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Sean Connery retired from the 007 franchise after You Only Live Twice (replaced by George Lazenby in the underrated and underperforming On Her Majesty's Secret Service) but was lured back for one last official appearance as James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever. He's in fine form--cool but ruthless--in a sharp precredits sequence hunting the unkillable Blofeld (a suavely menacing Charles Gray in this incarnation), but the MacGuffin of a story (involving diamond smuggling, a superlaser on a satellite, and Blofeld's latest plot to rule the world ) is full of the groaning tongue-in-cheek gags that Roger Moore would make his signature. Goldfinger director Guy Hamilton keeps the film zipping along gamely from one entertaining set piece to another, including a terrific car chase in a parking lot, a battle with a pair of bikini-clad killer gymnasts named Bambi and Thumper, and a deadly game with a bizarre pair of fey, sardonic killers who dispatch their victims with elaborate invention. Jill St. John is the brassy but not too bright American smuggler Tiffany Case, and country singer and pork sausage king Jimmy Dean costars as a reclusive billionaire with not-so-subtle parallels to Howard Hughes. Shirley Bassey belts out the memorable theme song, one of the series' best. Connery retired again after this one but he returned once more, for Never Say Never Again 15 years later for a rival production company. --Sean Axmaker
- If you're worried about hostile parodies...
...then film a parody yourself with the actual cast. This film has enough wisecracks for a seasonful of "Law & Order" teasers and 007 doesn't hog them all. For instance...
Bond is met at the airport by an emissary for the hoods he's working for, the diamonds he's smuggling in a casket. When the hearse is underway...
Driver; "Da stiff. Yer brudder?"
Bond; "That's right."
Driver; "I got a brudder."
Bond (ironically); "Small world."
Bond has a scene with Lana Wood, kid sister of Natalie, where she introduces herself to him with a silly name...
Wood; "Hi, I'm Plenty!"
Bond; "I'm sure you are, my dear."
Wood; "No, silly--Plenty O'Toole."
Bond: Named after your father, no doubt."
Back in those days, that was kind of pushing the envelope in terms of naughty, but they'd already done that eight years early with another character in Goldfinger, one that Fleming had actually created.
Anyway, the tryst between Bond and Plenty is interrupted by hoods who break into Bond's hotel room and heave Plenty off the balcony, several floors down into a pool. Bond looks at them...
Bond; "Good shot."
Hood; "I din't know dere wuz a pool down dere."
The very first Bond wisecrack where the other character in the scene got to say the punch line. And it wasn't as common as it is nowadays for a talentless sibling to be the beneficiary of nepotism, however much Wood took after her sister in terms of beauty.
Elsewhere there's a high speed chase in the flick between Bond driving Tiffany Case's 'Stang with too many cop cars in hot pursuit. The officers serve as the excess number of cooks spoiling the broth, plowing into each other. Of course, that type of chase became almost the norm in action flicks at the time. Doing adventure for laughs became quite common from then on in, all the way up to the Governator, but this was the only Bond flick that was almost as much a comedy as the misbegotten "Casino Royale". Can't wait for the one that's really a Bond flick, coming soon.
- Campy and dumb, but incredibly fun
The Seventh entry in the Bond franchise, Diamonds Are Forever follows up On Her Majesty's Secret Service with Sean Connery being pushed back into the role as Agent 007. This would be the last official James Bond film to star Sean Connery, and would be the sixth time the film featured Connery as the title character. It is somewhat a bittersweet ending to Connery's legacy since the film's campy elements seem like they would be more at home in Roger Moore's series of Bond films and not the semi-serious realm of the Connery film. I wouldn't have suspected the director of the classic Goldfinger to come back with such a campy entry in the series.
The film is very fun to watch and probably has some of Connery's best comic one-liners ("It seems you've caught me with more than my hands up") and is amusing to watch, but it suffers in so many other aspects. It really does usher in the 70s Bond before Moore even enters the picture and whether that's good or bad is up to the viewer to decide. If you are a fan of the Roger Moore Bond films you will probably like Diamonds Are Forever, but if you're expecting a more serious, Connery Bond film on the level of Thunderball or Goldfinger you'll most certainly be disappointed. Even though Connery stars this really is essentially the first "Moore" Bond film.
