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Diamonds Are Forever is no doubt Sean Connery's worst Bond outing. In
Dr. No, Connery was charting in untested waters. It made him tight and
wound up. In From Russia With Love, Connery had grown more comfortable
in his role and appeared more relaxed than in the movie than its
predecessor. With the solid performance of the two movies, Connery had
every right to be confident about the Bond franchise and the confidence
showed in Goldfinger and Thunderball. That confidence metamorphosed
into a slight arrogance in You Only Lie Twice when he announced his
intention to resign from the Bond movies.
In Diamonds Are Forever, the arrogance became over bloated and Connery's performance was the nonchalance of a sleepwalker who knew that no matter where he walked, he was not going to fall off the cliff. His nonchalance could be understandable. George Lazenby and announced that he will no longer revive the role of 007. The James Bond owners were desperate. They needed someone to reaffirm the Bond fans that Bond was still alive. So they licked their wounds, went back to Connery and paid him US$1.7million which made him the highest paid actor of the year and earned him a spot in Guiness Book of Records as the highest paid actor. Connery also managed to convince them to bankroll two or three movies of his choice.
With all this drama, it was no wonder that Connery's performance bordered on conceit. He hardly put in an effort. The energy that drove him in the previous movies was missing. And the plot itself was (shudder!) Diamonds are being smuggled out of the British Mines in South Africa (the apartheid policy is conveniently ignored) at an alarming rate. Bond is sent to discover who is responsible and poses as a diamond smuggler to infiltrate the organization. While doing that, he has to contend with such flamboyant characters like the homosexual hit duo called Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd, his beautiful handler-Tiffany Case, and a host of other unsavoury characters. Of course, it turns out that his old nemesis, Blofeld is behind the diamond smuggling intending to use the diamonds as a brilliant weapon that will hold nations to ransom.
Of course, most Bond plots are completely ridiculous, and DAF falls into that category. But it was not just ridiculous, it was like a parody or spoof of Bond films. And the actors were just behaving like incompetent clowns trying hard to make us laugh.
Charles Gray gives a witless performance as Blofeld. Jill St. John was the hapless female is distress who was working for the bad guys until she met Bond and started working for the good guys.
All the other regulars were present, Bernard Lee as M, Lois Maxwell as Moneypenny, and always the scene stealer Desmond Llewywn as Q.
The film still was a money maker, mainly based on fans excited to see Connery back in the role again. It was just a pity that Connery refused to deliver to his fans.
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This film was released after the George Lazenby's disaster "His
Majesty's Secret Service" which seemed to prove that you needed at
least a good actor to play Bond. Sean Connery got lots of extra money
to come back for one more round, but less physical strain than most of
the earlier efforts.
With the recent death of 82 year old Jimmy Dean (Willard Whyte), we must be reminded that Sean Connery is 80, Jill St John looks plenty cheeky in this one is 70, and Lana Wood is 64 as I write this. When you watch this movie, it doesn't seem possible. Still this is a good film to watch. This is a very rare movie role for Dean, as most of his work was recording (Big Bad John) & TV's The Jimmy Dean Show. Dean's character is kind of a ruse looking to be the bad guy.
This film features all the regulars from the series for Connery's last trip with them. Then there are things like a bit part for Leonard Barr, & the first apparently gay bad guys trying to do in Bond. Then besides the 2 hot main Bond women, we have Bambi & Thumper, a couple of exercises for Connery.
Blofeld (Charles Gray in this one) has taken over millionaire Willard Whytes empire by kidnapping him & then using a voice mocking tool to run his empire. He sets up some new parts of the Empire involved in stealing Diamonds which he places into a satellite to put into orbit. This is where he is using solar energy to heat up the glass to create a super weapon energy beam with a purpose of destroying parts of the earth.
This film has quite a bit of old Las Vegas in it, & there is a touch of nostalgia here as the good guys & bad guys seem well defined. The big clue to a lot of this has to do with cheap cologne. This film's added humor along with Connery is welcome relief after the previous film & actually paves the road well to lead into Roger Moore's more humorous Bond films to follow.
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Diamonds Are Forever is one of the Bond films that has lived on as one of the most famous, I hope just because of the theme music. It's just to silly, too...not suave, not clever and definitely not witty. Maybe it was because Sean Connery was on his last legs or because the producers just went over the top. The story is only loosely based on the novel and is confusing and very strange. The return of Blofeld is so unnecessary. The film contrasts horribly with the previous film's emotional ending. Yet somehow it still, just, hangs together. It can be enjoyable, providing you don't take it too seriously. For me though, it just isn't what Bond should be.
Let me say by starting, that this is not a Bond-film in my opinion. I
can only say, that although the characters return and Bond is angry at
Blofeld ,this is different from other movie's. And change... isn't
always that good.
The music first: I liked the theme very much. It has that epic Bondness in it, promising the viewers a spectacular movie. Nothing more to say about the theme.
The story: I disliked this story very much. I didn't care anymore about the whole scenario, and was sort off bored by the plot and its twists. I felt annoyed, every time those two gay dude's came along(with its annoying jazz tune). The relationship between Bond and Case is boring, the villain gets boring and never learns.(Just shoot Bond, so he won't be able to stop you, as usual.) Overall... nothing really positive.
The action: No action, in my point of view. Nothing cool.
Rest: The two guys didn't add anything to the film, except annoyance. The beginning was extremely weak, in my opinion. Bond learns some new swearwords. Clear nudity for few seconds.
Verdict: This movie, is the worst Bond movie. Period.
A 6/10 because they have Q in it, and the girl is pretty nice.
