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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.

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (colour) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The title song has been extensively covered, or sampled. It has been covered by David McAlmont, and can be heard on David Arnold's Bond song compilation album, "Shaken and Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project". It was also covered by the Arctic Monkeys at the 2007 Glastonbury Festival. It has been sampled in the song "Sexy Lady" by Yung Berg, and "Diamonds from Sierra Leone" by Kanye West. The song has also been used on the song "Psychology" by Dead Prez. See more »

Goofs

Despite all the broken glass in the elevator, there is no blood on either Bond or Franks. Franks even breaks the glass with his face and later grabs a large glass shard as a weapon, yet neither his face or hand is cut. 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 »

Alternate Versions

Some TV versions omitted the homosexual references made by Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd, including the scene where they are holding hands, and Mr Kidd's line aboard the airplane 'I must say Ms. Case looks quite attractive.....for a lady'. See more »

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Referenced in Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016) See more »

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Slumber, Inc.
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Written by John Barry
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User Reviews

 
"Where is Ernst Stavro Blofeld?"
1 September 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

James Bond (Sean Connery) investigates a diamond smuggling ring, which leads him to Las Vegas. There he meets beautiful Tiffany Case (Jill St. John), fends off kooky hit men, and comes face-to-face with his arch-nemesis Blofeld (Charles Gray). Sean Connery's last 'official' Bond film doesn't get a lot of love from the serious crowd but I happen to like it. Among the criticisms are that it's "too Americanized," "too much like a comic book," and "too trashy." If you're the type who gets your panties in a twist over any of those things you will probably agree with the detractors on this one.

Personally, I thought it was a lot of fun. Sean Connery's perfect. My favorite Bond. Charles Gray is a nice Blofeld. Kidd & Wint (Putter Smith, Bruce Glover) are enjoyably quirky henchmen. Jill St. John's a great Bond girl. It's got good action, hot women, a memorable Shirley Bassey theme song, and lots of humor. Voluptuous Lana Wood's Plenty O'Toole is one of the sexiest Bond girls ever. This is the one with Bambi & Thumper as well as Jimmy Dean, the sausage king! There's a lot to like about it. If you're someone who enjoys the Bond movies for colorful escapist adventure more than for dark espionage stories, you should like this as much as I do.


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