That being said I found this movie very entertaining, if not up to the standards of Connery's other five films. Diamonds Are Forever may be a dopey film in premise, but it's an incredibly amusing film that you should just go along with.
If you don't want campy Bond just avoid this movie, but if you're like me and enjoy most of the Bond films you will probably enjoy the lunacy that is Diamonds Are Forever.
- Connery's Last Bond
Sean Connery's smashing return after quitting with 'You Only Live Twice' for a final appearance as the suave British spy. This film followed George Lazenby's brief and unimpressive performance in 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service.' The film, directed by Guy Hamilton, follows the usual Bond plot lines: the cool and debonaire secret agent who's out to save the world from sinister forces.
In this film, those sinister forces are none other than SPECTER under the leadership of the villanous Blofeld (Charles Gray.) In this film, what seems to be a trivial diamond smuggling operation turns out to be a major plot by SPECTER to develop a new secret weapon to extort the world's nations of their fortunes. After a stop in Amsterdam, Bond goes to Las Vegas and seeks the help of his long-time CIA contact, Felix. After finding out the true reason for the diamonds, Bond goes to SPECTER's secret base for a final showdown with Blofeld and his minions.
This is your typical Bond film with your solo agent fighting the shadowy world domination villains. All of this requires your mandatory action scenes such as wild car chases, clever quips, and, of course, the Bond bunnies. This film has some of the most amusing assassins such as the swimsuit acrobat pair named Bambi and Thumper. The most comical pair is Mr. Wint (Bruce Glover) and Mr. Kidd (Putter Smith); two playful childlike assassins whose dispatching methods are even more ingenious than those of their employer, Blofeld. Both Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd also seem to come up with quips that are even more clever than Bond's. Charles Gray's role as Blofeld was on par with Donald Pleasance's previous performances. Gray was certainly more fit for the role than Telly Savalas was in the previous 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service.'
This is a fun action-packed Bond that seems to have more of the humor and action so prevalent in the future franchise films with Roger Moore. A pleasant viewing experience for everyone....more info
- HUGE Letdown after OHMSS
On Her Majesty's Secret Service was one of the best Bond movies ever made, and after the extremely sad ending you would think Bond would be infatuated with killing the man that killed his wife. But alas, Connery returns as the calm, sophisticated secret agent, not the murderous man out to exact revenge on the one man he truly hates. This movie has severe problems as Blofeld once again escapes and isn't even brought up again until For Your Eyes Only. As much as I enjoyed the Connery films, Lazenby was truly the right man for this movie....more info
- Sean Connery's last James Bond film until 1983.
Sean Connery delightfully returns as "James Bond" after George Lazenby lost his guns in ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE (1969).
This film begins quickly with James Bond hot on the trail of Blofeld (Charles Gray) and manages to leave a henchman in a muck of mashed potatoes and mud. Now Bond must recover some diamonds in Amsterdam. He has two funny henchman, Mr. Kidd (Potter Smith) and Mr. Wint (Bruce Glover) [The first gay couple in a James Bond film) following him and a sexy vixen, Tiffany Case (Jill St. John) to tangle with.
Once in Las Vegas, Bond meets Morton Slumber (David Bauer) at Slumber Mortuary where Bond almost meets his death. Thank goodness for faux diamonds.
On to the Las Vegas Strip to the Whyte House Casino (fictional, but actually the International Hotel) where he has Plenty O'Toole (Lana Wood) to deal with. Quite a lovely woman as a casino host. Nice smile, but in Bond's suite, she becomes all wet. Then there is a wild car chase with James Bond and the police in the historic downtown Fremont Street.
Norman Burton plays "Felix". Jimmy Dean, who appeared in his own sausage tv commercials and is known for the tune "Big Bad John", appears as "Willard Whyte".
