Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

When Bond finally catches up with Blofeld, his next assignment is to get to the bottom of a diamond smuggling operation and find out why someone is stockpiling an alarming number of them.

Diamonds Are Forever is one of the all time classic Bond movies, and definitely one to make sure you see. While 007 and the action scenes take centre stage at the expense of many of the minor characters, there’s enough in there that it still has that Bond vibe. From the crazy gadgets that save the day to the oddball henchmen, to the chase scene that just gets a little too nutty (I’m looking at you, moon-buggy) it’s a great balance of all things Bond.

Looking at the story, it’s easy to see why Connery returned to help get the franchise back on track after Lazenby’s trip off the reservation. With a familiar Bond back in the drivers seat, it seems that the script writers breathed a sigh of relief, forgot about trying to reinvent Bond for a while and just decided to have some fun with it. And we should all be glad that they did.

Sean Connery.
Connery is back, and goes out with a bang – The best bond performance since Goldfinger, and shows once and for all that Connery is a class act that will forever be a yard stick for Bond.

Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Charles Gray).
The third inerpretation of Blofeld in as many films, Gray brings a darkness to the character that really gives him a welcome edge.
Mr Kidd (Putter Smith) and Mr Wint (Bruce Glover).
These two are very odd and it really works for their creepy, dangerous, gun-for-hire vibe. They really are great Bond villains.

Bond Girl:

Tiffany Case (Jill St. John).
Tiffany starts out in-control and ends up a bit of a damsel-in-distress. While she’s reasonably convincing as both, it seems like this should have been covered by two characters.

Bernard Lee.
Bernard Lee is good as always, but doesn’t get much room to shine.

Desmond Llewelyn.
Q shows his quirky side, albeit using questionable means to win at the pokies, but Llewelyn’s charm makes it almost seem ok.

Lois Maxwell.
After two movies worth of much needed character development, it’s sad to see Moneypenny relegated back to light relief duties… regardless of how well Lois Maxwell brings her to life.

Felix Leiter (Norman Burton).
Felix is back lending Langley’s hand to Bond while he’s in Vegas. Burton does a reasonable job bringing a friendly face to Bond’s American off-sider, but doesn’t particularly stand out either.

Q branch makes a welcome return here, from tape-reel voice changers to pocket sized grapelling rope guns, Bond is equipped for anything.

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1
It may not have any gadgets, but Bond manages to show off some great driving skills in this beast – even if he magically manages to go into an alley way on two wheels and come out on the other two.

A fitting final hurrah to see out the Connery era – the best Bond since Goldfinger. Diamonds are forever combines the experience of Connery, a great story and a lot of fun, with a bit of extra polish that comes from almost a decade of Bond film experience.


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