So, we have debated Bond girls, but none of this would be possible without the genius of Fleming. He is like Hammett or Chandler, a C20th creator of the hard man sleuth, who is also a hard drinker. The movies are another genre, but after a Bond movie I hope every man in the audience walks out a foot taller. And, actually, I hope the same for every woman walking out of Wonder Woman.
‘The best drink of the day is just before the first one (the Red Stripe didn’t count). James Bond put ice in the glass and three fingers of the bourbon and swilled it round the glass to cool it and break it down with the ice.’
The Man with Golden Gun
(Fleming’s last Bond novel)