Valerie Perrine is the Acorn on the left. cassandra peterson is a dancer in the film. In 1981, she would become known as "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark".
Bruce Cabot (King Kong 1933) makes an appearance in this his last film.
Howard Hughes who owned hotels in Las Vegas, professionally and personally himself helped the Broccoli's during the filming of DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER.
This film includes the old road show act of the woman in a cage turning into a "live" gorilla. After the gorilla shakes the cage, you were suppose to run out of the tent. Anyone over 40 remembers this old carnival-country fair show.
This film visits the Las vegas Strip as it looked in 1971. You will see the International Hotel, now the Hilton (off the strip), Circus Circus, Dunes and the McCarren Airport.
Shirley bassey sings "Diamonds Are Forever".
DVD includes: 2 documentaries, 4 deleted scenes--Sammy Davis Jr in a cameo appearance, two unseen scenes with Lana Wood, and the "corrected" car chase in the alley.
This really was Sean Connery's last "official" outing as "James Bond", howeverhe would return 12 years later in NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN (1983) as "James Bond". That film is considered "unoffical" because it is made by a different production company, notthe traditional EON Productions. Many cast regulars were not used, but different actors.
The next film is LIVE AND LET DIE (1973) with Roger Moore beginning his legacy as James Bond. ...more info
- International Espionage
Sean Connery returns as the inimitable James Bond, Agent 007; he teams up with the beutiful Tiffany Case(Jill St. John) to stop his adversary Blofeld(Charles Gray)from using the fortune in stolen diamonds to finance a deadly laser satellite. Exciting, entertaining, a typical James Bond film that only Sean Connery can bring off successfully. Don't be fooled by the twists and turns as the story unfolds; you know that James Bond always wins no matter how dark any chance of success may appear at times....more info
- He deserved the dough
One of my favorite Bond movies. Connery earn his unusual ( for the time ) fee for this role as he hunts for the killer of his wife only to find him behind a mission after he believed he finished the job.
Jill St. John is very hot and does a fine job and the supporting cast follows through well. The cut in the effects budget shows with the parking lot chase but I always felt that Connery as Bond was the attraction rather than the gimicks.
A winner...more info
- Why is Sean Connery playing James Bond in a Roger Moore Bond movie??
This movie is over 35 years old (counting from the date of this review).
(Sir) Sean Connery made six EON production (or "official") movies with him starring as James Bond. They were (1) Dr. No (1962) (2) From Russia with Love (1963) (3) Goldfinger (1964) (4) Thunderball (1965) (5) You Only Live Twice (1967) and (6) Diamonds are Forever (1971).
This is the seventh spy film of the British Bond series (the sixth was "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" with a different actor playing Bond). As well, it is the sixth and last to star Connery as the fictional MI6 agent Commander James Bond (code number 007).
This movie is based on the 1956 novel of the same name as the movie by Ian Fleming (1908 to 1964).
Briefly, Bond impersonates a diamond smuggler to infiltrate a smuggling ring. He soon uncovers a plot by his former nemesis Ernst Blofeld (Charles Gray), leader of the criminal organization SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion) to use the diamonds in the construction of a giant laser satellite that would be used to hold the world for ransom.
The title song is sung by Shirley Bassey.
This movie has all the Bond ingredients: gadgets, witty dialogue with "Bondisms" (Bond one-liners), unique background music, Bond girls (with Tiffany Case (Jill St. John) being the main Bond girl), villains, and action.
Unfortunately, despite these ingredients, this movie does not "feel" like a Bond movie or more accurately, it does not feel like a Sean Connery Bond type movie.
Why is this? For starters, Sean Connery does not "look" up to the role. He's not lean and trim. He even has long side-burns. Perhaps the reason was that he never expected to play Bond again and had to be lured back for considerable money to play this part one more time. As a result, he seems to simply walk through the movie.
