polishing its hobs well is an important part into assuring not-burnt and freshly flavoured breakfast.
“It was always one and the same” (From Russia With Love).
Naturally, as a gourmand, Bond wouldn’t consume a regular egg or whatever kind of jam or coffee – he’s always had high standards.
The egg should be delivered by a French hen Maran, spotted, with brownish colour, and boiled exactly 3 minutes and 20 seconds. The baked slice of bread should definitely be whole-grained, buttered with Jersey, with three sets of jams available – strawberry Tiptree “Little Scarlet”, marmalade Coopers Vintage Oxford and Norwegian honey. You might think that the best way to bake bread is in a toaster, but think again – if you do it in a clean oven, you will get a nice and even browning.
Whenever Bond is in London, the coffee should be from De Bry on New Oxford Street and served only in Menton mugs.
The monotonous tone of Bond’s breakfast in London sharply differs from what he consumes anywhere else.
Maybe because he simply eats boiled eggs, because his home attendant can supply those special eggs from a friends, as we learn in From Russia With Love, or just because she’s more skilled in egg boiling, rather than cooking them in the oven or any other way.
In any case, whenever he’s on a mission, Bond’s breakfast meals are rich and varied.
Without any doubt, his favourite breakfast on the go are stirred eggs, regardless of whether we speak about stirred eggs with bacon on a buttered bread in his Berlin apartment in Octopussy and The Living Daylights; the four stirred eggs with half a dozen cut non-smoky-flavoured bacon in hotel ‘Dorchester” in Solo, or the feast of freshly scrambled eggs in the horse farm of Tylan in Southern France in Never Dream of Dying.
We can see other types of breakfast, too: smoky fish and Indian rice in University Arms in Cambridge; cooled papaya, sprinkled with lime juice in Blue Mountains, Jamaica; and 25 breakfast meals in his hotel room, including one in Kristal Palas in Istanbul, containing yoghurt and “peeled green figs, beaming with ripeness” (From Russia With Love).
On the isle of Curo, Japan, he generally has breakfast on the entrance door of his house. His diet contains primarily soy cheese, rice, pemmican and tea. The egg here is present only once (You Only Live Twice). One of the attendants on-the-call takes care of the hygiene in that house regularly, too, and especially, the kitchen and oven, as one of the most used appliances.
In a little eatery near the fish market Tsukiji, Tokyo, Bond has breakfast with sushi with several pieces of tuna, salmon and caviar, plus tekka maki, tuna rolled in seaweed and kappa maki roll. Naturally, with cucumber. (The Man with the Red Tattoo).
In Nepal he eats in camps on his way up Kanchenjunga and only mentions yoghurt, without any eggs (High Time to Kill). All those breakfasts in Asia stand quite far from his favourite meals, that, when he’s served scrambled eggs in Taplejung, Nepal, he is pleasantly surprised, even though they weren’t cooked according to his special requirements (High Time to Kill).
Where are Bond’s girls during that time of the day?
They appear many times he has breakfast – 23 in total – but not the ways you imagine. Many women spent the night at his home, but only one Bond girl – Flicka, had breakfast in his London apartment. In 25 cases, on the other hand, whenever he has breakfast in his hotel room, a Bond girl’s been there only three times.
More often, the Bond girls have breakfast with 007 when he is on an assignment, for example, in the officer canteen in Northanger, Italy, where he has breakfast with Clover Pennington, or in his asylum in Seville, Spain, where he and Flicka share freshly oven-baked muffins and jam. While he is on a mission in San Francisco in Brokenclaw, he spends the night in Chi-Chi-Sui’s appartment, a CIA agent.
They stay up late and have a calm and lengthy breakfast with orange juice, eggs, bacon and waffles with natural maple syrup, after that they take a shower and go back to bed.
One of the most memorable breakfasts with Bond girls happens on the Zurich airport, a place, which, according to Bond, is depressing.
Having a dinner with Tracy just after escaping Blofeld’s lair, he orders a ton of scrambled eggs and coffee, and it suddenly occurs to him: “I’ll never find a girl like that. She has everything I’ve ever looked into a woman”.
“Tracy, I love you”, he states. “Will you marry me?” His offer was probably coming for a while, but why did he do it at breakfast time on the unromantic airport in Zurich?
Maybe because of the joy he fulfilled the mission, but, no wonder if the effect of his favourite breakfast took over.
Whenever Bond faces death, what does he eat?
In Live and Let Die, desperately trying to evade Mister Big’s clutch and his henchmen, Bond orders room service in St. Regis in New York: pineapple juice, cornflakes, eggs, baked in a cleansed stove and bacon, oven-baked bread with jam and double espresso. When delivered, he realises he ordered the rich breakfast of a person facing death.
That notes one of the few times, when Bond eats cereal and the only time he has baked eggs. Most of the time, he prefers his eggs scrambled, not baked.