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Richard Maibaum (screenplay) and
Tom Mankiewicz (screenplay)
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17 December 1971 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
"Diamonds Are Forever"...forever...forever...forever... See more »
Plot:
A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an extortion plot headed by his nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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"They can stimulate and tease me." See more (253 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sean Connery ... James Bond

Jill St. John ... Tiffany Case

Charles Gray ... Blofeld

Lana Wood ... Plenty O'Toole
Jimmy Dean ... Willard Whyte

Bruce Cabot ... Saxby
Putter Smith ... Mr. Kidd

Bruce Glover ... Mr. Wint
Norman Burton ... Leiter
Joseph Fürst ... Dr Metz (as Joseph Furst)

Bernard Lee ... 'M'

Desmond Llewelyn ... 'Q'
Leonard Barr ... Shady Tree

Lois Maxwell ... Moneypenny
Margaret Lacey ... Mrs. Whistler
Joe Robinson ... Peter Franks
David de Keyser ... Doctor (as David De Keyser)
Laurence Naismith ... Sir Donald Munger
David Bauer ... Mr. Slumber

Marc Lawrence ... Slumber Inc. Attendant

Sid Haig ... Slumber Inc. Attendant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sammy Davis Jr. ... Casino Player (scenes deleted)
John Abineri ... Airline Representative (uncredited)
Ray Baker ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)

Ed Bishop ... Klaus Hergersheimer (uncredited)
Nicky Blair ... Doorman (uncredited)
Larry J. Blake ... Water Balloon Game Barker-Operator (uncredited)
Ed Call ... Maxie (uncredited)
George Lane Cooper ... SPECTRE Agent (uncredited)
Dick Crockett ... Crane Operator (uncredited)
Catherine Deeney ... Welfare Worker (uncredited)
Gary Dubin ... Boy (uncredited)
Clifford Earl ... Immigration Officer (uncredited)
Mark Elwes ... Sir Donald's Secretary (uncredited)
Brinsley Forde ... Houseboy (uncredited)

Constantine Gregory ... Aide to Metz (uncredited)
David Healy ... Vandenburg Launch Director (uncredited)
Karl Held ... Agent (uncredited)
Roy Hollis ... Las Vegas Sheriff (uncredited)
Bill Hutchinson ... Moon Crater Controller (uncredited)
Janos Kurucz ... Aide to Metz (uncredited)
Lola Larson ... Bambi (uncredited)

Debbie Letteau ... Girl on the Corner (uncredited)
Frank Mann ... Moon Crater Guard (uncredited)
Connie Mason ... Woman at Whyte House (uncredited)
Don Messick ... Announcer at Circus Circus (uncredited)
Burt Metcalfe ... Maxwell (uncredited)
Johnny Miller ... Gunman (uncredited)

Terence Mountain ... 1st Guard (uncredited)
Frank Olegario ... Man in Fez (uncredited)
Trina Parks ... Thumper (uncredited)
Denise Perrier ... Marie (uncredited)

Valerie Perrine ... Shady Tree's Acorn (uncredited)

Shane Rimmer ... Tom (uncredited)
Henry Rowland ... Dr. Tynan (uncredited)
Gordon Ruttan ... Vandenburg Aide (uncredited)
Jay Sarno ... Sideshow Barker (uncredited)
Tom Steele ... W Technologies Gate Guard (uncredited)
Michael Valente ... Slumber Inc. Attendant (uncredited)
E.J. 'Tex' Young ... Craps Dealer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Guy Hamilton 
 
Writing credits
Richard Maibaum (screenplay) and
Tom Mankiewicz (screenplay)

Ian Fleming (novel: Diamonds Are Forever) uncredited

Produced by
Albert R. Broccoli .... producer
Harry Saltzman .... producer
Stanley Sopel .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
John Barry 
 
Cinematography by
Ted Moore (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bert Bates 
John W. Holmes  (as John W.Holmes)
 
Casting by
Weston Drury Jr. (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Ken Adam 
 
