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Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

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A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon.

Director:

Guy Hamilton

Writers:

Richard Maibaum (screenplay), Tom Mankiewicz (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Leonard Barr ... Shady Tree
Lois Maxwell ... Moneypenny
Margaret Lacey Margaret Lacey ... Mrs. Whistler
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Storyline

James Bond's mission is to find out who has been smuggling diamonds, which are not re-appearing. He adopts another identity in the form of Peter Franks. He joins up with Tiffany Case, and acts as if he is smuggling the diamonds, but everyone is hungry for these diamonds. He also has to avoid Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd, the dangerous couple who do not leave anyone in their way. Ernst Stavro Blofeld isn't out of the question. He may have changed his looks, but is he linked with the heist? And if he is, can Bond finally defeat his ultimate enemy. Written by simon

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

17 December 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ian Fleming's Diamonds Are Forever See more »

Filming Locations:

Netherlands See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$43,819,547

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$116,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Eon Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (colour) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A handful of villains and henchmen in the James Bond universe have had a "Mr." attached to their name. The Mr. Hinx henchman (Dave Bautista) and Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) characters both appear in Spectre (2015) but share no scenes together. "Spectre" also features a henchman called Mr. Guerra (Benito Sagredo), resulting in the movie having three characters that have a "Mr." in their names. Mr. White has appeared in three Daniel Craig James Bond films: Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008) and "Spectre"--the most Bond films for any henchman-type character after Jaws, who appeared in two Bond movies. In Dr. No (1962) there was a henchman called Mr. Jones (Reggie Carter); in Goldfinger (1964) there was a henchman called Mr. Ling (Burt Kwouk); in You Only Live Twice (1967) there was a villain called Mr. Osato (Teru Shimada); in The World Is Not Enough (1999) there were two: Mr. Bullion (Goldie) and Mr. Lachaise (Patrick Malahide); in Die Another Day (2002) there was a henchman called Mr. Kil (Lawrence Makoare); in Live and Let Die (1973), as with its source Ian Fleming novel of the same name, the arch-villain was called Mr. Big, but in the film version he was also known as Dr. Kananga, with the character's real full name in the source book being Buonaparte Ignace Gallia; in this film there were two henchmen, Mr. Wint (Bruce Glover) and Mr. Kidd (Putter Smith), who functioned as a buddy-team henchmen double-act; in Fleming's novel "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1962), the villain's employer was Mr. Sanguinetti, but this character does not appear in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) See more »

Goofs

When Bond and Tiffany are eluding pursuers by driving down a narrow alley, they manage to tip their Mustang so its balanced on its two right wheels, but when it emerges from the other end, it's on its two left wheels. 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: Cai... Cai... Cairo!
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Crazy Credits

THE END of DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER James Bond will return in LIVE AND LET DIE See more »


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British Grenadiers March
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Licensed from the Boosey & Hawes music library
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Not the best Bond movie of Sean Connery
16 October 2005 | by michelerealiniSee all my reviews

In 1967 Sean Connery quits the role of James Bond. Panic! Producers replace him with Australian born George Lazenby, who makes "On Her Majesty Secret Service". This film does reasonably well at the box office, but not as well as the previous episodes... Furthermore, a big part of the audiences and many critics savage Lazenby's performance, rather pale compared to Connery's Bond portrait. "OHMSS" has been revalued since, but at the time of the release it's perceived like a disappointment.

In '71 producers hire American actor John Gavin for "Diamonds are forever" (DAF), but at the very last minute Sean Connery decides to come back to the role for one time only...

The film is a kind of remake of "Goldfinger" -there is Sean, of course; director Guy Hamilton; Shirley Bassey sings the theme; the story takes place in America; here too we have glamorous elements (diamonds instead of gold).

The movie is funny, Sean looks amused and quite relaxed in traveling between Amsterdam and Las Vegas to investigate about a diamond illegal traffic.

Nevertheless it's the "worst" of his Bonds... It's his less interesting outing as 007. When we think about him as Bond we think about the episodes of the Sixties, when the series was at its beginning. "Diamonds" has not the classical atmosphere of "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball" -the rhythm of DAF is not constant, there are also too many jokes, and a more American humor of the movie spoils the "Britishness" of 007. The first part of the film is boring, the second half has more action -although the final battle scene is not very well done.

Sean is Sean, but here he looks older than his age -curiously he looks fitter and more charming in "Never say never again", an "unofficial" Bond done 12 years later! By the way his presence in this film saves the show completely and a good entertainment is guaranteed.


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