The witty dialogue with Bondisms falls flat in most cases. The main villain, Blofeld as played by Charles Gray does not seem very villainous (which is strange when you consider he's leader of SPECTRE). True, two of Blofeld's (gay) henchmen, Mr. Wint (Bruce Glover) and Mr. Kidd (Putter Smith) give good performances but for some reason, seem to have wandered accidentally onto the movie set.
Jill St. John as Tiffany Case (who has the distinction of being the first American Bond girl) plays a diamond smuggler. To me, she's one of the least effective Bond girls playing the part in an annoyingly shrill manner.
The new gadgets presented in this movie are nothing spectacular or clever.
The reason for Blofeld wanting diamonds is not revealed until the last half hour and many people may get fed up with the movie before then.
The one thing this movie does have is plenty of action especially the car chase scene.
Perhaps the biggest problem with this movie is that it is more humorous than serious. (The previous five Connery Bond type movies (listed above) were more serious.) Thus this movie paved the way for the Roger Moore Bond type movies which were more humorous and deviated greatly from the James Bond in the Ian Fleming novels.
This movie when released made about one hundred and sixteen million dollars worldwide (or about six hundred and seventeen million in today's dollars). I think it grossed so much because of Connery's, by then, star power.
The DVD (the one released in Sept., 2007) is flawless in picture and sound quality. This movie has been digitally restored and I'm sure the picture is just as good (if not better!!) than when it was released over 35 years ago. There is also superior sound. As well, there is one extra in the form of an audio commentary.
Finally, here is some information to consider. This DVD is actually the first disc of the two disc "Ultimate Edition." Bond fanatics might want to purchase this two disc Ultimate Edition since the second disc has "the best collection of special features ever assembled for Bond." (Unfortunately, the Ultimate Edition is no longer available but can be purchased second-hand.)
In conclusion, those who enjoy the Roger Moore Bond type movies should like this movie but those who enjoy Sean Connery Bond type movies will probably be very disappointed in this movie.
(1971; 2 hr; wide screen; 32 scenes)
- TIFFANY CASE, THATS QUITE A NICE LITTLE NOTHING YOU'RE ALMOST WEARING.....I APPROVE.
This Bond movie has it ALL. No doubt one of my favorites in the whole 007 empire. Tiffany Case is probably my favorite BOND girl, because she is no doubt the bad girl of BOND girls. The action in this movie only stops to let the clevage show, in short there is never a dull moment in this 007.
Sean Connery flirts with ALL the chicks, if he had class in the original handful of movies, well he completely did away with that in this venture. He's a wise cracker in this one, which adds a lot of wit to this. Quirky, clever dialouge all around...
"Which do yo prefer, blondes or brunettes?"
"Either, as long as the collars match the cuffs."
Then theres Plenty O'Toole (ha hah) also a very attractive little chick, even though she gets drowned somewhat early on in the film.. oh well, it left more room for Tiffany Case to run around half naked for the rest of the time.... Outstanding rump shot while she's switching the cassette tape inside the laborotary. "Showing a little more cheek than usual, Miss Case?"
Lets not forget that Q is very present in this one, like when he's rigging the slots in the casino, and wins every time. There is also a whole cast of other great characters in this, and the plot goes from one place to the next very rapidly... sometimes the 007 movies can get a little slow, but this one never stops.. even the opening credits with the theme sung by Shirley Bassey is pretty cool. If you don't really get down on the BOND franchise, you still may like this, as just a witty, fun, action movie. Jimmy Dean (yeah, the sausage guy) plays billionaire William Whyte.. another fine addition. By the way, in case I didn't mention it, Tiffany Case is like the hottest BOND girl ever... IMHO. ...more info
- The worst of the Connery 007 flicks, but better than given credit for
I just pulled my ancient DAF videotape out from quite a while ago, and watched it for the first time in forever. I must say, I actually enjoyed this one a lot. I know a lot of Bond fans hated this one but it's a good movie in my opinion. I loved it a lot when I was a little kid, but I hadn't seen any of the previous Bond movies back then. In comparison, this is actually better than the stinkers known as A View To A Kill, Licence to Kill and Die Another Day. This one takes on a dark comedy direction, and is well done.
