Fortunately Casino Royale (1967) rises to the occasion. In this early satirical take on the Ian Fleming novel (remade with a straight face in 2006), Peter Sellers (below) plays Evelyn Tremble, one of a small army of agents assigned by the real James Bond (David Niven) to impersonate him: driving fast cars, dallying with beautiful women, assassinating spies, and, of course, drinking champagne.
Arriving in France and headed to the baccarat table to go head to head with SMERSH operative Le Chiffre (Orson Welles), Tremble is first waylaid by an enemy agent (Jacqueline Bisset, above) and a bottle of bubbly.
“You’ve got your cork still in your bottle,” Tremble observes. “Yes,” Miss Goodthighs purrs.
Evelyn tells her to stick her arm out and he points his gun at the cork, removing it cleanly in a single shot. She pours him a glass and they move to the bed.
Although 007 is famous for his preference for vodka martinis “shaken not stirred,” according to a website called Make mine a 007… Bond actually sips more champagne on screen than any other drink: Over the course of 22 films, he’s said to consume 35 glasses of champagne but a mere 22 martinis. We’re glad someone’s keeping score.