While most of us ponder who the next James Bond would be (I very much would like to see Idris Elba take on the popularly stylish role), what better way to honour 6 decades of the film franchise than with a collaboration with an innovative whisky brand that shares a Scottish background? The Macallan has released a collection comprising six limited edition bottles encasing a single malt whisky in unique packs, each featuring an original illustrative design and colour to denote the decade it represents. The distinctive packaging brings to life the creative development process of the films in a behind the scenes exploration of the James Bond archives.
Created by The Macallan Master Whisky Maker, Kirsteen Campbell, the single malt whisky aims to reflect the enduring character of James Bond, a force of nature defined by his Scottish heritage, who carries himself with modesty and humility. It sports a natural colour of Suisse gold and an ABV of 43.7% as an homage to James Bond’s agent number, 007 and is consistent across all six packs in the collection.
Let's get a little into the background of our beloved fictional British Secret Service agent, shall we? Born to a Scottish father, Andrew Bond from Glencoe and a Swiss mother, Monique Delacroix from the Canton de Vaud, he spent much of his childhood at Skyfall Lodge – his family’s Scottish Estate in Glencoe. In recent years, The Macallan became the titular character's choice of whisky as an ode to his love for the finer things in life—as seen in Skyfall, when James Bond (played by Daniel Craig) drinksThe Macallan Fine & Rare 1962 as an ode to the 50th anniversary of the franchise.
Beyond the exceptional collection of whisky bottles in honour of the anniversary, The Macallan also created a series of immersive experiences including an exhibition at The Macallan Estate, called The Macallan in Cinema. The exhibition takes viewers through The Macallan’s history on film and transport them through the six decades of James Bond. A selection of films from across the years will also be shown at The Macallan Estate during a series of exclusive screenings.
Discover The Macallan James Bond 60th Anniversary Release here.