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Sean Connery's final outing as James Bond brings back the fans that didn't appreciate George Lazenby's exceptional turn in the previous Bond film. But a new direction is headed for James Bond films, making way for Roger Moore's style of comedy. Nevertheless, Sean brings back some of his charm and charisma.

Bond in the previous film had the love of his life murdered just as he was starting a life with her. Now Bond is out to stop the man who killed his beloved all the while returning to his job and stopping his arch-nemesis's plans for world domination. The story takes out some of the realism and fury that one feels could have been done in Bond films with Craig or with Brosnan, while this does feel like a Bond film, it could have been loads stronger. Other than wanting him dead, his late wife is not mentioned. Jill St. John is plays a really weak character, absolutely nothing like she was in the original novel. The world domination plot is typical cheese in a can plot. And the locale in the United States doesn't feel as strong as it could have been done.

Lots more sillier than it should have been but, Sean Connery is Sean Connery and no one can fault him for doing his job. But it ends as it begins all over again. Not that bad but could have been better. B-
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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 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 July 26, 2001
First came Goldfinger, then Diamonds Are Forever. These are the two greatest Bond movies with Connery in the title role. Both have great villians, and to be a great Bond movie, there must be a great villian. Connery has never been more comfortable in the role of Bond. He shows it all in this movie: charm, wit, luck, indifference to authority, grace under pressure, worldliness, weariness, and humility. Is this not one of the most fascinating characters ever portrayed on film? I've seen every Bond film again and again. Connery is the best Bond, because the more you think you understand about Bond, the more you feel that there is still more to know. None of the Bond actors communicates this better than Connery. It is what gives Bond his unpredictability, and makes you feel that you can't take your eyes off him even for a moment, because of what he might do to surprise you. If I could own only three Bond films with Connery in the lead role, then From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, and this one, would pretty well sum up the whole series. The rest are highly repetitive fair to poor copies.
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on February 9, 2017
Classic Bond! Great movie! Jill St. John is smoking hot!
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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 May 11, 2016
As much as I enjoy Sean Connery as James Bond this is one of the worst Bond films I've seen. As if the lame opening fight with Blofeld wasn't fake enough, towards the end Bond has to fight off two scantily clad nymphs called Bambi and Thumper. But the camp just gets worse. The effects used for Blofeld's satellite destroying missiles and a Soviet submarine are so cheap they are insulting. Then there is Blofeld's assistant counting down in a lifeless German accent while Blofeld's men fire machine guns at the attacking helicopters. And the pièce de résistance-- the final dispatch of Mr. Kidd & Mr. Wint (Putter Smith & Bruce Glover) is just sad. Is this movie parodying itself? I enjoy Bond's bad puns as anyone, but usually they are interspersed within an interesting or compelling adventure. So my recommendation -- skip this dud and watch a different Bond flick.
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