After getting his revenge on Blofield, who helped Irma Brunt kill 007's wife Tracy in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Bond is back, and this time it's about diamonds. Not just any diamonds though- these are diamonds from the mines of South Africa. Two gay assassins (who are absoulutely hilarious) have stolen them and are killing everyone in the ring. Bond goes undercover ro Las Vegas as Peter Franks (who was a diamond smuggler), and discovers something shocking: this is Blofield's idea! Now Bond must dodge the two assassins to discover what Blofield's WHOLE plot is.
This is actually a pretty solid movie. It has a lot of good action scenes and is rather interesting, especially with this being a Bond movie set in Vegas. We also get a taste of Holland, which is quite interesting. There are a lot of hilarious moments, and those two gay assassins are hilarious!!! Everytime they hold hands it's just so damn funny.
Overall, this is a good movie and worth adding to your Bond collection and get the 2 Disc Ultimate Edition if you don't already have it- plenty of special features can be seen here!...more info
- For Hardcore Bond Fans Only
I am convinced that Sean Connery should still be playing James Bond. After all, if critics are willing to give three or four stars to a film they know is otherwise completely reprehensible, it is obvious the franchise could go incredibly low budget and still pull in money as long as he starred.
This is the worst Bond film ever. There. I said it. Not the worst Connery film, just flat out the worst. Worse than Moonraker, worse than Golden Gun, and far worse than the Lazenby flick. Most film series die once they lay a goose egg like this one, but as Chuck Yeager said in the Right Stuff, sometimes you get a pooch that cant be screwed.
You may be wondering why I am being so hard on Diamonds. Well, you first have to understand that Bond films follow a very specific formula, hence the rabid fan can go on for hours about which film had the best villain, the hottest girl, the best title song, the best chase sequence, ad nauseam. The point is, dear reader, that on all of these points, Diamonds ranks in the bottom 3. Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd are the worst villains (other than Bambi and Thumper, but they are in this one, too), Tiffany Case is the biggest bow-wow, the moonbuggy chase is worthless, and the locations suck. Then there is the matter of Mr. Connery himself. They paid him a ton of money, and he showed up for work fat. In short, there is nothing to commend about this film other than the title song.
- A Paradox in the Cinematic James Bond Lineage
When I first saw DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER I thought it was esoterically good from an eclectic viewpoint. It was the last Connery James Bond movie I had viewed. I had already watched the first 5 that he made. They were a little too serious. DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER was more like Roger Moore's James Bond movies. DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER was very different from the earlier ones, especially George Lazenby's stand-alone ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE. George Lazenby is the definitive James Bond in my mind. DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER was closer to Roger Moore's THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN and the exceptional and misunderstood A VIEW TO A KILL.
Watching the movie I kept finding it so much more humorous from the earlier Connery ones and very enjoyable. All the villains were acting with a breezy and carefree caricature of what a James Bond villain should act like. It was as if I put on a Moore Bond movie. I think they were making a satire of their own series and the 60s spy craze.
The first six Bond films were played too straightforward. If there was any comedy at all it was played in a very indirect and dull manner. It was never lively but it was never done as a detriment of the story. It was always outlying the scene and meant to enhance it, not be the focus of it. This was wrong. It should have been central to the plot in such a way to advance each story in a more interesting way for greater audience interaction.
The villains in first six Bond films always played their parts with deadly seriousness most of the time. They lacked any humor from within themselves. Some of the villains were a bit quirky like Kleb, Benz and Oddjob. The idiosyncratic Kleb added some comic relief as she tried to kick Bond to death with a poisonous steel-pointed shoe in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE. "She's had her kicks," remarks Bond. Not bad! Otherwise the villains in first six Bond films were all too serious and too threatening to James Bond. They should have lightened up.
