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Well well, this one has really elicited some polarised opinion! Connery
returned here for three principal reasons. Despite the box-office success
ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, Lazenby's post-production antics and
monetary demands cost him a job. US actor John Gavin (mercifully) declined
the role in this film and thirdly public demand and an offer he couldn't
refuse (something to do with truck-loads of cash), induced Connery so slap
on the old hairpiece once more! Looking visibly older, though not in any
detrimental to the role, Sean revels in what obviously (to him) was his
swansong as 007. Almost a complete turnaround in style from his
mega-serious British Agent in his previous five outings, Bond is having
Virtually a total send up of the entire franchise to date, Bond veritably
dribbles double entendres unloading on the audience probably the rudest
funniest dialog of the series. Pick of the flick? "I'm Plenty O'Toole" to
which Bond quips, "Named after your father are you?"
The plot is more or less made up as they went along and is just plain incidental to the Movie. Campy beyond belief, even to the extent of having a pair of confrontingly homosexual killers who bumble their way to annihilation at the film's conclusion. Most Bond purists choked on their martinis with the release of DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. The way to enjoy this one is to let it flow....don't compare it! Have no expectations and let Connery entertain you. One right out of the bag here. If you want it to fit a pre-conceived mould, you're in for a major disappointment. For God's sake how seriously could you take a Bond film starring singer Jimmy Dean, not to mention a couple of beefed up exquisitely proportioned female minders called Bambi and Thumper?
One of the Bonds that has improved with age AND multiple viewings. RIP James!
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After George Lazenby's single outing as James Bond Sean Connery is back
again. Some people think this is one of the worst Bond films; I
wouldn't go that far but it is certainly a lot more frivolous then
previous instalments; there was always the occasional one liner but
here they come thick and fast. In the pre-credit sequence. Bond tracks
down and apparently kills Blofeld, who is now played by Charles Gray.
With that case wrapped up he is set to work investigating diamonds
being smuggled out of South Africa. His sent to Amsterdam where he
poses as a known smuggler to get the diamonds of one Tiffany Chase. In
order to find out who is organising the smuggling he then takes them to
Los Angeles where he is met and taken to Las Vegas. Here he learns that
they aren't being smuggled for financial reasons but to be used in a
satellite based weapon
will he be able to prevent it being used
against Washington DC?
As said before this is less serious then the previous films; I don't think it is bad though; in fact I've always rather enjoyed it. Charles Gray does a good job as arch-villain Blofeld but Putter Smith and Bruce Glover steal the show as Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint; a pair of creepy killers who have a 'witty' line for every occasion. Jill St John does a fine job as Tiffany Case but the other 'Bond Girl' in this film, Lana Wood, who plays the appropriately named Plenty O'Toole, is rather under-used. The story is good enough although there are one or two plot holes for example Tiffany checks fingerprints to identify Bond as the smuggler but has no photograph of the real smuggler. As one would expect from a Bond film there are plenty of stunts, action and explosions. Over all I'd recommend this to other Bond fans even though it isn't a classic.
The first Bond movie of the 70's and you can already tell a difference
in the picture as well as color. In this film we have the return of
Sean Connery for one last film, which is because of hatred the viewers
gave to On Her Majesty's Secret Service, staring George Lazenby. It is
also because of that film that this review may get a better score than
it might deserve, being the follow-up to that catastrophe. Please click
the link above to read my raging review.
Anyways, I found this film to be actually pretty good, especially compared to its predecessor (I'm going to try to not keep bashing On Her Majesty's Secret Service, but I might just not be able to help myself.) I most of it, but there were still some goofy elements added to it. For example oh, and if you haven't seen this 42 year old movie, then sorry for spoilers when Bond steals the space/moon driving machine and the bad guys send 3 cars (who fail to catch Bond) and 3 motorcycles (who also fail) and the scene goes on for a good 5-7 minutes, it's hard to keep a straight face.
Anyways, I didn't like how the actors playing Blowfelt I finally figured out his name but referred to him as Dr. Evil in my previous reviews kept changing. This guy wasn't the same as the Blowfelt in You Only Live Twice but hey AT LEAST HE WAS BETTER THAN THE GUY IN ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE!Anyway, his performance was good and I enjoyed how he created a double of himself.
Another part of this movie that I loved was Mr. Wint and Mr. Kid. They played really good roles and I enjoyed their performance. I feel like Mr. Wint was one of those guys who would be saying something like, "Boy, this building is quite high up. It would be a shame if someone were to fall off."