Art Direction by
Bill Kenney 
Jack Maxsted 
 
Set Decoration by
John P. Austin  (as John Austin)
Peter Lamont 
 
Makeup Department
Basil Newall .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Linda Trainoff .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Eileen Warwick .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Milton Feldman .... production manager
Claude Hudson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derek Cracknell .... assistant director
Jerome M. Siegel .... assistant director
Raymond Becket .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Mel Efros .... assistant director (uncredited)
Mike Frankovich Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
Richard Jenkins .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Ken Swor .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ron Quelch .... production buyer (as Ronnie Quelch)
Ted Ambrose .... draughtsman (uncredited)
John Anderson .... props (uncredited)
Roger Apperson .... carpenter (uncredited)
Ivor Beddoes .... sketch artist (uncredited)
Dennis Bosher .... draughtsman (uncredited)
John Chisholm .... prop man (uncredited)
Jerry Graham .... prop master (uncredited)
William Hiney .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Gary F. Kieldrup .... props (uncredited)
Daniel A. Lomino .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Alan Manser .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Raynsford W. Newhouse .... construction supervisor (uncredited)
Allan Range .... carpenter (uncredited)
John Treman .... lead man (uncredited)
Roy Walker .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Ward Welton .... painter (uncredited)
Doug Wilson .... painter (uncredited)
Thomas J. Wright .... sketch artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Christopher Lancaster .... dubbing editor
Teddy Mason .... dubbing editor
Gordon K. McCallum .... dubbing mixer (as Gordon McCallum)
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist (as John Mitchell)
Al Overton .... sound recordist
Jim Shields .... dubbing editor (as Jimmy Shields)
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Joseph Kite .... cableman (uncredited)
Richard Spelker .... boom man (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Les Hillman .... special effects (as Leslie Hillman)
Whitey McMahon .... special effects
Andy Evans .... special effects (uncredited)
Bert Luxford .... assistant physical special effects (uncredited)
Don Wolz .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Alex Clifton .... damage artist: pristine digital restoration: Lowry Digital Images a DTS company (2006 restoration)
Adam J. Herpy .... damage artist: pristine digital restoration: Lowry Digital Images a DTS company (2006 restoration)
Paul Edward Jackson .... 4K film scanning: pristine digital restoration: Lowry Digital Images a DTS company (2006 restoration) (as Paul E. Jackson)
Daniel Ortiz .... damage artist: pristine digital restoration: Lowry Digital Images a DTS company (2006 restoration)
Alan Silvers .... producer: pristine digital restoration: Lowry Digital Images a DTS company (2006 restoration)
Wally Veevers .... visual effects
Albert Whitlock .... visual effects
Benton Wong .... damage artist: pristine digital restoration: Lowry Digital Images a DTS company (2006 restoration)
Jim Danforth .... model animator: submarine (uncredited)
Roy Field .... optical cinematography (uncredited)
Charles Staffell .... optical/projection effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Paul Baxley .... stunt arranger
Bob Simmons .... stunt arranger
Craig R. Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Lightning Bear .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Johnny Bossle .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Monty Bossle .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Buzz Bundy .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard E. Butler .... stunt double (uncredited)
Dennis Camsey .... stunts (uncredited)
George Lane Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Gerry Crampton .... stunt double (uncredited)
Leslie Crawford .... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Crockett .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Cummings .... stunts (uncredited)
Vince Deadrick Sr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Dimitri .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Eddon .... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Ekins .... stunts (uncredited)
Patty Elder .... stunts (uncredited)
Donna Garrett .... stunts (uncredited)
