I have a confession: I don't like trailers. I walk out of the room when they come on at home, and I avoid them in the theaters. But, the new Skyfall trailer, released today, is as good an example of one as I've seen. Plenty of exciting imagery, enough of the story to get you intrigued without giving it all away, and, Q!!
The last two films, while great, were entirely Q-less. According to Collider.com, Daniel Craig was concerned about the lack of the iconic scenes with the gadget-bearing character, so Q has been restored. He's now played by Australian actor Ben Whishaw, who is the youngest to ever take the role.
To celebrate, we're providing three Bond martini recipes. The collection includes one that was, 007's own variation, the Vesper, first described in the 1953 novel Casino Royale. Ever wonder why Bond insists that his cocktails are shaken? Stirring melts more of the ice, leading to a watered-down drink.
- 3 parts Gordon's gin
- 1 part vodka (preferably Polish or Russian)
- 1/2 part Kina Lillet
- thin twist of lemon peel
Shaken the spirits with ice until quite cold. Strain into a deep champagne goblet. Garnish with lemon peel.
Classic Dry Vodka Martini (adapted from Epicurious)
- 2 1/2 ounces vodka
- 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
- lemon peel
Shake the spirits with ice. Serve in a martini glass with lemon.
Classic Martini (adapted from Epicurious)
- 2 1/2 ounces gin
- 1/2 ounce vermouth
- 1 olive
You get the picture, right? Shake it, don't stir. Pour into a martini glass, and top with the olive.
Got your cocktail in hand? Enjoy it with the Skyfall trailer below:
Photo: David Newman