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Sean Connery returns in the 7th installment to the super spy series.
This film begins with James Bond killing Blofeld in revenge for the
death of his wife in the last film. After that is accomplished, Bond is
put on a diamond smuggling case where he meets the beautiful Tiffany
Case, a woman involved with the operation. As the mission goes on,
James Bond discovers that he killed a Blofeld double, and the leader of
SPECTRE is planning to use the diamonds to power a weapon that can
incinerate military equipment from space. Now Bond is determined to
stop Blofeld once and for all. It's nice to see Sean Connery return,
but he doesn't seem that into any more.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service was the first bad Bond movie in my opinion, and part of why that movie was bad was George Lazenby's weak performance. You'd think that with Sean Connery returning to the role, this movie would be better. Unfortunately, since his last go as Bond in 1967, he has visibly aged. He's got graying hair, crow's feet, and he's a bit chubbier. This Bond film takes a turn away from serious espionage and tries to add more slapstick comedy and fun action scenes. One example is a terrible scene where Bond gets away from the bad guys in a moon rover, or during the climax when he uses an escape pod containing Blofeld as a wrecking ball. The terrible characters of Wint and Kidd are in here, and their annoying conversations make one want to hit the Fast Forward button. Blofeld is terrible in this movie. When he first appeared in From Russia With Love when he first appeared, he was sinister, certainly a force to be reckoned with. He lost a lot of his evil in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and in this movie he actually dresses up in drag to trap Tiffany Case, something the original Blofeld would never do. The dialogue is cornier than any other Bond film so far, and so are the action scenes.
The acting isn't very good. Charles Gray is a terrible Blofeld, and Jill St. John doesn't make a very good Bond girl. Sean Connery is okay I guess, but it seems like his heart's not in the role anymore.
Overall, this is a dumbly entertaining action film, but as a Bond film, it's not that great.
Discounting 'Never Say Never Again' (which isn't an official Bond film,
just a poor remake of Thunderball) this Connery's 2nd official swan
song, and probably my least favourite of the Connery outings. On his
image alone it is clear why they axed Connery after 'You only Live
Twice' to bring in George Lazenby; but after he was not given a warm
reception by the fans, Connery is back for one last time; and his age
is definitely showing.
Other than his appearance though, he still has that special something that proved he was the best choice in the first place, and Diamonds Are Forever isn't a bad film, it's merely lacking the solidity and intrigue of the previous films.
There's still plenty of good action, an interesting plot, the quite stunning Jill St. John and some wonderful scenery.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The return of Sean Connery to E.O.N productions for "Diamonds Are
Forever" was a surprise. It is a lot of fun from beginning to end with
Sean Connery giving a great performance as Bond .
He seems to have mellowed and delivers the nifty one liners by Tom Mankiewicz in a subtly knowing way.
It seems to to be a more suave interpretation of Bond -- his voice is softer and therefore when he threatens he is much more of a lethal presence than before. There are action sequences with much more of a comic slant and Blofeld seems a lot more camp in Charles Gray's witty performance along with the very funny henchmen Mr Wint and Mr.Kidd.If this was the way the films were going I would love to have seen Sean Connery continue with the role.
Despite Eon Productions ongoing 'Spin Control' to downplay the impact, the
failure of ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE was a crushing blow for
Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman. Despite Richard Maibaum's literate
script (the last to truly 'follow' a Fleming novel), first-time director
Peter Hunt's remarkable 'vision', and a performance by novice actor George
Lazenby that wasn't nearly as bad as some reviewers at the time would
OHMSS was spurned by many Bond fans, and had some critics proclaiming
Was Killed, but Bond Is Dead".
While American actor John Gavin had already signed on to make DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (George Lazenby's inflated ego had gotten the better of him, and he'd managed to get himself 'fired'), Broccoli decided that the franchise needed a major overhaul. Gavin was dropped, Peter Hunt was dropped, and Richard Maibaum's revenge-driven Bond script was rewritten by Tom Mankiewicz into a light-hearted, witty spoof of the earlier 007 films, ignoring his wife's death, and concentrating on gadgets, sex, and superhuman heroics. Veteran director Guy Hamilton, who had guided GOLDFINGER, everyone's favorite Bond movie, was brought back to direct the project...and Broccoli, bowing to pressure from the 007 audience, approached Sean Connery to take the role, one more time.
Connery, who had already made four films since his last Bond outing, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, hated Broccoli (feeling the producer had 'robbed' him of his share of the profits for the first two Bond films), and loved the leverage he now possessed. When asked about the size of his paycheck to resume the role, he joked, "I always wanted to own a golf course and a bank...I already own a golf course..." He also stipulated a hefty fee for each day the production ran over schedule (Lest he seem TOO greedy, much of his salary went to Scottish charities). As a final insult, the actor refused to get into shape for filming, appearing paunchier and grayer than ever (making Broccoli so irate that when he hired Roger Moore for the follow-up, LIVE AND LET DIE, he ordered him, immediately, to "lose weight and get a haircut!")
Broccoli's instincts proved correct, as the comedy-oriented DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER would become one of 1971's biggest hits. Connery tossed off one-liners with ease, Jill St. John 'channeled' Lucille Ball in her performance as klutzy 'Tiffany Case', and Charles Gray would be sexually ambiguous rather than threatening as Ernst Stavro Blofeld. (His two henchmen would be gay, as well, and so caricatured that the homosexual community would protest the film). Loaded with car chases, fistfights, explosions, and gadgets, Bond 'purists' were appalled by the end product, but a successful new 'formula' had been created, one that would serve Roger Moore very well during his long tenure as 007.
