James Bond, the world’s most famous spy, may have an unusual connection to broccoli.
Yes, the vegetables. The Bond films are currently being produced by Barbara Broccoli and her half-brother, Michael G. Wilson.
Broccoli’s father, Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli, was the original producing co-founder of the Bond franchise and propelled Ian Fleming’s literary series into a cinematic giant.
While many might assume that the broccoli family name perhaps came after the vegetable, the family actually claims it is the vegetable that is named after them.
Earlier this week, writer Dana Schwartz tweeted an excerpt from a 1989 LA times Interview with Cubby, in which he writes: “I feel like people don’t talk enough about how James Bond is controlled by the Broccoli family, who are famous for broccoli. They are not named after broccoli, broccoli is named after them!!!!!!!!”
She added: “Imagine your family produces James Bond and that’s NOT the most famous thing you’ve done.”
In the original article, Cubby says that his father Giovanni and brother immigrated to Long Island from Calabria at the turn of the 20th century.
According to Cubby, citing his wife Dana’s research, they descended from the broccoli of Carrera, which first crossed cauliflower and raven to produce the dark green, thick-stemmed vegetable known as broccoli.
It was this vegetable that supported her in the United States when Giovanni’s brother started a broccoli farm.
While Schwartz’s tweet quickly garnered over 16,000 likes, many have pointed out that the vegetable’s origin is disputed.
According to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, the word broccoli comes from the Italian plural of broccolo, meaning “the flowering comb of a cabbage.”
Meanwhile, Ancestry.com states that the name is derived from a grower or seller of the vegetable.
Broccoli – the Barbara variety – is currently on the hunt for the next 007 after Daniel Craig hung up his tuxedo.
Whoever it is, they have to be ready for a “10-12 year commitment,” she said.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/barbara-broccoli-james-bond-family-b2173347.html The broccoli family behind James Bond also claims to be behind the vegetable