Diamonds Are Forever

Diamonds Are Forever

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Director: Guy Hamilton

Cast: Guy Hamilton, Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray

     
 

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Diamonds Are Forever is another James Bond film that has been rescued by DVD. The 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer has done wonders for the picture quality. Grain and dirt are still apparent at times, but the previous master used for the widescreen home-video transfer was in exceptionally poor shape and has been improved dramatically. Unfortunately,

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Diamonds Are Forever is another James Bond film that has been rescued by DVD. The 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer has done wonders for the picture quality. Grain and dirt are still apparent at times, but the previous master used for the widescreen home-video transfer was in exceptionally poor shape and has been improved dramatically. Unfortunately, the film's soundtrack is in mono only. The edited interview-style commentary track primarily features director Guy Hamilton and co-writer Tom Mankiewicz, whose comments sound suspiciously screen-specific at times. The documentary "Inside Diamonds Are Forever" is excellent (as is usual for this series), focusing on the attempts to cast Bond for the second time in two films and on Sean Connery's brief return to the role. A second documentary, "Cubby Broccoli -- The Man Behind Bond," is a loving if slightly overlong tribute to the man primarily responsible for the character's success onscreen. Perhaps the most unique feature on the disc is a menu of no less than four deleted scenes in rough form; none of the scenes would have added anything to the film, but they're still a pleasure to see. Trailers, television spots, and radio spots are also included. Diamonds Are Forever is not a spectacular disc, but the restoration of the film alone makes it a worthy addition to any fan's collection.

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Many people pinpoint Live and Let Die as the start of the self-deprecating campiness that soon came to dominate the James Bond series, but this trend really began with its predecessor, Diamonds Are Forever. As a result, Sean Connery's final official go-round as Bond is nowhere near as satisfying as classics like From Russia With Love or Goldfinger. The biggest problem with Diamonds Are Forever is its muddled script. The plot confusingly juggles a diamond-smuggling scheme, an attempt to ransom the world with an intergalactic weapon (an element recycled from You Only Live Twice), and the return of arch-villain Blofeld, while the dialogue overdoes with it plethora of corny one-liners and groan-worthy puns. The film also suffers from an unwieldy tone that veers between bluntly sadistic violence and cartoonish slapstick, never finding a comfortable balance between the two. Worst of all, Connery seems bored with his role and delivers a performance that is competent but lifeless. Despite these problems, Diamonds Are Forever still offers a few diversions for the action fan. Individual action scenes are quite thrilling, the most memorable being a showdown between Bond and two female kung-fu fighters and a high-speed car chase through the streets of Las Vegas. There are also some colorful supporting performances, the best being Jimmy Dean's charming work as the country-boy millionaire Willard Whyte and the flamboyantly bizarre turns from Bruce Glover and Putter Smith as gay hitmen Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd. Ultimately, Diamonds Are Forever is one of the lesser entries in the Bond series, but boasts enough style and action to satisfy the series' hardcore fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/2000
UPC:
0027616853929
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
2:00:00

Special Features

Audio commentary featuring director Guy Hamilton and members of the cast and crew; "Inside Diamonds Are Forever" documentary; "Cubby Broccoli -- The Man Behind Bond" documentary; Never-before-seen deleted scenes; Original theatrical trailers; Television and radio spots; Collectible making-of booklet

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Connery James Bond
Jill St. John Tiffany Case
Charles Gray Ernst Blofeld
Lana Wood Plenty O'Toole
Jimmy Dean Willard Whyte
Bruce Cabot Saxby
John Abineri Airline Representative
Ray Baker Helicopter Pilot
Ed Bishop Klaus Hergersheimer
Ed Call Maxie
George A. Cooper SPECTRE Agent
Dick Crockett Crane Operator
Gary Dubin Boy
Clifford Earl Immigration Officer
Mark Elwes Sir Donald's Secretary
Sid Haig Actor
David Healy Vandenburg Launch Director
Karl Held Agent
Bill Hutchinson Moon Crater Controller
Marc Lawrence Actor
Desmond Llewelyn Q
Frank Olegario Man in Fez
Tom Steele Guard
Brinsley Forde Houseboy
Janos Kurucz Aide to Metz
Putter Smith Mr. Kidd
David de Keyser Doctor
Laurence Naismith Sir Donald Munger
David Bauer Slumber
Shane Rimmer Tom
Bruce Glover Wint
Norman Burton Felix Leiter
Joseph Furst Metz
Bernard Lee M
Leonard Barr Shady Tree
Margaret Lacey Mrs. Whistler
Lois Maxwell Miss Moneypenny
Joe Robinson Peter Franks
Donna Garrett Bambi
Trina Parks Thumper
Larry Blake Barker
Henry Rowland Dentist
Constantin de Goguel Aide To Metz
Burt Metcalfe Maxwell
Nicky Blair Doorman

Technical Credits
Guy Hamilton Director
Ken Adam Production Designer
John P. Austin Set Decoration/Design
John Barry Score Composer
Bert Bates Editor
Paul R. Baxley Stunts
Albert R. Broccoli Producer
Derek Cracknell Asst. Director
Gerry Crampton Stunts
Donfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
Bud Ekins Stunts
Elsa Fennell Costumes/Costume Designer
Les Hillman Special Effects
John W. Holmes Editor
Bill Kenney Art Director
Peter Lamont Set Decoration/Design
Richard Maibaum Screenwriter
Tom Mankiewicz Screenwriter
Jack Maxsted Art Director
Whitney McMahon Special Effects
John W. Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
Ted Moore Cinematographer
Al Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Harry Saltzman Producer
Bob Simmons Stunts
Ted Tetrick Costumes/Costume Designer
Wally Veevers Special Effects
Albert J. Whitlock Special Effects

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/Where Is Blofeld? [4:47]
2. Main Title [2:49]
3. Plain Solid Work [1:09]
4. Almost Like a Curse [1:36]
5. Bait and Switch [4:11]
6. Proper Identification [:46]
7. Killing Bond [:41]
8. Slumber, Inc. [3:46]
9. Final Journey [1:33]
10. The Whyte House [4:05]
11. Plenty of Help [3:33]
12. Breakfast With Tiffany [4:59]
13. What a Circus [2:40]
14. The Next Link [2:44]
15. Follow Those Rocks [2:37]
16. Klaus Hergersheimer [1:43]
17. Four-Wheel Drive? [5:53]
18. A Tight Squeeze [:25]
19. The Trip Upstairs [1:29]
20. "Double Jeopardy" [3:41]
21. "Try and Try Again" [3:49]
22. Buried Alive [4:16]
23. Funny Voices [5:05]
24. Wild Kingdom [4:16]
25. Blofeld's Escape [5:19]
26. Where's the Satellite? [2:13]
27. Nothing in Baja [:19]
28. Cleaning up the World [2:23]
29. Any Sensible Animal [1:32]
30. "Stupid Fools" [1:58]
31. Bombe Surprise [3:39]
32. End Credits [1:39]

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Diamonds Are Forever 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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With the best of the Bond themes leading the way (sung for the second time by Bond-diva Shirley Bassey, no less), it's a farewell to the definitive 007 in Sean Connery. Like any good going away party, you long for the guest of honor to return the same way he left. Not to be with 1983's NEVER SAY NEVER. So enjoy this campy romp around Las Vegas that plays the way the series was destined to play.