Reg Harding .... stunts (uncredited)
Orwin C. Harvey .... stunt double: high fall from oil rig (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Hickman .... stunts (uncredited)
Jazzer Jeyes .... stunts (uncredited)
Max Latimer .... stunt double: Charles Gray (uncredited)
George Leech .... stunts (uncredited)
Jimmy Lodge .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Johnny Miller .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Victor Paul .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Doug Robinson .... stunts (uncredited)
George Robotham .... stunts (uncredited)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Wally Rose .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Scheiwiller .... stunts (uncredited)
Alex Sharp .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Sholomir .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Simmons .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
Roy Street .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Stromsoe .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Summers .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Waters .... stunts (uncredited)
Chris Webb .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Williams .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Johnson .... camera operator
Bob Kindred .... camera operator
Harold E. Wellman .... second unit cameraman (as Harold Wellman)
Bill Beam .... second grip (uncredited)
Robert Blair .... grip (uncredited)
Ken John Borland .... crab dolly operator (uncredited)
Richard Borland .... key grip (uncredited)
Bert Bosher .... electrical supervisor (uncredited)
Roger DeSantis .... best boy (uncredited)
John Flanagan .... electrician (uncredited)
Chuck Fowler .... electrician (uncredited)
Gary Gravelin .... electrician (uncredited)
Lee Green .... still photographer (uncredited)
Paul Grosso .... generator operator (uncredited)
John Howard .... camera operator: special unit (uncredited)
Joe Jackman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Bruce Johnston .... generator operator (uncredited)
Calvin Maehl .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Ross A. Maehl .... gaffer (uncredited)
Robert Marta .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Frank Palmer .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Mike Roberts .... focus puller (uncredited)
Paul Schwake Jr. .... grip (uncredited)
Bradley B. Six .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert Six .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jim Stott .... electrician (uncredited)
George Whitear .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Donfeld .... costumes: Miss St. John's (as Don Feld)
Elsa Fennell .... wardrobe supervisor
Ted Tetrick .... wardrobe supervisor
Ray Beck .... wardrobe master (uncredited)
Kent James .... costumer (uncredited)
Mina Mittelman .... costumer (uncredited)
Anthony Sinclair .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Marion Grau .... colorist: Lowry Digital Images a DTS company (Pristine Digital Restoration) (as Marian A. Grau)
Margaret Miller .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
John Barry .... music arranger
Monty Norman .... composer: The James Bond theme
Sidney Margo .... music contractor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Frank Austin .... driver (uncredited)
Ronnie Baker .... driver (uncredited)
James D. Brubaker .... driver (uncredited)
Gil Casper .... driver (uncredited)
Jerry Cipperly .... driver (uncredited)
Gene Clinesmith .... driver (uncredited)
Alan Falco .... driver (uncredited)
Nick Falco .... driver (uncredited)
Robert Fish .... driver (uncredited)
Dennis Hollis .... driver (uncredited)
Leroy E. Hollis .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Bob Howell .... driver (uncredited)
Buck Master .... driver (uncredited)
Hank Moreland .... driver (uncredited)
Pierce Murphy .... driver (uncredited)
Ed Ortego .... driver (uncredited)
Ralph Pierce .... driver (uncredited)
B. Polanski .... driver (uncredited)
Jerry Quintana .... driver (uncredited)
Allee G. Reed .... driver (uncredited)
Tim Sheen .... driver (uncredited)
Jean Spray .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Maurice Binder .... main title designed by
Albert R. Broccoli .... presenter
Bernard Hanson .... location manager
Del Ross .... continuity
Eddie Saeta .... location manager
Harry Saltzman .... presenter
Elaine Schreyeck .... continuity
Ed Clark .... first aid (uncredited)
Ken Hardie .... craft service (uncredited)
Jane Leat .... production secretary (uncredited)
