Diamonds Are Forever 1971

Diamonds Are Forever

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Diamonds are Forever is a largely derivative affair, but it's still pretty entertaining nonetheless, thanks to great stunts, witty dialogue, and the presence of Sean Connery.

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While investigating mysterious activities in the world diamond market, 007 (Sean Connery) discovers that his evil nemesis Blofeld (Charles Gray) is stockpiling the gems to use in his deadly laser satellite. With the help of beautiful smuggler Tiffany Case (Jill St. John), Bond sets out to stop the madman -- as the fate of the world hangs in the balance!

Cast & Crew

Sean Connery
James Bond ("Peter Franks")
Jill St. John
Tiffany Case
Charles Gray
Ernst Stavro Blofeld, SPECTRE Operative #1
Lana Wood
Plenty O'Toole
Jimmy Dean
Willard Whyte
Lois Maxwell
Moneypenny
Ian Fleming
Writer (Novel)
Stanley Sopel
Associate Producer
John Barry
Original Music
Ted Moore
Cinematographer
Bert Bates
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Critic Reviews for Diamonds Are Forever

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Audience Reviews for Diamonds Are Forever

  • Oct 17, 2015
    A rough among the Diamonds, Sean Connery's occasionally entertaining return to the role that made him famous single handedly pilots the 007 series into the over-the-top, almost comedic, spoof-worthy skies that would dominate the '70s. Essentially, Diamonds Are Forever plays out as a swanky harbinger of the campy Roger Moore escapades that would follow. Moore gets shouldered with this association, but - make no mistake about it - Connery kick-started it but good with this, a largely forgettable romp where the series starts to show its age. Nothing about James Bond should come as a standard issue experience, but this go-round simply starts to become imitative of the glory days. And speaking of 'age,' the leading man starts to show it--if not completely in looks, than interest. Women get flung at him with no wooing necessary and the heavies look about as formidable as Maxwell Smart. Truly, between the spa mud bath murder, moon buggy chase, horrible acting by one of the worst Bond girls ever, and the singer of "Big Bad John" adding support, this chapter amounts to being more of a comedy than Peter Sellers' Casino Royale did four years earlier. Some decent stunts and witty repartee help to gloss over what's become Double-0 formula, but most of Diamonds - from the unthreatening skeevy henchmen to a Howard Hughes-esqe plotline - ends up to be a veritable fugazi. In this classic spy caper, a diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond (Connery) to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an extortion plot headed by his nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. A then-historic paycheck brings Connery him back into the fray and his charisma carries some of the stale goings-on. He surely morphed into an on screen older sex symbol in his '60s (The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Entrapment), but consider his awkward years. He looks remarkably less viral and vested than four years earlier in You Only Live Twice. Plus, when paired with Jill St. John, he's got too much heavy lifting. She delivers lines as sing-songy and unconvincing as a grade school play. Country-Western star Jimmy Dean lightens things up as a thinly veiled take on reclusive billionaire Hughes but the tone already proves lighter than a Go Go Bird feather. Bottom line: Diamonds and Rust
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 12, 2015
    It's funny, I read reviews of Goldfinger that said that film changed the tone and course of Bond films for a long time, and I think that writer was right. Since Goldfinger, it has been average Bond movie after average Bond movie. The tongue and cheek tone that Goldfinger sort of inspired had already grown tiresome and over the top by Diamonds Are Forever. Connery is back, which is obviously a step up from Lazenby, but Blofeld once again changed actors. Apparently this reflects the chameleon like nature of Blofeld in the books, but it fails to create a sense of rhythm and consistency to the franchise. With that being said, he was one of the better Blofelds we have had and made for a decent foe. The problem is that the tone of the rest of the film is so goofy and dissimilar to what Bond and Blofeld are in. The action sequences are improved since the unorthidox editing of On Her Majesty's Secret Service without the strange settings of Thunderball and You Only Live Twice. Even the sidekick villains in the film are borderline un-watchable. By today's standards, these assumed gay characters would be seen as portrayed very offensively, but I guess that was just the time the film was released. So other than the fact that this film has the dumbest cops in film history, weird duo characters, and it's tonally inconsistent, it is a decently entertaining film. We finally get a good back and forth between Blofeld and Bond, and Connery is back (at least for one film). Diamonds Are Forever is yet another average installment in the franchise. +Connery is back +Blofeld in his full form +Better action -Tonally off -Un-watchable side duos -Offensive at times 5.8/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2015
    Sean Connerys last official Bond movie and i'm affraid he goes out with a wimper, I think the studio knew it wasn't a good script so they tried their best to bring back Connery hoping it was enough to make the film better but even Connery seems uninterested in playing Bond anymore and does nothing new to the film, The plot is very strange and when we eventually find out what it's all about it wasn't worth the wait and kind of stupid, And the film is overlong there's little to no action and when there is it's nothing new, Apart from one good car chase the main thing that this film will be remembered by is the soundtrack.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2015
    An older Sean Connery is clearly jaded with the role, resulting in a boring and misdirected outing in the Bond franchise, with sequences that help the franchise inch ever closer to complete camp.
    Kase V Super Reviewer

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