The villains in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER with the exception of Peter Franks, are all real unadulterated unflappably cool! They all make it that much more enjoyable and entertaining. Bruce Glover as Mister Wint and Putter Smith as Mister Kidd, Blofeld's henchmen, are the hippest! Look at Red Grant and Vargas who were much too serious. When you think about it however, Vargas, in THUNDERBALL was sort of funny going around all the time in that black outfit in broad daylight! Actually he did not look too cool at all!
Blofeld's other bad guys in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER include Burt Saxby, Shady Tree, Mrs. Whistler, Slumber, Bambi and Thumper. Burt Saxby comes to his end in a funny scene; he gets fired literally by Willard Whyte. Whyte was supposed to be guarded by Bambi and Thumper, but Bond gets them all wet in Whyte's swimming pool. They don't stand a chance against Bond! There are just so many good actors in minor parts in this film. Don't forget Klaus Hergersheimer "checking radiation shields."
Even the good guys are plentiful in amusing roles. Jimmy Dean as Willard Whyte and Norman Burton as Felix Leiter are good. Jill St. John as Tiffany Case and Lana Wood as Plenty O'Toole are among the best "Bond Girls." "Q" has a good scene with Tiffany Case in the casino at a slot machine.
Many Bond fans didn't like Charles Gray's performance as Blofeld. He was not the same Blofeld we saw in "From Russia With Love," THUNDERBALL or YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE. He certainly was not the same Blofeld we saw in ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE. In fact there is a bit of a continuity problem with Blofeld as seen consecutively in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE and DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. However, that is a topic for discussion at some other point. The main point here is that Charles Gray was the best and perhaps definitive Blofeld.
This was Sean Connery's best performance as Bond. It looks like he had an amusing time coming back. He delivered an exceptional self-parody of his previous performances of James Bond 007.
John Barry's score was much better than his earlier ones. In fact, it is one of his better James Bond scores. It is fun, moving, and dynamic and yet pure Bond! He brought back his 007 theme to score the helicopter attack on the Blofeld's oilrig. We didn't hear that again until MOONRAKER. Let the good times roll.
Ken Adam's designs for the Willard Whyte penthouse and Blofeld's mud bath hideout were similar to sets that were to come latter in the series. His best design was for the lunar surface set used at Willard Whyte's laboratories in the Nevada desert. The pipeline where "Bond smells a rat" was also very good.
This film set up the Roger Moore James Bond epics that were to come. DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER is truly a paradox in the cinematic James Bond lineage. It is a contradiction of everything that came before and established the James Bond mystique. Yet, in the final analysis everything works in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER in a self-made world of complete absurdity....more info
- This is supposed to be Bond?
Diamonds are Forever is a terrible letdown after her OHMSS. I would have given it no stars if it weren't for the fact I love Connery. But he is too OLD. Bushy eyebrows and muttonchops are not for bond. This movie has the worst effects of the series, stupid bond girls, and a HORRIBLE Blofeld. A completely lame plot destroys any likeability. I hope on hope on hope someone will go finish the story OHMSS started....more info
- A Bit More Tongue and Cheek than Usual
Sean Connery's final bow as James Bond 007(until the dreadful unofficial Bond film,Never Say Never Again), is the beginning of the end of the 60's era movies whereas intrigue is replaced by a slightly skewed tongue and cheek appoached.
Beginning with a prelude of Bond taking revenge against Blofeld(Charles Grey) for the death of his bride,Tracy, Bond's new mission is to investigate the surplus of stolen diamonds that has not shown up in the blackmarket that takes him to Las Vegas. Only to find that Blofeld is behind the entire operation.
Along for the ride are a pair of "Bond beauties" Smuggler Tiffany Case(Jill St. John) and Casino "trophy" Plenty O'Toole (Lana Wood), and two of the most unusual hit-men ever seen in a 007 movie Mr.Wint (Bruce Glover) and Mr.Kidd (Putter Smith).
Although Connery's return is welcome the movie is an entertaining yet silly movie with memorable scenes including the prelude, a fight in an elevator with a bad guy, as well as a chase throughout the strees of Las Vegas in a Ford Mustand Mach One.