Don Morgan .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Chi Nishida .... company secretary (uncredited)
Dominic Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
William Smith .... location auditor (uncredited)
Don Wyman .... production auditor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Mi Casa Multimedia  DVD audio restoration & mastering 5.1 (uncredited)
  • Aston Martin Lagonda  the producers gratefully acknowledge the help and co-operation of (as Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd)
  • C.T.S. Studios  music recorded at (as C.T.S. Studios, London, England)
  • Circus Circus  the producers gratefully acknowledge the help and co-operation of (as Circus Circus, City of Las Vegas)
  • David Morris Jewellers  the producers gratefully acknowledge the help and co-operation of
  • Dover Harbour Board  the producers gratefully acknowledge the help and co-operation of (as The Dover Harbour Board)
  • Dunes Hotel, Casino and Country Club  the producers gratefully acknowledge the help and co-operation of (as The Dunes Hotel, City of Las Vegas)
  • Ford Motor Company  the producers gratefully acknowledge the help and co-operation of (as The Ford Motor Company)
  • Honda Motor Company  the producers gratefully acknowledge the help and co-operation of
  • International Hotel, The  the producers gratefully acknowledge the help and co-operation of (as The International Hotel, City of Las Vegas)
  • Landmark Hotel, The  the producers gratefully acknowledge the help and co-operation of (as The Landmark Hotel, City of Las Vegas)
  • Lowry Digital Images  pristine digital restoration by (as Lowry Digital Images a DTS company) (2006 restoration)
  • Mint Hotel, The  the producers gratefully acknowledge the help and co-operation of (as The Mint Hotel, City of Las Vegas)
  • P & O - Orient Lines  the producers gratefully acknowledge the help and co-operation of (as P & O Lines)
  • Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas  the producers gratefully acknowledge the help and co-operation of (as The Riviera Hotel, City of Las Vegas)
  • Sands Regency Hotel & Casino  the producers gratefully acknowledge the help and co-operation of (as The Sands Hotel, City of Las Vegas)
  • Tropicana Hotel, The  the producers gratefully acknowledge the help and co-operation of (as The Tropicana Hotel, City of Las Vegas)
  • Ultra Film Synchron  german post-synchronization by (uncredited)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ian Fleming's Diamonds Are Forever" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
120 min | France:101 min
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Color:
Color (colour) (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Iceland:12 | Italy:T | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | New Zealand:PG | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1971) | Peru:14 | South Korea:15 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 (uncut) (1992) | Sweden:15 (cut) (1971) | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (2012) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (1992) (2001) | USA:PG | USA:GP (original rating) (MPAA rating: certificate #23067) | USA:PG (re-rating) (1994) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
George Lazenby was asked to make a second Bond movie but declined, due to a lengthy and restrictive potential contract. Burt Reynolds was the original choice to replace him but was unavailable. Then American actor John Gavin was signed to play James Bond in this movie. At the time, he had recently played the French Spy OSS 117 in the Eurospy flick OSS 117 - Double Agent (1968). Adam West turned down the role because he felt that James Bond should be a British actor. Michael Gambon turned down the role because he was "in terrible shape" and "had tits like a woman." At the last minute Sean Connery agreed to return as Bond for the sixth time in a two-picture deal and at an astronomical salary for the time. Producer Albert R. Broccoli insisted that Gavin be paid-out the full salary called for in his contract.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint operate by killing their victims quickly and with certainty, except for Bond who they leave in a deathtrap.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
James Bond:[tossing Japanese man around] Where is he? I shan't ask you politely next time. Where is Blofeld?
Japanese man:Ca-Ca-Cairo.
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Movie Connections:
Edited into The Bond Sound: The Music of 007 (2000) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
James Bond ThemeSee more »

