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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

What a fun Film!

Author: movie_lover_gurl from America
6 August 2000

It would take a stupid idiot to dare to say that Sean Connery is "wooden" as Bond and "much too old" at this point to be playing Bond. It should be obvious that this is not the case at all and he is for sure the best Bond ever! This movie is far from boring from the start. The story starts out with the British government suspecting a Diamond smuggling scheme. Of course they send James Bond out to investigate the case. He soon finds out that this is not any simple case when he finds out that Ernst Blofield, his arch nemesis, is behind it! Jill St John co stars as Tiffany Case the first American Bond girl. This movie is alot of fun and I hope that many other people enjoy it for years to come! 5 stars/ 5 stars

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

a bitt campy but not too catchy

Author: steve-667 from Amsterdam
24 February 2000

The return of Connery in a witty adventure more suitable for Moore. The beginning promises a great spell with the killing of Blofeld to revenge his wife´s dead. But after this it al goes downhill. Las Vegas isn't the place for Bond, okay it´s exciting but that doesn't make it a good setting for a Bondmovie. To say that Connery is looking too old is a joke because today he´s looking better than ever, so that's not the problem. Also the girls are looking fine in their top and the fighting scenes between Bond and the elastic black girls are entertaining. The final taking place at sea isn't so bad either. The music score is one of the best, especially the giant song by miss Bassey. I think its the high expectation of the return of Connery, which is not entirely fulfilled. 6 out of 10, because Bond can't be bad.

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The Return of Sean Connery

Author: halkyra from Alabama, USA
25 July 1999

After fan dislike of On Her Majesty's Secret Service which was releashed in 1969, MGM paid an enormous amount to get Connery back as bond. The rage at the beginning of the movie is a direct result of On Her Majesty's Secret Service's surprise ending. Bond after destroying Ernst Blofeld in the beginning must return to regular duty by investigating a diamond smuggling ring which brings him to Las Vegas to where another plot twist happens. Not the best Bond movie but the Elevator ride from the outside of the Vegas Hotel is a classic.

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The worst of a good bunch.

Author: Mike Allison from Leamington, England
22 April 1999

This is the only Bond film I've ever watched and felt bored. Mr Kidd and Mr Wint steal the film, the Bond girls are bland, uninspiring, and are quite frankly, involved too much. Like Thunderball, it survives through the strength of the franchise.

The title song however, is a different matter, being one of the best.

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A New Era For 007

Author: Eric-62 from Athens, OH
20 April 1999

Sean Connery's one-shot return aside, this film really marks the beginning of the emphasis on lighthearted escapist fun that would typify the Roger Moore era of 007. While it's unfortunate that the script does not refer to Blofeld's murder of Bond's wife Tracy at the end of the previous film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" it's probably understandable that the producers wanted to avoid all possible references to George Lazenby's tenure. If one is willing to accept "Diamonds" according to the new formula, it succeeds brilliantly. Jill St. John is absolutely sexy as Tiffany Case and one of the best Bond girls of the series (though I wish Raquel Welch had done the part)

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Not Bond or Connerys finest,but still a decent Bond film,

Author: Dillon Harris from Ireland
1 August 2012

Diamonds Are Forever is a good movie with good action,good storyline,humor and a good cast.Its definitely not the best James Bond movie or even Sean Connerys greatest Bond film,but its still a decent film.Sean Connery is still largely considered the greatest Bond ever,passing out his later Bonds such as Roger Moore,Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.I personally think that Pierce Brosnan is the greatest Bond,I always liked him and I actually know a woman who lives near me whos first cousins with Brosnan,I didn't believe it until see showed a picture of him and her when he was in his teens,and hes aged very well.However,I do understand why Sean Connery would be considered the best because he brought us some terrific Bonds,such as Dr No,but Diamonds Are Forever wouldn't be at the top of that list.

A investigation on diamond smuggling leads James Bond (Sean Connery) and his partner Tiffany Case (Jill St. John) to Las Vegas,where Bond discovers a plan by his nemesis,Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

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Licensed not to thrill

Author: tonynworah from Nigeria
28 February 2011

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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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Most Humor Of The Sean Connery Ones

Author: getyourdander from United States
15 June 2010

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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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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Silly and confusing- this isn't what Bond should be. Then again, it can be enjoyed

Author: tomb_92 from United Kingdom
17 April 2010

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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.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Bond... James Bond

Author: JMitnik from Netherlands
10 April 2010

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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