James Bond meets Franz Oberhauser tomorrow.
Or is he really the ultimate villain Blofeld? Either way, Christoph Waltz doubtless will make his encounter with Daniel Craig worthy of Hans Landa and Dr. King Schultz.
And "SPECTRE" itself is sure to shake and stir fans of the Bond franchise. There's even a new "M" to consider, as Judy Dench gives way to Ralph Fiennes.
Bollinger Champagne will appear in the new movie, as it has in 13 others. The 2009 SPECTRE Limited Edition Bollinger ($229) is a special cuvée with a very stylish design. Bollinger makes great Champagne.
Devotees of "Goldfinger," of course, will recall Sean Connery's Bond advising the soon-to-be-gilded Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton) that 1953 Dom Pérignon shouldn't be served above 38 degrees.
What 007 imbibes on-screen recently included Heineken beer, a product placement that might make you rethink the secret agent. Ian Fleming's novels and the films they've inspired often have different tastes.
His first vodka was Smirnoff. Now, he'll be linked to Belvedere. His first cocktail in print: an Americano. In "Dr. No," he's offered a medium-dry martini with lemon peel.
The Vesper martini of "Casino Royale," however, is the cocktail that counts, made with two measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, and one-half of Lillet before adding the lemon peel, and a nod to Eva Green.
But for those whose vintage Bond is Connery, impeccably tuxedoed at the baccarat table, the intense, coiled, finally spectacular 2005 Dom Pérignon ($159) is the essential beverage. It's a 9.