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Diamonds Are Forever
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on May 17, 2016
Quite possibly the best in the series. This film captured all the campiness and tom foolery of the early 70's. The re-watchability of this is exceptionally high. From Mr Wint and Mr Kidd to the "10 minutes and counting" guy, the casting is sheer perfection. I'm so glad Sean Connery came back to do this installment, Roger Moore would have, in my opinion been, too stiff.
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After a 1 movie absence (On Her Majesty's Secret Service) Sean Connery returns to mediocrity. Despite the name and theme song being classics, this is easily Connery's worst outing as Bond in EON canon. Connery doesn't seem to be overly enthused about his return as 007 and reportedly turned down $1 million (almost $7M in 2016) to star in OHMSS, but came back for one and a quarter in Diamonds.

Probably the worst thing in general about this movie is that it takes place almost entirely in Las Vegas, which simply is not an interesting location for a James Bond movie. Particularly as an American and someone who has been to Las Vegas, this seems to take the usual escapist element away from the film. Second to this however would be the addition of Mr. Wynt and Mr. Kidd, two bumbling buffoons as supposed assassins that help ruin the movie.

The Bond girls are pretty well cast (particularly Plenty O'Toole), but the car is absolutely nothing like we are used to seeing and is probably the worst one up to this point. Once again Blofeld is the villain here, but after having just seen Donald Pleasance's portrayal in "You Only Live Twice" two films earlier, there is really nothing special about what Charles Gray does with the character.

Bond Element Ratings:

Intro/Title Sequence/Theme Song: 3/5

Bond Girls: 3.5/5

Car/Gadgets: 2.5/5

Villain: 3/5

Locales: 2/5
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on February 5, 2005
According to my reading, 1969's ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, the first James Bond film without Sean Connery, didn't live up to expectations (although I think it's one of the best of the series), so the producers lured Connery back to the role for a million dollars.

Connery, always incensed that the producers made the lion's share of Bond profits, asked for, received and then, out of spite, gave away the million dollars to Scottish charities.

Nobody cared about the payscale then: Connery was back as Bond and that's all that mattered.

Although the previous films had come close at times, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER was the first flat-out camp take on the spy film. Connery looks like he's ready to roll his eyes at times and then having fun at others. The gay killers Wint and Kidd are very funny in several scenes (Bruce Glover, who plays Mr. Wint, is Crispin Glover's dad). Blofeld even shows up in drag at one point!

It's fun to see Las Vegas, circa 1971. During the car chase on Fremont Street, you can see the construction signs for the Union Plaza in the background. One daylight shot shows Bond driving a red Mustang past the Dunes...and he's immediately in open desert!

Jill St. John and Lana Wood certainly fill out their roles and become memorable Bond girls. Bruce Cabot, the studly male lead in the original KING KONG, plays an old henchman. On the DVD, you can catch Rat Pack member Sammy Davis Jr. in a deleted cameo.

I still think the best Bond films are the first three, the one starring George Lazenby, and Pierce Brosnan's first outing.

But, like THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER are among the most fun.

Good time had by all.
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on May 6, 2018
James Bond paired with iconic villains and a distinctive 1970's vibe. Its corny from the sets to the writing, but its really fun. Not the best bond movie by far but in the top 10.
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on November 4, 2017
Not one of the better Bond films with Sean Connery. You can tell that the film is becoming aware of itself. When Tiffany Case knows that "James Bond" is dead--actually another person killed by 007 who has give the stiff his ID--you know the film has become a parody of itself.
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on May 31, 2016
It's a good film as far as Bond films go. Very action-heavy, and this attempts to mask the convoluted plot. The plot felt very episodic, jumping from one thread to another. Ultimately, the film ties up these loose ends, but not in a terribly satisfying way. Still, it's a pretty good film.
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on June 4, 2016
One of my favorite Bond films. When you have a recipe of Beautiful Women (Jill St. John) , Murder, Intrigue, and the classic Bond wit, you have the makings of a good yarn and just about every guy's fantasy. So sit back, relax, have a vodka martini (shaken, not stirred) and enjoy!
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on May 30, 2016
What struck me was how low rent everything looked. Vegas looked like a dump. Don't remember it seeming that way back when the movie came out. Goldfinger is better, but this was OK. Loved the chase scenes with the Mustang, they sounded great back then too. But then again, I have a Mustang.
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on June 5, 2016
Connery returns as Bond. OK given spotty nature of some in the series. If you like the series, you should not miss this. Reflects early 1970's with space warfare theme. Has interesting characters in diamond smuggler Jill St. John. Pair of assassins very quirky.
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on December 10, 1999
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, the seventh official movie in the James Bond series, is a surprisingly mediocre affair. Producers Broccoli and Saltzmann valiantly attempt to remake GOLDFINGER, but wind up with a simulacrum of that acknowledged masterpiece. Thus, while it's often fun, it seldom feels inspired.
After a weak precredit sequence in which he tracks down and kills his archnemesis Blofeld (or does he?), Bond is assigned to find out who behind the theft of diamonds from mines in South Africa, and for what purpose. He must also discover who has been murdering members of a smuggling pipeline. As it turns out, Blofeld, hiding behind a Howard Hughes-style business empire, has been stockpiling the diamonds so that they can be used to refract light for a powerful laser satellite which can destroy whole cities.
Up to a point, it works. The first act, which finds Bond taking the guise of captured diamond smuggler Peter Franks, is quite good. It even allows for a laugh when Franks escapes and Bond kills him outside of Tiffany Case's (Jill St. John) Amsterdam apartment. She inspects Franks' wallet, which Bond has replaced with his own, and gasps in horror. "You've just killed James Bond!" Connery, in his best Bondian manner, merely shrugs. "It just proves no one's indestructable."
Unfortunately, the Maibaum and Mankiewicz screenplay is muddled and confusing. Despite some outstanding dialogue (some of the best in the series), the story itself is difficult to follow. Only on repeat viewings, for example, do we learn that the smugglers are being murdered because the pipeline is being closed. However, we never know if the villain started the pipeline to begin with or merely infiltrated it. We never understand why some of the secondary characters show up in key scenes. GOLDFINGER benefitted from economy and clarity; DIAMONDS has neither.
Guy Hamilton takes the director's chair again, and he brings the same sense of pace and glitz he brought to GOLDFINGER. But this time the pace is so fast that one barely has time to digest what is happening. And despite one good fight scene, the picture suffers from a curious lack of suspense, especially during the climax, which takes place on an oil platform. Worse still is the inclusion of juvenile humor, which distracts from one's overall enjoyment of the picture (and serves as a harbinger of the Moore years).
Connery gives a relaxed and confident performance as James Bond, as does Ms. St. John as Tiffany Case. Charles Grey plays Ernst Stavro Blofeld as witty and urbane, even charming, but not at all menacing. The secondary villains aren't very menacing, either, and it often seems like Bond dispatches them too easily.
Musically, the picture is uninspired. Barry's score is okay but does not rank with his best, and Shirley Bassy's title song, which has some genuinely haunting instrumentals, is noisy and inane. It simply lacks the vigor of her previous effort - yep, GOLDFINGER.
Connery's last picture for the franchise - but not his last portrayal as Bond - shows the series in decline. It is fun, to be sure, but its reliance on the previous outings is starkly evident. Despite its outstanding dialogue, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER is a weak entry in the series.
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