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Now why did I like this movie? Because it is big time fun, that's why! The movie is good, Charles Gray's Blofeld was superb, and the movie was all in all just great!
I like a lot of the characters in this movie, James Bond of course, Tiffany Case, and Blofeld, but the only characters I really did not like were Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd, they were stupid. They seemed more like characters from Get Smart rather than James Bond.
Charles Gray's Blofeld was the best of the Blofelds where you actually see him. Sure, he was still wearing a Mao suit, but this one was more stylish than the other two.
Overall, Great movie.
By the end of the 1960s the big 'secret agent' boom had subsided, so where did that leave James Bond? Coming after an increasingly-OTT series of movies, 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' took the character back to pre-Goldfinger basics, and made half as much money as Thunderball. Blatantly appealing to a US market Diamonds Are Forever 'Americanised' Bond, and the strategy worked. Unfortunately, the script quality dropped in the process, and we have this strange movie to deal with. DAF is so 'seventies' it's painful. Moon buggys, homosexual hit men, Blofeld in drag, etcetera. There's a funny 'Warhol movie' vibe to it, and not in a good way. The plot is convoluted, the movie rambling and some of the acting (Mr Connery, I'm looking at you) is variable. In an interview extra on the DVD Connery blatantly admits to doing it for the money, and it looks like it. He wanders absently through the plot, perhaps preoccupied with how best to utilise the fruits of the great deal he just got to be Bond again. In further bad news, here starts the irritating 'comedic' element which was a key ingredient of the Roger Moore movies. In short, the 1960s are over, man.
Film begins well, showing us Connery's return to the role (after
bailing out after You Only Live Twice in late 1966/ early '67) as Bond
tracks down and seemingly kills Blofeld. A perfectly done title
sequence goes quite well with a great title song, before we get down to
business: an initially literal adaptation of Fleming's novel, as Wint
and Kidd smuggle diamonds out of Africa, after brutally killing the
courier, and the deliverer. Bond, none too enthused about being
assigned to what he calls "a relatively simple smuggling matter," is
sent to intercept the next link, a professional smuggler called Peter
Franks, in Amsterdam. Bond, after rendezvousing with yet another
smuggler (gorgeous Jill St. John) ends up beating Franks' ass in
close-quarters-combat in a lift, in another highlight of this movie.
Unfortunately, after the exciting and well done first forty minutes, leading this Bond fan to think I'm about to watch potentially one of the best Bonds, the screenplay degenerates into a seemingly never-ending series of gags and pratfalls and silly vignettes. Jill St. John and Lana Wood are both gorgeous, but Jill loses interest halfway through the movie and becomes a bumbling nitwit, and Lana Wood has only a cameo, played strictly for laughs. Throw in a Bullitt-inspired car chase through the Las Vegas Strip, a faked moon landing, a Howard Hughes clone Willard Whyte, and some type of diamond powered space laser(?) and that makes up the majority of the second half.
Bond, after violently fending off the attacks of several armed guards in the pre-title sequence, and the aforementioned fight in the lift, basically has his ass handed to him by a pair of female gymnasts, in what will forever be remembered as one of the dumbest and most inane scenes in any Bond film.
Charles Grey is a wonderful actor, and I do wish they had used more of him in the Bond series, but he was a terrible Blofeld, too nice of a guy to be an international terrorist set on killing Bond, and they've turned Blofeld into a cross dressing terrorist with a cat fetish? Connery's weight was obviously up and down during filming; as he is briefed by M., it looks like he needed a crowbar to fir into his suit. Likewise, by the poolside, with the body floating in it. Those thick, bushy grey sideburns only made Connery look older. Indeed, he turned 40 years old during filming, but he looked closer to 60.
The ending is anticlimactic; the fight in the lift was more exciting.
Overall, the film is enjoyable for its first third, the in a surreal way for its final two thirds, but I wish they had followed the plot of Ian Fleming's original novel more closely. That would have made the film consistently good. Or at least, not as uneven as it is now.
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This comment contains possible spoiler. This if one of my favorite bond movies. First off it has the best bond, Connery. Second, Jill St. John is the sexiest bond girl in any of the films. The reason for this is that she is not only beautiful but, unlike many of the early bond girls she is smart, funny and an equal to James. This was not done again till much later in the series. The plot is not the greatest of the bond movies nor is the worst. The only other bond movie I liked better is Goldfinger. The movie centers around stolen diamonds and Las Vegas. If u are familiar with Las Vegas u will probably recognize the sequence in Circus Circus. This movie also has one of the best title songs. If u enjoyed this one, Moonraker is a similar movie. 7/10
Sean Connery's final Bond movie may not be his greatest, but it is
certainly very entertaining. Because Connery is an actor who's improved
as an actor the older he gets he still has a great deal of gravitas in
his final official Bond-outing, unlike his follower Roger Moore.
The film's plot is intriguing and fairly well written. The narrative moves at a nice pace. Action and dialogue are used in even intervals to make the movie flow naturally. The comedy is also not as cheesy as in most Bond films but it's really up to the viewer what sort of attitude they take to the film's comedic and gag moments. From a production side of things the film is quite excellent. Unfortunately the film has very much settled into a traditional James Bong-formula. The structure is rather predictable even if the variety of action keeps the film from becoming boring. Overall the film fails to achieve a serious tone and more or less caters to the needs of the early 70s Bond audiences which unfortunately means the plot loses any sort of serious weight.
However, despite its predictability, Diamonds are Forever is a fun and even a slightly self-parodying experience and definitely an entertaining movie.
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.
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