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Diamonds are Forever [VHS]

4.2 out of 5 stars 599 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood, Jimmy Dean
  • Directors: Guy Hamilton
  • Writers: Ian Fleming, Richard Maibaum, Tom Mankiewicz
  • Producers: Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman, Stanley Sopel
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Language: English, German
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • VHS Release Date: October 17, 2000
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (599 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630238060X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,909 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an extortion plot headed by his nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

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By A Customer on May 25, 2001
Format: DVD
Although Diamonds Are Forever is a fairly weak entry in the James Bond series, the special edition DVD of this movie must rank among the best of all the 007 releases. The half-hour Inside Diamonds Are Forever documentary is both outstanding and informative, featuring such items as the background story behind Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd (including recent interviews with actors Bruce Glover and Putter Smith), and a fascinating revelation by Jimmy Dean, who admitted to some discomfort in portraying a thinly-disguised Howard Hughes-type character when his real life boss at the time was, in fact, Howard Hughes. The 45-minute biography of Cubby Broccoli is almost worth the price of the DVD alone, and the inclusion of four deleted scenes nicely pieces together what was originally an editing nightmare for this film, especially Plenty's mysterious appearance in Tiffany's pool. One final note: the Bond filmmakers have always prided themselves in delivering sanitized sex scenes without resorting to gratuitous frontal nudity. However, when running the scene in which Bond helps Marie "get something off her chest" in slow motion, during the pre-titles sequence, her left breast, including full nipple, is clearly revealed. In real time, the scene plays so fast that nothing can be seen, but it's a much different story in slow motion.
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Format: DVD
This Bond movie has it ALL. No doubt one of my favorites in the whole 007 empire. Tiffany Case is probably my favorite BOND girl, because she is no doubt the bad girl of BOND girls. The action in this movie only stops to let the clevage show, in short there is never a dull moment in this 007.
Sean Connery flirts with ALL the chicks, if he had class in the original handful of movies, well he completely did away with that in this venture. He's a wise cracker in this one, which adds a lot of wit to this. Quirky, clever dialouge all around...
"Which do yo prefer, blondes or brunettes?"
"Either, as long as the collars match the cuffs."
Then theres Plenty O'Toole (ha hah) also a very attractive little chick, even though she gets drowned somewhat early on in the film.. oh well, it left more room for Tiffany Case to run around half naked for the rest of the time.... Outstanding rump shot while she's switching the cassette tape inside the laborotary. "Showing a little more cheek than usual, Miss Case?"

Lets not forget that Q is very present in this one, like when he's rigging the slots in the casino, and wins every time. There is also a whole cast of other great characters in this, and the plot goes from one place to the next very rapidly... sometimes the 007 movies can get a little slow, but this one never stops.. even the opening credits with the theme sung by Shirley Bassey is pretty cool. If you don't really get down on the BOND franchise, you still may like this, as just a witty, fun, action movie. Jimmy Dean (yeah, the sausage guy) plays billionaire William Whyte.. another fine addition. By the way, in case I didn't mention it, Tiffany Case is like the hottest BOND girl ever... IMHO.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
After audiences fumed about George Lazenby's Bond in "On Her Majesties Secret Service," a fat paycheck lured Sean Connery to play 007 once again. The results are mixed. Looking a bit more grey and with a few more wrinkles, Connery still manages to play a convincing Bond. In a more comedic than dramatic performance, Jill St. John plays the primary Bond-girl, Tiffany Case. Another is Natalie Wood's younger sister, Lana as Plenty O'Toole.

Here Bond is tracking down the disappearance of vast amounts of diamonds believed to be used in the development of a high powered laser. The primary setting is Las Vegas, the home of a Howard Hughes-like recluse named Willard Whyte, played with pure cornpone by singer and sausage king Jimmy Dean.

Although believed to have been killed in the film's opening scene, resilient bad guy Blofeld (Charles Gray) is behind all the industrial scheming. There are enough holes in the plot to make Swiss cheese seem like cheddar but this Bond is serviceable but far from the top tier. The best section involves Bond and Tiffany eluding the police and sheriff in a snazzy red Mustang Mach I. Very cool.

The Blu ray transfer for this 1971 looks very good. Compared to the DVD, this is a big step up for the 35mm film. It has the usual 1080p resolution and a 2.40:1 aspect ratio enhanced for wide screens. The picture is sharp and clear with no issues that I could see. In an age before surround sound the adaptation to a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio is also excellent. The surrounds are most evident when the John Barry score kicks in. Shirley Bassey is also on board with one of the best Bond theme songs ever. Also listen to the grumbling exhaust of the aforementioned Mustang.
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Format: VHS Tape
Extremely stylish James Bond film, which ushered in the "just for fun era" that didn't end (but was interrupted by For Your Eyes only) until Roger Moore's retirement in 1985. However, this one has several qualities which most of those others don't. First, Sean Connery's back and gives his most complete acting performance in a Bond film. I personally enjoy him more in this film than in any of his other Bonds. It was, for my money, his most relaxed and confident performance. And his less than perfect appearance, though shocking to some, made his portrayal of the world-weary Bond all the more appropriate. Second, the dialogue here is masterful and, for once, truly funny in an ultra-sophisticated sort of way; the witicisms are incredible clever, maybe more so than in any Bond before or since. You have to watch this one over and over just to catch all the ingenious banter. I also really enjoyed all the supporting characters performances as well. While he might have been a little more threatening, Charles Gray's Blofeld is the most memorable of the bunch, and I'd like to think that someone who plots world domination must be somewhat sophisticated and intelligent, rather than just a raving megalamaniac (Pleasance) or a mobster-like neanderthal (Savalas). Next, the producers opted for an older Bond Girl, ala Pussy Galore in Goldfinger, in casting Jill St. John as Tiffany Case and it works well. It would have been hard to stomach a twentish, innocent-looking hardbody in the role of this jaded, international smuggler. Also, in spite of being older and heavier than most Bond girls, Miss St. John comes across as one of the sexiest Bond girls ever and seems to perfectly compliment the aging Connery. The funny but deadly homosexual assassins Wynt and Kidd were perfectly cast, too.Read more ›
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