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50 Years of Bond: ‘Diamonds are Forever’ over the top but dull

8 November 2012 4:00 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Diamonds are Forever

Directed by Guy Hamilton

Screenplay by Richard Maibaum & Tom Mankiewicz

UK, 1971

Following up On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, widely considered by most fans to be the best Bond incarnation pre-reboot, here the series takes a step back to recast the iconic Sean Connery in the role of mischievous misogynist Jimmy B, and promptly trips over itself in a strangely crass and dull outing. Replacing the wooden George Lazenby with the series’ original super spy proves to be mere consolation rather than icing on the cake bomb.

Diamonds are Forever surprisingly starts with direct continuity, with Bond leading a ruthless and fisticuffs laden hunt across the world for wife killer Ernst Stavros Blofelt (played here by Charles Gray). He eventually tracks down the evil mastermind and gives him a searing exit to proceedings, or so it seems. Getting back to the small matter of his day job »

- Scott Patterson

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All About Bond: A Book of 007 Photographs By Terry O’Neill

7 October 2012 5:47 PM, PDT | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

Photographer Terry O’Neill has been snapping shots of James Bond behind the scenes since his arrival in 1962. This book, tied together with essays written by journalists, cultural historians and interviews with Bond girls is a collection of O’Neill’s finest and most revealing work. Though many of the images have not been widely published, O’Neill’s work is easily recognisable by his eavesdropping, yet highly artistic style. Surely you have seen that classic shot of Bond creator Ian Fleming close-up in dotted silk cravat smoking a cigarette? O’Neill took it.

Despite some perfunctory text, All About Bond wisely focuses on O’Neill’s photographs. The best feature Sean Connery goofing about on set, primarily on Diamonds Are Forever (a film he reputedly hated shooting). See the man widely regarded as the best dressed James Bond of all time in two-button Savile Row suit and Turnbull & Asser shirt, »

- Chris Laverty

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Bond-a-Thond #7: 'Diamonds Are Forever' (1971)

25 July 2012 11:45 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

For the next 22 weeks, MTV Movies Blog will be running what we call the Bond-a-Thond. Every Wednesday we're taking a look back at a single (official) Bond film, giving you the vitals and seeing how it holds up, right up until the release of "Skyfall" on November 9. Feel free to watch along with us and share your thoughts or just kick back and enjoy the Bond.

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Plot: Bond is hot on the trail of a diamond smuggling operation that MI6 suspects is attempting to flood the market with stockpiled jems.

Title Meaning: A rather literal reference to the stones at the center of the plot

Bond: Sean Connery returns to the role to make his final appearance in an Eon-produced Bond movie.

Villain: Ernst Stavro Blofeld makes his final appearance in the series with that name. He'll show up in "For Your Eyes Only," but goes unnamed because of legal disagreements. »

- Kevin P. Sullivan

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James Bond Declassified: File #7 - 'Diamonds Are Forever' is Connery's last shot

24 June 2012 7:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

James Bond 007 Declassified File #7: "Diamonds Are Forever" This series will trace the cinema history of James Bond, while also examining Ian Fleming's original novels as source material and examining how faithful (or not) the films have been to his work. Directed by Guy Hamilton Screenplay by Richard Maibuam and Tom Makiewicz Produced by Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli Characters / Cast James Bond / Sean Connery Tiffany Case / Jill St. John Ernst Stavro Blofeld / Charles Gray Plenty O'Toole / Lana Wood Willard Whyte / Jimmy Dean Saxby / Bruce Cabot Mr. Kidd / Putter Smith Mr. »

- Drew McWeeny

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DVD Playhouse--May 2012

7 May 2012 3:57 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse – May 2012

By Allen Gardner

Shame (20th Century Fox) Director Steve McQueen’s harrowing portrait of a Manhattan sex addict (Michael Fassbender, in the year’s most riveting performance) whose psyche goes into overload when his equally-troubled sister (Carey Mulligan) visits unexpectedly. Exquisitely-made on every level, save for the screenplay, which makes its point after about thirty minutes. While it tries hard to be a modern-day Last Tango in Paris, this fatal flaw makes it fall somewhat short. The much- ballyhooed sex scenes and frontal nudity are the least-interesting things about the film, incidentally, which is still a must-see for discriminating adults who seek out challenging material. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.

Being John Malkovich (Criterion) Spike Jonze’s madcap film of Charlie Kaufman’s script, regarding a socially-disenfranchised puppeteer (John Cusack) who finds a portal into the mind of actor »

- The Hollywood

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James Bond Retrospective: Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

15 February 2012 12:13 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

To mark the 50th Anniversary of one of the most successful movie franchises of all time and as James Bond prepares for his 23rd official outing in Skyfall later this year, I have been tasked with taking a retrospective look at the films that turned author Ian Fleming’s creation into one of the most recognised and iconic characters in film history.

Following the departure of George Lazenby after just one film in the lead role, producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman were left wondering if the success and popularity of the series so far had been down to just one man, Sean Connery. While Lazenby had made a good impression as Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service his performance was essentially a reinterpretation of Connery rather than a reinvention of the role itself. With the producers keen to cast a new lead they set to work auditioning actors for the part, »

- Chris Wright

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Who’s Minding the Store?

16 January 2012 7:10 AM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 27, 2012

Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Olive Films

Jerry Lewis types one out in Who's Minding the Store?

The colorful and cluttered 1963 comedy film Who’s Minding the Store? marks the seventh of eight collaborations between star Jerry Lewis (Boeing Boeing) and director Frank Tashlin, including The Geisha Boy and Cinderfella.

Lewis plays Norman Phiffier, a professional dog walker who’s in love with the beautiful Barbara Tuttle (Jill St. John, Diamonds are Forever), an elevator operator in her parents’ Macys-like department store, Tuttles.

Disapproving of the couple and determined to break them up, Barbara’s conniving mother Phoebe (Agnes Moorehead, Citizen Kane) hires Norman to work in the store, where he is given a  series of seemingly impossible jobs. But even as he takes on the difficulties of the sports department, ladies shoes section and shipping floor, Norman gets the jobs done — with slapstick to spare! »

- Laurence

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