I give Diamonds Are Forever a 7.5 out of 10 for having the return of Sean Connery, characters like Mr. Wint and Kid, and just being a fun film. Some of the lines and chases are silly, but hey, AT LEAST IT'S NOT AS BAD AS . Well, you already know what I'm going to say.
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I found the recently released 3-DVD set of Connery as Bond movies at my
local public library, and this is one of them.
It starts off with a glimpse of workers in diamond mines and the way some theft and smuggling comes about. Then in a broader issue, large quantities of diamonds are disappearing.
Sean Connery (age 40), back as James Bond, is sent in to investigate. That takes him to the casinos of Las Vegas. The main Bond girl is Jill St. John (age 30) as Tiffany Case. The nemesis is Charles Gray as Blofeld, and we find out he hatched a plan to take control of a commercial satellite launch with a laser, and using the diamonds as a way to make the lasers many times more powerful, enough so that it can destroy from space. Washington becomes threatened.
The final action takes them to a Baha California offshore oil platform, where Blofeld has established a base of operations for the threat.
Looking back at this movie made almost 45 years ago it is somewhat "cheesy" by today's standard. But I never expect a James Bond movie to be any more than that, "cheesy" action and "cheesy" fights. The entertainment is to see how many novel situations the writers can imagine Bond getting into, always in suit and tie, and the novel ways they have him getting out of trouble. Often it would be easy to eliminate James Bond and solve the issue of him on the trail, but James Bond never gets killed!
I enjoyed it, I was entertained. It was fun seeing a young Lana Wood as Plenty O'Toole, she was gorgeous at 24, but her scenes were cut short in editing. It was also fun seeing Jimmy Dean as Willard Whyte, owner of the "Whyte House" in Las Vegas and the wealthy industrialist responsible for the satellite laser technology.
The movie resulted to be Sean Connery's last appearance as Bond before
he returned again in ¨Never say never again¨ by Irwin Keshner . M (
Bernard Lee )assigns an under-grade mission to Bond dealing with
diamonds robbing but the events go worse . This time Bond confronts
Blofeld (Charles Gray) and a strange couple , Mr Kid and Mr Wint (Bruce
Glover and Putter Smith ) in a intrigue about diamonds smuggling and a
final with satellite full of nuclear weapons , holding of the world to
ransom . Bond is helped by a Howard Hughes type recluse (Jimmy Dean)
and of course Q (Desmond Llewelyn ). And the extraordinary presence of
a marvelous girl (Jill St John) and secondary appearance another Bond
female ( Lana Wood, Natalie Wood's sister ) in the ordinary Casino of
Las Vegas .
The film contains spectacular fights , action packed , car chases , apocalyptic and overwhelming scenarios along with the typically glossy ingredients series but Sean Connery looks a little bit boring ,in fact is his Bond last film , before his surprising return . It is held together by fine acting and above all, and overwhelming level of tongue-in-cheek . Sean Connery as James Bond is cool , he has coldness and toughness , typical characters of the famous personage , but also earns in irony , suavity and smoothness . The interesting screenplay based on Ian Fleming's novel is written by Richard Maibaum and the recently deceased Tom Mankiewicz. The action is very good , the cinematography by Ted Moore is magnificent , the sets decent , but the real clincher is the fact that Bond is once more performed by a hero with the right stuff . The struggles were carefully choreographed by very accomplished athletes as a pair gorgeous killer karate female bodyguards and performed like a dance routine requiring each participant to hit their mark at the correct time . The picture is produced by habituals Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli filmed on location in Amsterdam , Netherland , Los Angeles ,Nevada and Pinewood Studios ,London,England. The atmosphere is faithful to the actual location but the interiors on a set at Pinewood Studios. Appropriate and wonderful -as usual- musical score by John Barry .Main title song is catching and marvelously performed by Shirley Bassey . The motion picture is well directed by Guy Hamilton who also directed ¨Live and let die¨, ¨the man with the golden gun¨ with Roger Moore and the best Bond : ¨Goldfinger ¨also with Sean Connery . Indispensable and essential watching for James Bond fans .
