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    In DBC Pierres book Lights out in Wonderland (set in the culinary world) the main character carries a bottle of Jicky with him , which he drinks from occasionally.

    In Bone in the Throat by Anthony Bourdain, the main mobster lathers himself with Bijan For Men before going out.

    Any others?

    Or fragrances mentioned or spotted in films?

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    In the third episode of Season 3 Sherlock, (on PBS), a plot point hinges on the fact that two women wear the same perfume. This leads Sherlock to name the wrong woman in one of his deductions, based on the perfume he smells. Alas, it is a fictional perfume.
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    Cited already a few times in threads:
    Belle de jour: the character played by Deneuve drops and crashes a clock bottle of Mitsouko. Bad things follow.
    Sunset boulevard: there's a bottle of narcisse noir
    Black narcissus: an old english movie. the title comes from the name of a perfume that a maharadjah (or similar) douses on his handkerchief and is caught by some nuns and a local poor girl. Again, bad things follow. (The perfume is fictional, but the name clearly recalls, again, narcisse noir)

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    In the film Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (1991) the female protagonist Michèle (Juliette Binoche) mentions that she never liked Bandit.
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    In David Hare's 2011 spy thriller, 'Page 8', Bill Nighy's character catches a whiff of fragrance on a female friend and purrs 'Mmmm, Bel-Ami?', to which she nods. That struck me as a little odd: both for the fact that he recognised it (let's face it, there aren't many frag-spotters amongst us), and because she was wearing a scent not usually considered unisex. Hence why I have remembered it for 3 years

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marais View Post
    In David Hare's 2011 spy thriller, 'Page 8', Bill Nighy's character catches a whiff of fragrance on a female friend and purrs 'Mmmm, Bel-Ami?', to which she nods. That struck me as a little odd: both for the fact that he recognised it (let's face it, there aren't many frag-spotters amongst us), and because she was wearing a scent not usually considered unisex. Hence why I have remembered it for 3 years
    Extremely interesting choice!

    My initial guess would either be that he loved the fragrance name, and used it just for that, or that he realized it would make the woman more suspicious or intriguing, for her choice of a "man's" perfume.
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    Extremely interesting choice!

    My initial guess would either be that he loved the fragrance name, and used it just for that, or that he realized it would make the woman more suspicious or intriguing, for her choice of a "man's" perfume.
    Bill Nighy played a long-serving MI5 officer, so I suppose he might be expected to be particularly observant. I can't remember much about the female character, I don't think she had a prominent part (oooh missus etc). I suspect it was a blunder TBH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marais View Post
    Bill Nighy played a long-serving MI5 officer, so I suppose he might be expected to be particularly observant. I can't remember much about the female character, I don't think she had a prominent part (oooh missus etc). I suspect it was a blunder TBH.
    Blunder sounds about right! Either that or some editor said "Forget <whatever>! Has to be easy French. Where's that alphabetical list of fragrances? Bel-Ami! Done!"

    Or maybe somebody was named Bellamy, and it was an inside joke!
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    I think in the Bond film of the 2006 "Casino Royale," Vesper Lynd, played by Eva Green is wearing Melograno by Santa Maria Novella. James Bond, played by Daniel Craig, identifies it on her when he appraises her in spy-fashion.
    "No elegance is possible without it...perfume is a part of you." Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel

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    In Michael Chabon's novel Wonder Boys, Cristalle makes appearances throughout the novel as the chosen fragrance of several characters. One wonders who in Chabon's real life wore/wears Cristalle - the reader gets the impression the author has an intimate personal connection with the perfume.
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    Hannibal Lecter - '... sometimes you wear L'Air du Temps - but not today' to Clarice in Silence of the Lambs.

