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Vodka Martini? Shaken, not stirred…

By: Mark Cerulli
Published:
2015-11-04
SPECTRE is notable for its first rate performance by Daniel Craig, gorgeous photography, stunning Bond Girls and two of the best villains Bond has faced in many a year. But there’s one more reason to celebrate – Bond is back enjoying the sophisticated drink he made famous – the vodka martini, and now he’s drinking Belvedere.

FSWL was on the guest list at a special SPECTRE screening and vodka bash the night after the glamorous royal premiere. It was a risky assignment, but being a martini aficionado, I was willing to try it!

The venue was Loulou’s a very hot private club in Mayfair, taken over for the evening by Belvedere. Waiters in Day of the Dead attire circulated, while bartenders prepared rounds of deliciously cold Belvedere martinis. Those rounds went quickly when the young, trendy crowd arrived from the screening. The bar quickly became 3 or 4 deep, but the mood remained upbeat and fun, nobody pushed or got unruly. They had, after all, enjoyed a great film, were dining on chicken skewers and spring rolls, and were being treated to one of THE top vodkas on the market. The phrase “Vodka flowed like water” might be overused, but here it definitely applied! A Belvedere martini is very easy to drink, with a smooth, not overpowering taste. Just to make sure, this agent tried a second one! The party continued long after I worked my way out of the club at 12:30 at night.

Bond fans and collectors can bring the SPECTRE glamor home as Belvedere has released several highly collectable 007 branded bottles, including a 1.75L limited edition Silver Sable bottle that must be seen (and sipped) to be believed. Also look for their limited edition Martini set with 007-etched glasses. If you’ve never tried a Bond Martini – NOW is the perfect time!

Written by Mark Cerulli © 2015 From Sweden with Love

Editor's note:
After years with HBO/Cinemax, Mark Cerulli formed his own company, Covert Operations, Inc. where he has done a number of docus, promos and industrial videos. Over the years, Mark has conducted over 120 celebrity interviews including Bond alumni Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Caroline Munro, Honor Blackman, Famke Janssen, Guy Hamilton and Ralph Fiennes.

In the 1990's he worked on DVD projects such as The Making of Goldfinger (1964) (wrote and co-produced a 23 minute documentary on the filming of the 007 classic) and The Making of Thunderball (1965) (including a 26 minute documentary on the historic 1965 Bond film). He also wrote, produced & directed Halloween: Unmasked for Anchor Bay Entertainment, as well as DVD docs on Halloween 4 and 5. More recently he wrote and produced content for the EPIX movie channel, including Twist & Shout: The SAW Story.

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