And Sean Connery could buy his bank...
Diamonds Are Forever is one of the best Bond movies and one of my
favourites. It marked Sean Connery's return to Bond for the first time
since You Only Live Twice.
James Bond is sent to Las Vegas to investigate a diamond smuggling operation which turns out to be the responsibility of old rival Blofeld. After several attempts to kill him by Mr Wint and Mr Kidd, he saves the world once again.
The best parts of the movie are the chase with the moon buggy in the Nevada Desert, the car chase through Las Vegas in which several police cars get destroyed and the climax on Blofeld's oil rig.
Joining Sean Connery in this movie are Jill St John (The Lost World) who plays love interest Tiffany Case, Charles Gray (The Devil Rides Out) as Blofeld, Bruce Cabot (King Kong), Laurence Naismith (The Valley of Gwangi), Lana Wood and Jimmy Dean. Bruce Glover and Putter Smith play great parts as male lovers Mr Wint and Mr Kidd. Bond regulars Bernard Lee, Desmond Llewelyn and Lois Maxwell also appear.
I have seen this movie several times and never tire of it.
Rating 5 stars out of 5.
Hey, ever wonder what it would be like to battle bad guys with space lasers
in Las Vegas, bed a chick called Plenty O'Toole ("named after your father,
perhaps?"), outwit gay henchmen, and be pretty much unbelievably offensive
to the opposite sex? Well, it would be a lot like being Sean Connery in this
It becomes pretty clear early on in this film that it was going to be quite different than the ones that proceeded it. Great opening sequence one-liners! "There's something I want you to get off your chest" - then he rips a girl's top off and starts strangling her with it! Nail her, Bond, you stud! "Welcome to Hell, Blofeld". Also good! There's some real quick wit happening in this film, which doesn't attempt top take itself seriously, which is good. Blofeld look's at Plenty's bikini-clad ass, and sighs "If only they were brains!" Brilliant! Bond gets into a hearse with some undertakers: Bond: "It's so sad, he was my only brother" (something to this affect) Other guy: "Hey, I got a brother". Bond (amused): "Small world".
Did I mention that the evil villain's henchmen are a gay couple who refer to each other as 'Mr.' this and 'Mr.' that? Danger, crazy antics up ahead! And the $5 special-effects bill for those nuclear explosions? Realistic! I liked how the recoil from a submachine gun knocked that floozy off the oil rig! And Bond makes out with himself for a brief moment! People, this is a must-see!
What more can I say about this film? For one,it is based on Ian Fleming's
classic novels featuring British Secret Service Agent James
Secondly,when this film was released in 1971,it would mark the final bow for actor Sean Connery as the suave secret agent-James Bond. And this was Connery's final performance as Bond is considered by some the best out of the series,which is second to other Bond classics but it holds its own brilliantly and the action is non-stop.......It has the plot of some stolen diamonds being used by a villain to take over the world and to used them as a laser beam set to control Earth,but it has.........
1. Bond in a Moon Buggy chase sequence in the middle of the desert.
2. Bond with a sex-kitten goddess-Jill St. John.
3. Bond up against his old arch nemesis-Ernest Blofeld of SPECTRE.
4. A chase scene through the streets of Las Vegas in a Mustang Mach V.
5. His encounters with two amazons-Bambi and Thumper.
6. Two Homosexual assassins set out to kill our beloved hero.
7. A funeral sequence where Bond is almost in constant peril where he is in a coffin about to be buried alive!
8. The scene by the oil rig out at sea where Bond must stop Blofeld in taking over the world where seconds rely on the fate of the world.
9. The addition of actor Jimmy Dean as a eccentric millionaire,yes that Jimmy Dean-the country singer and king of the country sausage empire.Oh yeah,lets not forget all of those incredible gadgets and electrifying stunts and feats of derring-do by James Bond.
10. The brilliant theme score by no other than the great John Barry and the theme song sung by the great Shirley Bassey.
However,Sean Connery would reprise the role of James Bond again...... 12 years later in "Never Say Never Again"-(1983). However,the next James Bond will mark the exit of Sean Connery and by entering a new actor in the role---Roger Moore for the next installment of the 007 series.
"Diamonds Are Forever" was really the best of the series with Sean Connery,but the best out of the Sean Connery era were....... "Doctor No"-(1962) "From Russia With Love"-(1963) "Goldfinger"-(1964) "You Only Live Twice"-(1967) THE WORST: "Thunderball"-(1965).
The plot of this film, which is resurrected in the latest Bond, Die Another Day, is not very engaging. Connery, though still good in the role, looks a bit paunchy (unlike the older Roger Moore who was then keeping himself in top condition). Jill St. John isn't in the top tier of Bond girls. The homosexual subtext between the henchmen is not amusing. Still if you like the character of Bond and 'the formula' (though it is showing its age), you will get a solid, though not spectacular, two hours of entertainment here.
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971) *** Bond in Las Vegas with
bodacious Jill St. John. Neat driving sequence down the Strip.
Glitzy locale is the real star in this rather by-the-numbers entry of the Connery era. Title song sung by Shirley Bassey.
In my opinion, Sean Connery is good as Bond here. And for all the people who hate this film, I have two quotes: 'U is for Umbrella. We take it lest it rains. We hope we shan't want it till we're home again.' 'I'm Plenty! Plenty O'Toole!' Yes, although not the best, this is funny! I liked Tiffany's hair changes (Weren't you a blonde when I came in? I tend to notice little things like that), and thought she was a good Bond Girl, but Plenty is prettier, has a cooler name, and is less forgettable. Oh yeah, and: 'Miss Case is quite attractive...for a lady!'
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