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Diamonds Are Forever

Diamonds Are Forever

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Director: Guy Hamilton

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


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After George Lazenby portrayed James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Sean Connery returned to the tux, gimmicks, and catchphrases of Secret Agent 007 in his penultimate Bond outing, Diamonds Are Forever. Fragments of Ian Fleming's original 1954 novel remain,


After George Lazenby portrayed James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Sean Connery returned to the tux, gimmicks, and catchphrases of Secret Agent 007 in his penultimate Bond outing, Diamonds Are Forever. Fragments of Ian Fleming's original 1954 novel remain, including the characters of the alluring Tiffany Case (Jill St. John) and fey hitmen Wint (Bruce Glover) and Mr. Kidd (Putter Smith). The remainder of Richard Maibaum and Tom Mankiewicz's script diverges dramatically from the novel, involving Bond in a scheme by the insidious Ernst Blofeld (Charles Gray) to force the world powers to disarm so that he can take over the globe. Folksinger Jimmy Dean shows up briefly as a Howard Hughes-like reclusive billionaire, while Lana Wood (Natalie's sister) participates in one of the film's edgiest cliffhangers. Agreeing to make Diamonds Are Forever only because of the money offered him, Sean Connery parted company with the role for 12 years after this film; he returned to the role once more in 1983, for Irvin Kershner's Thunderball remake Never Say Never Again.

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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.

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Special Features

Audio Commentary Featuring Director Guy Hamilton And Members of The Cast And Crew; Sean Connery 1971: The BBC Interview; Lesson # 007: Close Quarter Combat; Oil Rig Attack; Satellite Test Reel; Explosion Tests; Alternate And Expanded Angles; Deleted Scenes; Inside Diamonds Are Forever; Cubby Broccoli: The Man Behind Bond; Exotic Locations; Original Theatrical Trailers, TV & Radio Spots; Image Database

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


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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.