- A Bit More Cheek Than Usual, Miss Case?
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER marks Sean Connery's return to the role of Bond after the hiatus of ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE. It was also his last Bond film to date (except for the swan song NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN in 1983).
The opening precredits sequence involves Bond's hunt for Blofeld, who killed Bond's wife Tracy in OHMSS. The story then develops into a melange of diamond smuggling, Las Vegas casinos, an eccentric billionaire (pork sausage king Jimmy Dean playing Willard Whyte, a sort of cornpone version of Howard Hughes), cheesy funeral parlors, moon buggies and laser beams, cloning, and a girl named Tiffany Case.
In terms of story, this film is one of the weakest of the Bond films,jumping frenetically from one scene to another in an attempt to cram in everything it possibly can. The film editing is awful. There's just no other word for it.
The movie is redeemed by the characters and the nonstop action sequences, all of which are wildly entertaining. Connery is suave and irrepressible in a white tuxedo. Jill St. John, who plays the aforementioned Miss Case, is brassy and sassy, sexy and fun. The two of them seem to be sharing a private joke all the way through the film.
We are also introduced to Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd, a pair of openly gay assassins who kill with a creative streak and have a penchant for really bad puns. The appearance of Wint and Kidd and their relationship marks a kind of minor milestone in the Bond canon, showing that the series was moving unselfconsciously into the 1970s.
Minor but important roles are filled out by Bambi and Thumper, a pair of gymnasts specializing in assault, battery, and tumbling routines, and Plenty O'Toole ("Named after your father, no doubt") a casino girl reminiscent of a low-rent Sylvia Trench from the earliest Bond films.
Blofeld is played by Charles Gray. Gray's Blofeld seems more like a disgruntled waiter than a criminal mastermind. His cat does give us an excellent performance.
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER never takes itself seriously. This is not the film noir of FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE. The series was taking its turn here toward the Roger Moore era of cartoon excess and "groaners", a downward spiral which continued until Timothy Dalton rescued Bond from utter obsolescence.
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER is Eon's version of an Andy Sidaris film. Sidaris' films are low-budget Bond take-offs, but in this instance, it would be hard to say who inspired whom. Like Baby Back Ribs, this film is sloppy but delicious.
The Special Edition DVD has much to recommend it, including deleted scenes (which to Eon Productions' credit, help make sense of the film) and interviews with some of the cast. There is also an excellent retrospective on the life of Cubby Broccoli. -...more info
- Sean Connery's Best Bond
Of the six original 007 movies that Sean Connery did, I rate this one as his best. Jill St. John is a magnicifent Bond Girl, Shirley Bassey is her usual brilliant self in the theme song, Blofeld is as sinister as any villan Bond has faced and Jimmy Dean is as eccentric as Howard Hughes. On top of that we get the deadly team of Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint truly having a gay time of it. And Q loves those Vegas slot machines!
As a personal note, it was a relief when Connery came back to rescue the series in "Diamonds" after the disappointing Geroge Lazenby experiment. I've probably watched this movie 50 times since and still haven't tired of it!...more info
- the weakest of the connery's
The plot in this film is dull and boring, this film is by far the worst connery film, Lana Wood and Jill St John are two anoying bond girls and Charles gray was the worst blofeld of them all. The best part of the film is the title seqence but thats all there is. If there were any dull films this would be one of them....more info
- Bond Is Forever
Being a long time fan of the James Bond movie series (45 years), naturally I have a preference for the Sean Connery Bond films. This one was one of the better of the entire series. With Jill St. John playing the sexy but ditzy bad girl, Tiffany Case, Charles Gray as Blofeld, and Lana Wood as the voluptuous gold digger Plenty O'Toole, this has to be the most entertaining of the Connery series. Jimmy Dean (the legendary country star of old, and breakfast sausage guru)was outstanding as the Howard Hughes-like Willard White. Some of the more modern Bond films, loaded up with too many gimmicks and special effects, pale in comparison to this and the other Connery and Roger Moore Bond films. A must see for all James Bond fans, young and old. Buy it, You'll like it... you'll love it!!!...more info
- Farewell Mr. Connery, And Many Happy Returns!