This is a pretty funny 007 film starring Sean Connery as his last
outing as James Bond in the original continuity (not counting the
Thunderball remake Never Say Never Again). Bond gets involved in a
diamond smuggling investigation in Las Vegas, where he uncovers an
extortion plot headed by his number one enemy, Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
Unlike earlier Bond films, you get to see Bond deal more one-on-one with Blofeld. There are more, if I remember, comedy in this entry than earlier films, particularly in that of Bond girl Tiffany Case (Jill St. John). I actually thought Case did a good job in her role; she was very funny and entertaining. There are also plenty of other Bond girls including that of Bambi and Thumper.
Bond did his usual one-liners and Licensed to Kill action in this film, but it was evident that Connery was done with the role. While many Bond films tend to drag on the plot a little, this one was pretty fast-paced and entertaining for me and I thought it closes out the Connery saga pretty well.
Sean Connery returns and kills Blofeld in the first 10 minutes. Then
he's put onto the case of missing South African diamonds. He assumes
the identity of diamond smuggler Peter Franks. But his investigation
leads him to Las Vegas and an unexpected nemesis.
This is probably one of the weaker Bond movie. It is just not exotic to be stuck in Vegas for so long. It's the difference between real locations and Hollywood sets. Vegas could be fun, but it's not exotic. Although, it is interesting to see the old style Vegas before the modern built-up.
The best new names have to be Bambi and Thumper. They are amazingly hot bodyguards. And then we got sexy Jill St. John firing her gun in a bikini. No matter what happens, a Bond movie will usually have great Bond girls.
There is more sly humor than ever before. There are the sarcastic killer pair Mr Kidd and Mr Wint with their dead pan humor. The sexual innuendos are thicker than ever. There is a bad Roger Moore quality to this Bond movie. Only Moore knows how to do it with a nudge and a wink. The moon rover chase is one of the stupidest thing ever. And there isn't anything superior in any of the designs either. A tiny oil platform isn't that impressive for an evil hideout.
Lusty, exciting, ingenious 007 yarn--easily one of the best in the James Bond franchise. After a one-picture absence, Sean Connery eases back into action as super-agent Bond with the gait of a hip lion in this dazzling adventure set mostly in Las Vegas, featuring great locations circa 1971 and a myriad of colorful villains. Blofeld returns (this time played by a somewhat more cavalier Charles Gray); he's after some diamonds to complete a space laser beam which can be used to decimate nuclear weaponry on Earth. Connery is older but no less in command, and he's paired very smartly with Jill St. John as Tiffany Case (in a lively performance) and Lana Wood as Plenty O'Toole (delicious eye candy who is unfortunately left expendable by the editing). A wonderfully sharp screenplay, several hair-raising fights (look out for Bambi and Thumper!), and a very tight direction by Guy Hamilton make this Bond hard to top. ***1/2 from ****
After the release of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, most people probably assumed that George Lazenby was officially the new James Bond... they were wrong. Connery returned supposedly one last time to reprise Bond in 'Diamonds Are Forever' which completed the Ernest Blofeld trilogy of the series for those who know what I'm talking about. The film picks up loosely following the events of OHMSS. What are those events one might ask? Watch it and see for yourself. Overall, I really liked Diamonds are Forever. It is on of the first Bond films I saw as a teenager so I guess it holds somewhat of a special place for me. That being said, I may fail to point out possible legit criticisms so for anyone who wonders what those criticisms could be, watch the movie or look for another review. Regardless of what "could" be wrong with Diamonds Are Forever, it definitely holds up well and is very entertaining. The movie on one or two occasions tends to make fun of itself but that really takes nothing away from it. As with the previous installments before and after Thunderball, I recommend this Bond title.
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'Diamonds are Forever' marked the return of Sean Connery as British
superspy James Bond for one film. The plot involves diamond smuggling
and takes Bond to Las Vegas. His love interest here is Tiffany Case
(Jill St. John), and there is terrific support from a pair of
homosexual (very risqué for the time - 1971) hit men named Mr. Kidd
(Putter Smith) and Mr. Wint (Bruce Glover), and also from Charles Gray
as the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
As usual, there are plenty of action set pieces on display: a close-quarters fight betwixt Bond and an adversary in an elevator, a splendidly shot car chase through the glittering streets of Vegas, and a helicopter raid upon an oil rig at the film's denouement. This helicopter raid recalls the one on Piz Gloria - where Blofeld had based his headquarters - in 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'.
Sean Connery is in fine form. He is, and always will be, the best Bond and, as a valediction, 'Diamonds are Forever' is pretty good. It is no 'From Russia With Love' but it certainly entertains. And there is a wonderful theme song which marks the always welcome return of Shirley Bassey's powerful and bewitching voice.
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