I remember people applauding in the cinema
So super-cool random Bond-y nerd fact — shaking a martini makes it colder faster but it also melts the ice, thus watering down the alcohol.
So all those times Bond specified that his drinks be shaken, not stirred, he was essentially diluting his alcohol (one can assume to allow him more of his senses).
Another fun fact: This man is gorgeous.
One other fun fact: as necessary context…
Fleming took an expert to lunch to find out how the proper Martini should be made. However, as was often the case with him when he was extending hospitality to a guest who was assisting him with research, the lunch itself became very alcoholic, and when Fleming later added Bond’s preferences for the drink to his prose work, he got it backwards. Martinis are properly stirred instead of shaken exactly to prevent this dilution. (Some experts also feel that only drinks containing both fruit juice and ice should be shaken, and that shaking in drinks that don’t contain juice “bruises the gin”. …Uh, okay.)
…But this kind of hiccup was nothing new. Fleming’s ask-a-guest notes were frequently compromised by the liquid component of his research lunches. And cf. this from Cyril Ray’s In A Glass Darkly:
…but then Ian Fleming (who was once my immediate superior, when he was Foreign Manager for Kemsley Newspapers, and I was the Moscow correspondent of the Sunday Times) knew nothing about wine, except what he was told when he rang up friends in the wine trade, and then usually [in print] got it wrong.
This should be added, though: in his essay “How To Write A Thriller”, Fleming says that “an independent character who knows what he wants and gets it” is a more interesting character than someone who wilts in the face of critique (or mere error). So maybe what we have here — in the books anyway, and by extension, the films — is Fleming sticking up for both himself and his character after the fact, and damn the experts.
Meanwhile, in other news: Daniel Craig is still gorgeous.