Diamonds Are Forever
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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
- 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
- Deleted Scenes
- Television and Radio Spots
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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
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.