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Jack Daniel's Whiskey

Jack Daniel's
Jack Daniel's
photo © Bond Lifestyle
photo © Jack Daniel's
Jack Daniel's bottle as seen in M's office in GoldenEye
photo © Jack Daniel's

Bond drinks Jack Daniel's in the novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Ian Fleming, 1963), the novel You Only Live Twice (Ian Fleming, 1964) and in the movie GoldenEye (1995).

In the movie GoldenEye Bond is drinking Jack Daniel's whiskey with M in her office. The bottle can be seen on the counter, at around 49 minutes into the movie. it looks like M and Bond drink from Duralex tumblers.

The name is not mentioned, but the drink is only referred to as 'bourbon', which technically is incorrect since Jack Daniel's is a Tennessee Whiskey, produced in a different way than a Bourbon Whiskey: Tennessee whiskeys are charcoal filtered for several days.

M: Would you care for a drink?
007: Your predessesor kept some cognac in the top drawer of...
M: I prefer Bourbon. Ice?
007: Yes.

In the novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Bond pours himself "a stiff Jack Daniel's sourmash bourbon on the rocks and added some water" (Ian Fleming, 1963), when he is in Draco's office.

In the novel You Only Live Twice, Bond orders a "pint of Jack Daniels" (Ian Fleming, 1964) with a double portion of eggs Benedict in his hotel room in Kyoto.

In the movie The Living Daylights, a bottle of Jack Daniel's can be spotted very briefly in the boat where Bond meets up with his CIA friend Felix Leiter. They don't drink the Jack, but instead Leiter grabs a bottle of Jim Beam.

About Jack Daniel's
Jack Daniel's is a brand of Tennessee whiskey that is among the world's best-selling liquors and is known for its square bottles and black label. It has been prominently featured in movies, songs, and novels, and is strongly linked to rock and roll, country music, American biker culture, Jimmy Page, Frank Sinatra, Keith Richards, Lemmy, Nikki Sixx and Slash.

Thanks to Terrence for the alert

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Summer Essentials 2024


Jack Daniel's is a decent whiskey, but Maker's Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is the next level up.

And here was I thinking that James Bond rank Old Gandad.

Jack and James. My two best friends who will surely get you into mischief and both look brilliant in black and white.

No Aleks, just no. Jack Daniels blows MM out of the water.

In fact, I'd rather drink EW then MM. I don't understand MM's following, to each his own I guess.

Actually guys, Jack Daniels is far over rated, Makers Mark is way over appreciated, and Evan Williams is simply misunderstood because of its love price. Next time your at the liquor store try some Evan Williams Single Barrel blows all of the above out of the water, give it a shot, you WONT be disappointed.

Jack Daniel's is not bourbon.

It is Tennessee Whiskey.

There is a difference.

Yes, there is a difference. Tennesse Whiskey is a straight bourbon produced in Tennessee, not in Kentucky. That's the difference!
The difference is that Jack Daniels is filtered and slight caramel flavor is added. Bourbon can only be flavored by the pine barrels during the aging process. Adding anything is against the Kentucky law that gives it the official name. Tennessee Sour Mash and bourbon are cousins in style and make, but I was put out that M would call JD a bourbon. Better than brandy though!
I don't think you can call Jack overrated -- it is often regarded as poor quality but popular. I don't begrudge any whiskey its success, but if I am going Tennessee, I prefer George Dickel. I think Jack tastes like cigarette ash. But the beauty of whiskey is how different the same one can be to different people. One nerdy correction: bourbon has to be finished in new American oak, not pine. The law that defines bourbon isn't a Kentucky law; it is a national law, and internationally agreed upon, same as scotch or champagne. As mentioned by other commenters, the difference between bourbon and Tennessee whiskey is small, but it is a difference. It doesn't bug me that M would call Jack a bourbon -- he's English, after all, and might not know any better. Most people don't. But Bond as a stickler for such things, especially after his time in Kentucky, should have corrected his boss! :) If anyone wants to pick at it, I wrote an article about the literary Bond's love of whiskey:
on license to kill when he meets Felix leiter in his boat,jack daniels appear in the background

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