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41 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
"They can stimulate and tease me.", 15 June 2006
Author: Merwyn Grote (majikstl@aol.com) from St. Louis, Missouri

You don't review James Bond movies, you evaluate them, rate them according to how well they meet expectations. There are certain things one has come to expect, even demand of a Bond film and each individual effort either delivers or it doesn't. So, here are ten elements that make a Bond film a Bond film and how DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER rates on a scale of 1 to 10:

Title: DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER: A slight perversion of the once popular ad line used to sell wedding rings, this title suggests romance, but certainly that is the last thing on the film's agenda. It's a wonderfully deceptive title. 10 points.

Pre-Credit Teaser: Bond "kills" Blofeld, which supposedly seems to tie up major loose ends from ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE. But considering that when last we saw him, Blofeld was murdering James' new bride, such a confrontation should have immense power. An important turning point in the series slips past with no acknowledgment. Though the opening does serve to show that Sean Connery is back and George Lazenby has been released from Bondage. 2 points.

Opening Credits: Maurice Binder's style of opening montage is wearing just a tad old and predictable. Pretty enough with its diamond-studded theme for 4 points, but not good enough to do justice to the:

Theme Song: It is said that originally the film was to be a followup to GOLDFINGER, with his brother taking up where Goldfinger left off. That never came off, but certainly "Diamonds are Forever" is a perfect companion piece to the earlier theme song. It, of course, has the fabulous Shirley Bassey doing the vocals again, but it also repeats the cynicism of applying sensuous lust to material wealth. It's an anti-love song, much like "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend," only it doesn't hide its hard-edged avarice under a bouncy tune. It is, I think, even better than "Goldfinger," and may be the prefect James Bond song: amoral, stylish and seductive. 10 points

"Bond, James Bond": Connery is back, a bit chunkier and a tad grayer, but apparently his extended vacation from the role of 007 paid off. Personally, I think this is his best Bond work as Sean strolls through the film with relaxed charm and a complete understanding that this film, if not the entire series, is a comedy. Bond purists tend to disregard DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER because of its flip attitude, but that is what makes it my favorite. 10 points.

Bond Babes: Lana Wood, Natalie's sister, is on hand as the mandatory eye candy, and is all-too-disposable as Plenty O'Toole. But someone had the bright idea of making the main Bond Girl someone with a flair for comedy. Enter maturing starlet Jill St. John, the epitome of 1960's cheesy, Playboy sexuality. Whatever her limitations as an actress, St. John certainly had the knack for using her sexuality as an amusing toy and still maintain the edge that she is a lot smarter than she looks. As Tiffany Case, her intelligence seems to diminish as the film wears on (it seems the women Bond beds all end up dead or dumb), but her ability to fill a bikini remains indisputable. 9 points.

Bond Villain: Ernst Stavro Blofeld is back again, though only his love of fluffy, white pussycats remains constant. The intense geek of Donald Peasence and the uncouth thug of Telly Savalas are replaced by Charles Gray, who opts to play the part with droll, bemused wit and -- radically -- a full head of hair. Gray never gained iconic stature as Blofeld (that would come later as the Blofeld-like narrator in THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW), but for my money he is the best Blofeld, a villain of classy arrogance who is singularly unimpressed by Bond. 10 points.

Bond Baddies: Ah yes, Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint; as played by Putter Smith and Bruce Glover, they are the Chip and Dale of Bond assassins; two more gracious and well-mannered killers would be hard to find. The film has been accused of homophobia for including a pair of gay killers, but considering the sheer number of assassins to cross Bond's path, it would be more discriminatory to exclude them based on their orientation. Wint and Kidd are at once gay clichés and yet surprisingly non-stereotypical. Nonetheless, they glide (prance? skip?) through the film with cold-blooded assurance and a rather endearing affection. And if they aren't butch enough, there's always Bambi and Thumper (Lola Larson and Trina Parks) on hand to beat the tar out of James. 9 points.

Plot: Blofeld hopes to corner the diamond market to use them on some sort of outer space laser with which he can -- again -- hold the nations of the world for ransom. Doesn't this guy ever learn? They even do the "you've killed James Bond" bit again. 5 points.

Production values: Bond's globetrotting brings him to the glitz and pseudo-grandeur of Las Vegas in all of its tacky glory. It makes for a nicely surrealistic backdrop, appropriate for the film's self-mocking attitude -- though a major chase scene is marred by the large number of tourists standing along the route, watching the filming. 7 points.

Bonus Points: The Bond producers' love of unorthodox casting pays off with the selection of country singer and sausage maker Jimmy Dean as the reclusive millionaire based on Howard Hughes. It is such a bizarre choice, yet Dean's country boy charm is a wonderful contrast to both Hughes' nutty behavior and to the bemused sophistication of Bond. 5 points.

Summary: DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER is a turning point in the series; the gritty, pseudo-realism of the early films is gone in favor of slick comic book sci-fi gloss. Whatever the series loses in thrills it makes up for in fun.

Bond-o-meter Rating: 81 points out of 100.

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