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    In Barbara Block's novel Scent of Murder, a character who is a potential suspect, gives a case breaking clue to investigators when he applies too much Aramis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    In Barbara Block's novel Scent of Murder, a character who is a potential suspect, gives a case breaking clue to investigators when he applies too much Aramis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marais View Post
    glad to see justice was done!
    lol!!!
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    In an Italian novel- not a great one anyway!- one of the characters, a pianist, makes references to a French perfume named after a Chopin composition- Nocturnes de Caron, I guess.
    I used to wear it when I was 10 or 11.... LOL
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    In The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Mathieu Amalric shaves Max von Sydow and dabs him with Serge Lutens Fleurs d'Oranger.

    In Bull Durham Susan Sarandon has a bottle of Shalimar on her vanity table.

    In The Iron Lady there was some Geo F. Trumper stuff in the bathroom cabinet (can't remember which scent, the earlier "perfume in films and tv" thread seems to have disappeared).
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    Sous le Vent gets a mention towards the beginning of Pynchon's novel Gravity's Rainbow.
    Jicky appears in the film l'Apollonide. I'd post a screen shot but the scene is a little *ahem*, 'risqué'.

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    I'd post a screen shot but the scene is a little *ahem*, 'risqué'.
    *goes directly to google image search*

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    In Masaki Kobayashi's 1962 film The Inheritance (quite a cynical and somewhat brutal film) Guerlain's Vol de nuit plays a prominent role in one scene, if you have Hulu you can check it out around the 1:05 mark I think.

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    I don't know if anyone has already mentioned this, but there's quite a few perfume references to perfume in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.

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    Col. Slade (Al Pacino) meeting woman outside hearing from movie Scent of a Woman (1992)

    Last step.
    I can always count on you, Charlie.
    Colonel!
    I'm Christine Downes, Colonel Slade.
    I teach political science.
    I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate you speaking your mind.
    Why, thank you. Are you married?
    I...
    Went to an artillery school at Fort Sill with a Mickey Downes.
    Thought he might've snagged you.
    No, I'm afraid not.
    Colonel Slade was on Lyndon Johnson's staff, Miss Downes.
    Were you? Fascinating.
    We should get together, talk politics sometime.

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    David sachet's portrayal of Poirot has always been a favorite of mine. I was pleasantly surprised when during one episode he mentions purchasing a cologne from Geo. F. Trumper. The actual name of the scent is not revealed.

    http://www.poirot.us/suchet.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marais View Post
    In David Hare's 2011 spy thriller, 'Page 8', Bill Nighy's character catches a whiff of fragrance on a female friend and purrs 'Mmmm, Bel-Ami?', to which she nods. That struck me as a little odd: both for the fact that he recognised it (let's face it, there aren't many frag-spotters amongst us), and because she was wearing a scent not usually considered unisex. Hence why I have remembered it for 3 years
    Love this topic. Have to think though about what I can say))

    Bel Ami...I could wear it! I think I was wearing much more weird ones...

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    Good one.
    Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
    Hannibal Lecter - '... sometimes you wear L'Air du Temps - but not today' to Clarice in Silence of the Lambs.

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    Some interesting replies -- cheers everyone

    In American Psycho, Patrick Bateman mentions a couple of men's fragrances that he or his friends are wearing -- can't remember them though -- would have been 80's powerhouses -- I think Paco Rabanne was one?

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    Reese Witherspoon spritzes on some Clinique Happy in Legally Blonde.
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    In the TV series American Horror Story: Asylum, the devil-possessed nun asks for Tabu as her fragrance of choice, and in Orange is the New Black (the Netflix original series), one of the characters knew that her friend's mother has been visiting because she smelled Shalimar on the friend.

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    In the german movie "A Woman In Flames", Eva, the female protagonist, mentions her lovers perfumes, which are all female fragrances.

    "Ma Griffe, Fath, Cinnabar, Chamade, Mitsouko. They're women's perfumes all together?"

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    In "Pariah" (1985) one of the more obscure and less-bestselling novels by Pascal Bruckner, the main character, who is simultaneously also the narrator, recounts that as soon as he boarded an Air France plane, he sensed that the stewardess "smelled pleasantly of Chanel" (without however more specifically mentioning which Chanel fragrance this was).

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