"Diamonds Are Forever" was Sean Connery's swan song in the Bond series (unless you count the future, rival remake of "Thunderball," which most of us purists don't), but unlike in his previous effort, Connery seems to actually be enjoying himself this time around. Perhaps because it was to be indeed the last one, he figured, "what the hell, let me just have some fun for old times sake." Whatever his motives, that is precisely what the whole thing turns out to be, fun. This was the first of a "different type" of Bond movie that became very prevelant in the early 70's. There is hardly any drama or intrigue to be found here as the producers pay more attention to the elegance of the production (Bond in Vegas), one too many idiosyncracies, and wittier dialogue than the series had had 'till then, and since. Bond's closing remarks to the two assassins at the end of the movie are delightfully written. Unlike the more morose Roger Moore films of its type, this one glitters with a dream-like quality that seems hell-bent on titilating our deepest taste for escapist fantasy. It's comic-book, ludicrous Bond, but it's fun. This DVD is a little shorter on extras than some of the others, but it does feature some amusing deleted scenes and an excellent documentary on producer Albert R. Broccoli, the individual most-directly responsible for the success of the franchise. If you're looking for a serious 007 adventure, look elsewhere. If you're looking to just be reminded why we all secretly wish to live in the world of James Bond, this one should satisfy....more info
- diamonds are forever
It is a nice movie performed by sean connery.Despite being an old film there is technology that has paved way for strides in todays science...more info
- Feels like a Roger Moore film--only starring Sean Connery.
Sean Connery returns for the last (official) time in Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
The film begins with James Bond pursuing Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Charles Gray) for revenge after the murder of his wife, Tracy. Bond tracks Blofeld down by interrogating several of his henchmen and confronts him in a surgical facility where he is having one of his associates physically altered to look like him. After killing Blofeld and returning to England, M (Bernard Lee) sends Bond on a mission to uncover a diamond-smuggling ring. Impersonating a smuggler named Peter Franks, Bond goes to Amsterdam to find another smuggler named Tiffany Case (Jill St. John) and pick up the diamonds. Meanwhile, the REAL Peter Franks (Joe Robinson) comes to see Tiffany Case as well and Bond is forced to kill him then sneak the diamonds into the United States with his corpse. When the diamonds are revealed to be fake, 007 contacts Felix Leiter (Norman Burton) to deliver the real ones to Las Vegas, where Bond is staying. As Bond and Case follow the diamonds from location to location, Bond investigates the reclusive millionaire Willard Whyte (Jimmy Dean), who hasn't been seen in public for many years. All the while, Bond is chased by the creepy assassins Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd (Bruce Glover and Putter Smith, respectively). All the mysterious events seem to add up to an even bigger conspiracy with stakes that could involve the world.
After On Her Majesty's Secret Service, George Lazenby chose not to stay on as James Bond, producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman really wanted Sean Connery back. Connery considered himself retired from the part, so the producers paid through the nose to get him. Diamonds are Forever is simply not the same style Bond film as previous films. It focuses more on humor than thrills, and although it has some pretty funny jokes, the film as a whole is just not as good. In my opinion, Jill St. John is one of the least attractive Bond girls ever. It feels like a precursor to the slapstick comedy of the Roger Moore films. The film also follows the previous Sean Connery Bond film You Only Live Twice's example with regard to Ian Fleming's storyline.
Overall, if you are looking for a lighter, comedic Bond film, this might be the one for you! To me personally, it will never be one of the best Sean Connery James Bond films, let alone one of the best Bond films ever. ...more info
- Diamonds are forever .... James Bond is, too!
The title of this James Bond adventure could well be the eternal "credo" for Sean Connery as James Bond .... his outstanding work as the suave, sophisticated, action-biased, reckless and seemingly indestructible superagent continues to grow better with age. A great film and one that will be a fan-favorite!...more info