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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood, Jimmy Dean
  • Directors: Guy Hamilton
  • Writers: Ian Fleming, Richard Maibaum, Tom Mankiewicz
  • Producers: Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman, Stanley Sopel
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, German
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: April 1 2003
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630238060X
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,225 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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Format: DVD
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER marks Sean Connery's return to the role of Bond after the hiatus of ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE. It was also his last Bond film to date (except for the swan song NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN in 1983).
The opening precredits sequence involves Bond's hunt for Blofeld, who killed Bond's wife Tracy in OHMSS. The story then develops into a melange of diamond smuggling, Las Vegas casinos, an eccentric billionaire (pork sausage king Jimmy Dean playing Willard Whyte, a sort of cornpone version of Howard Hughes), cheesy funeral parlors, moon buggies and laser beams, cloning, and a girl named Tiffany Case.
In terms of story, this film is one of the weakest of the Bond films,jumping frenetically from one scene to another in an attempt to cram in everything it possibly can. The film editing is awful. There's just no other word for it.
The movie is redeemed by the characters and the nonstop action sequences, all of which are wildly entertaining. Connery is suave and irrepressible in a white tuxedo. Jill St. John, who plays the aforementioned Miss Case, is brassy and sassy, sexy and fun. The two of them seem to be sharing a private joke all the way through the film.
We are also introduced to Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd, a pair of openly gay assassins who kill with a creative streak and have a penchant for really bad puns. The appearance of Wint and Kidd and their relationship marks a kind of minor milestone in the Bond canon, showing that the series was moving unselfconsciously into the 1970s.
Minor but important roles are filled out by Bambi and Thumper, a pair of gymnasts specializing in assault, battery, and tumbling routines, and Plenty O'Toole ("Named after your father, no doubt") a casino girl reminiscent of a low-rent Sylvia Trench from the earliest Bond films.
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The 7th James Bond movie. DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER introduced a fascinating character in the series with Willard Whyte, a reclusive billionaire who runs an empire from a Las Vegas penthouse. Whyte is played to perfection by none other than the sausage king himself Jimmy Dean - a legendary tycoon himself during the late 50s and 60s for a series of hilarious commercial and comedy skits. Dean cleverly enthuses the role of Whyte with his own persona. As such, the whole extravagant gambling activities seen throughout the film give a unique appeal for Sean Connery's final apperance as James Bond. The film also showcases memorable action sequences with a more spunky heroine in Jill St. John.
THE ASSIGNMENT: M introduces Bond to the problems of diamond smuggling. Despite apparent air-tight security at South Africa's diamonds mines, a large quantity has recently gone missing. Even more alarming than the larceny is that none of the stolen jewels have found their way on to the world market. Bond is sent off to discover who is stockpiling the diamonds, and why. He begins by impersonating smuggler Peter Franks, and ends up in Las Vegas - and to his shock face to face with Ernst Stavro Blofeld! Blofeld has devised another way to hold the world at ransom - a giant laserbeam generator suspended in orbit around the Earth which uses diamonds to intensify its' energy to the point where it can cause rockets, missiles, and submarines to simply self-detonate. Blofeld is effectively conducting an international auction with nuclear supremacy going to the highest bidder. Who better than 007?
THE VILLAINS: Charles Gray as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Joseph Furst as Professor Metz, and Putter Smith and Bruce Glover as the whimsical homosexuals Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint.
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By A Customer on Feb. 24 2004
Format: DVD
The name's Bond, James Bond. That's the first line that comes to mind when I think of James Bond and nobody said it better than Sean Connery, star of Diamonds are Forever. After reading Ian Fleming's Diamonds are Forever, and then watching Guy Hamilton's interpretation of the literature, I only have one thing to say. Despite neither one being very good, the film is much more entertaining. Fleming had a relatively simple plot with dull action scenes. However, Hamilton merged thrilling action scenes with a plot that was a bit too complicated.
Out of all of the six actors who have played the most notorious secret agent, Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore, David Niven, Timothy Dalton, and George Lazenby, only one has the charm, the wit, and the accent that just can't be put in words. That'd be Sean Connery. In the book the narrator sounds dull and unexciting, even when it's an action scene. "Suddenly there was a great tongue of fire, followed by a few breathless seconds later by a terrible iron crash as if a battleship had run hard onto rocks. And then a muffled clanging that seemed to come from under their feet. And finally a deep distant boom from the bowels of the earth and a barrage of miscellaneous echoes."- Page 125 of Diamonds are Forever. It sounds too much like a list; it doesn't fit with the situation. In addition, there's no humor, it's too dry. But in the movie there are plenty of funny one liners. For example, when a female introduces herself as Plenty, then Bond responds with, "but of course you are." Then Bond and Ms. Plenty head up to Bond's room where some of Whyte's men interrupt their make out session. Bond says, "I think you have me with more than my hands up.
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