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Remember my friends Angela and Gordon? They are the super organized couple who put on incredible theme parties for 8 of their lucky friends (remember Titanic 100th Anniversary and The Truman Capote Black and White Ball?). Well, they did it again and a few weeks ago we were invited to their James Bond 60th Anniversary Party. We had a lot of fun with this theme. First I had to figure out who to be (yes, we were all encouraged to come in full costume!) So I googled it and found this really cool quiz. Now I already had an idea who I wanted to be, but the quiz absolutely nailed it and YES I would be Paris Carver that night! Paris was the wife of the evil Media Mogul in Tomorrow Never Dies. But she had also been Mr. Bond’s lover (but then who hadn’t?). JT decided to be Francisco Scaramanga from the Man with the Golden Gun and he did a great job in fashioning a rather authentic looking golden gun. It was a dinner party hosted by M and Mr. James Bond and thank you Donald “Red” Grant for the fabulous photography and Q for keeping the hors d’œuvres constantly coming. It was a very tasty evening.

The Menu:

Drunken Devils on Horseback (Nigella Lawson)
Minted Zucchini Soup (Jamie Oliver)
Arugula and Watercress Salad (inspired by a Williams Sonoma recipe)
Beefsteak and Mushroom Pie with Smashed Potatoes and Yorkshire Puddings
(stew modified version of a John Cordeaux/Royal York recip /puddings – Good Housekeeping circa 1980s)
Sticky Toffee Pudding (old recipe from a friend)
Libations:
  Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore 2012
  Thwaites Lancaster Bomber Ale (winner of the Best English Ale at the European Beer Star Awards)
  Chateau Timberlay Bordeau Superieur 2010
  Pere et Fils Chardonnay Laurent Miquel 2012
  Assorted Liqueurs/Port/Single Malt Scotch

The Cast:

James Bond M

Our generous hosts M and Mr. James Bond (complete with English accent)

Table
The table was beautifully set and we each had a “Classified Dossier” in front of our seats.
Donald Red Grant Q

Donald “Red” Grant and Q (who had a few tricks up his sleeve!)

TheDetails

It’s all in the details. Yes, those are bullets in the vase.

Dr.No HoneyRyder

Dr. Julius No & Honey Ryder
(they bought their costumes in Hong Kong on a recent trip to celebrate a benchmark birthday).

ErnestStavroBlofeld Jinx

Ernst Stavro Blofeld & Jinx.
Ernst was sufficiently creepy with his bunny (remember it was originally a creepy cat)

Auric Goldfinger and Pussy Galore

Auric Goldfinger and Pussy Galore

ScaramangaParisCarver

Francisco Scaramanga and Paris Carver
(Apparently Paris always had a champagne glass in hand, which I was perfectly happy to do!)

To give you an example of how much detail my friend M went into this is my Classified Bio, for your eyes only!

PARIS CARVER

Terri Hatcher Eva Taylor

Location: Hamburg, Germany.

Characteristics: Sophisticated, cosmopolitan, unhappy, pining for Bond.

Hobbies/Interests: James Bond. Sipping her husband’s (British media baron Elliot Carver) champagne. Prior to that drank straight shots of tequila. Lying to her husband about her relationship with Bond.

Associations: No known associations.

Scars/Notable Features: Possible scarring on hand from slapping Bond for abandoning her years earlier. Often carrying champagne flute.

Relationship with MI6: Described as “too close for comfort” by Bond. After spending a passionate evening together, Carver led Bond to her husband’s secret lab.

Status: Presumed assassinated by hitman Dr. Kaufman after her husband learned of her betrayal. Most recently spotted sipping champagne in Toronto, New York, Chicago, and Paris.

Dinner1
We were all quite taken back with the amount of detail in each of our dossiers.
Dinner2

There were detailed character descriptions in each folder.

Francisco Scaramanga

We took a couple of photos at home before we left.

ParisCarver

Can you believe it, I picked up my dress from Value Village and made a few alterations. Damn thing left sparkles all over the house!

Thanks again to M and Mr. James Bond for making such a memorable evening.

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