Celebrate Valentine's in Bond-Inspired Style
02.13.13 by Mandy
Enjoy some wine, don some fabulous black-tie attire, and spend a romantic night in with your sweetheart and a double-oh spy.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is the only Bond movie where James really finds true love. So even though the love story doesn’t have the happiest ending, it’s the perfect Bond for Valentine’s, and luckily, Reelz is airing it on February 14th as part of our month of Bond movies. And since James had some profound success at romancing the ladies, it only makes sense to take some cues from the British agent to add some romance to your Valentine’s plans.
Get in on the Romance
First, dress up. Bond knows the importance of dressing sharp, so if a dinner jacket or an impeccably tailored suit seems overly formal for a night in, a nice shirt and some trousers will add something special to an evening in. For the ladies, Bond girls tend to wear a dress that is either backless, low-cut, or quite short. However, avoid a dress that's all three, because a short, low-cut, backless dress could easily make even the classiest lady look trashy.
Second, eat well. The movies never really delve into what Bond eats, but when we do hear him order something, it always sounds delicious. George Lazenby’s 007 ordered caviar and recieved "Royal Beluga - north of the Caspian," and while a delicacy like that is probably delicious, it's also probably going to put an awfully big dent in the pocketbook (as well as the sturgeon population). There are alternatives though, such as affordable and sustainably produced fish roes that go well with sparkling wine. Also, depending on the preferences of your sweetheart, keep in mind that there are plenty of people who'd rather not eat fish eggs and would just have some chocolate-covered strawberries with their champagne. That brings us to the next step:
Drink some bubbly. Bond is a man of exquisite tastes, and he likes to pair his caviar with some champagne. Recently he's been ordering Bollinger, but in Her Majesty's Secret Service he goes for Dom Perignon. Either will set you back a pretty penny, but there is no shortage of domestically produced sparkling wines available for those of us who don't have a virtually unlimited MI6 expense account. Also, it might be tempting to have martinis as well as sparkling wine for a Bond-themed evening, but we don't recommend it. We've found that the combination results in some undesirable after effects.
Finally, smell like Bond. Tracy Bond. For any lady who wants to smell like Bond’s one true love, or any fella that wants to give the gift of one of Bond’s favorite fragrances, consider purchasing a classic perfume. In Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Tracy (Diana Rigg) wears Guerlain’s L’Heure Bleue, a scent that Bond instantly recognizes. Though Bond rarely has to do anything so ordinary as buy a young lady a gift, a On Her Majesty's Secret Service-related perfume selection will really add a nice touch to a Bond-themed Valentine's celebration.
So there it is — a plan that James Bond himself would approve of. Be sure to catch Lazenby's romantic take on the British super spy at 6:30pm ET on February 14th.