Diamonds Are Forever

"Weak"

Diamonds Are Forever Review


While it's fun to wax nostalgic over Sean Connery's final appearance as James Bond (drawn out of retirement from the series for a presumably fat paycheck), it's still unfortunate that the film he appeared in is more than a little bit embarassing. Jill St. John is one of the least effective Bond girls: She's beautiful, but shrill and helpless (her scream of "Eeeeee!" during a fistfight in the film's final scene is one of Bond's noteworthy lowlights). The story is borderline moronic: Blofeld (now played by Charles Gray in his third incarnation) steals a load of diamonds in order to arm a laser-shooting satellite, to achieve, of course, world domination. How's that all work? No idea, and when we actually see his creation in orbit, it's laughable.

On the other hand, Connery is fine, as are some of the film's villains (hippie bodyguards named Bambi and Thumper), and the inimitable Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint, who, while entertaining, certainly didn't do much for Hollywood's respectful treatment of homosexuals. The Las Vegas setting (for much of the film) is unfortunately and unintentionally cheesy, as well. It's fun at times but overall one of the most hopelessly dated 007 flicks ever.

Bond #7.



Diamonds Are Forever

Facts and Figures

Run time: 120 mins

In Theaters: Friday 17th December 1971

Box Office Worldwide: $116M

Budget: $7.2M

Distributed by: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Production compaines: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Eon Productions, Danjaq

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 66%
Fresh: 27 Rotten: 14

IMDB: 6.7 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Albert R. Broccoli,

Starring: as James Bond, as Tiffany Case, as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Lana Wood as Plenty O'Toole, as Willard Whyte, as Albert R. Saxby, Putter Smith as Mr. Kidd, as Mr. Wint, as Felix Leiter, Joseph Furst as Prof. Dr. Metz, as M, as Q, as Miss Moneypenny, as Slumber Inc. Attendant, as Sir Donald Munger, Leonard Barr as Shady Tree, Margaret Lacey as Mrs. Whistler, as Doctor, David Bauer as Mr. Slumber, as Slumber Inc. Attendant, Lola Larson as Bambi (uncredited), Trina Parks as Thumper (uncredited), as Shady Tree's Acorn (uncredited)


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