5.0 out of 5 stars Connery back in top form
This 1971 entry is the 7th in the series, and the film that returned Sean Connery to the role he made famous for the 6th and final time in the Eon films. He would play Bond one more time in 1983's indepedent production of "Never Say Never Again." The 40 year old Connery is both tough and smooth in this camp but very dangerous Bond adventure. The story loosely...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit More Cheek Than Usual, Miss Case?
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...
Published on Mar 25 2004 by J. H. Minde
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5.0 out of 5 stars Connery back in top form,
This review is from: Diamonds Are Forever / Les diamants sont éternels (Bilingual) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)This 1971 entry is the 7th in the series, and the film that returned Sean Connery to the role he made famous for the 6th and final time in the Eon films. He would play Bond one more time in 1983's indepedent production of "Never Say Never Again." The 40 year old Connery is both tough and smooth in this camp but very dangerous Bond adventure. The story loosely follows Ian Fleming's diamond smuggling narrative, from the original 1956 novel, from the diamond mines of South Africa to Las Vegas, the film's feature location. Charles Gray stars as Bond's long-time nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Bruce Glover and Putter Smith entertain as camp but deadly assassins, Wint and Kidd, while Jill St. John sizzles as sassy Vegas gangster-moll and lead Bond-girl Tiffany Case. Lana Wood is equally memorable as the bubbly Vegas casino hustler Plenty O'Toole.
This is one of the most entertaining, colourful and smart films in the Bond canon. The production features an all-star list of Bond veterans for Connery's return to the role he made famous, including Goldfinger alumni, director Guy Hamilton, and lead vocalist Shirley Bassey, who belts out another iconic Bond title-song. Also along for the thrills and danger are Bond stalwarts, composer John Barry and Production designer Ken Adams. Their estimable contributions cannot be understated. Barry's score brilliantly ratchets up the danger and suspense, while Adam's expansive and futuristic set design elevates the film's look accordingly.
Another very nice blu-ray transfer with the usual package of extras. The film is one of the most outrageous and colourful of the Bond movies. Enjoy!
4.0 out of 5 stars blue ray disc,
This review is from: Diamonds Are Forever / Les diamants sont éternels (Bilingual) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)next bluray disc after purchase of a player. Again, minimal to nonexistent content inside the case.
The least you (producer of the disc) could do is add in the year the film first came out.
played well otherwise.
added an extra star for sean connery and jill st. john
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Diamonds Are Forever,
This review is from: Diamonds Are Forever (DVD)Beautifully clear and crisp picture. Sean Connery was the best Bond until Daniel Craig came along. Well-worth the money. Buy it!
4.0 out of 5 stars He deserved the dough,
This review is from: Diamonds Are Forever (VHS Tape)One of my favorite Bond movies. Connery earn his unusual ( for the time ) fee for this role as he hunts for the killer of his wife only to find him behind a mission after he believed he finished the job.
Jill St. John is very hot and does a fine job and the supporting cast follows through well. The cut in the effects budget shows with the parking lot chase but I always felt that Connery as Bond was the attraction rather than the gimicks.
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit More Cheek Than Usual, Miss Case?,
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.
Blofeld is played by Charles Gray. Gray's Blofeld seems more like a disgruntled waiter than a criminal mastermind. His cat does give us an excellent performance.
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER never takes itself seriously. This is not the film noir of FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE. The series was taking its turn here toward the Roger Moore era of cartoon excess and "groaners", a downward spiral which continued until Timothy Dalton rescued Bond from utter obsolescence.
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER is Eon's version of an Andy Sidaris film. Sidaris' films are low-budget Bond take-offs, but in this instance, it would be hard to say who inspired whom. Like Baby Back Ribs, this film is sloppy but delicious.
The Special Edition DVD has much to recommend it, including deleted scenes (which to Eon Productions' credit, help make sense of the film) and interviews with some of the cast. There is also an excellent retrospective on the life of Cubby Broccoli. -
5.0 out of 5 stars Making Mud Pies, 007?,
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.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! BUY IT!
3.0 out of 5 stars diamonds are forever,
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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." Or when Bond first meets Tiffany Case and she leaves the room with a blond wig, and returns with a brunette wig. Bond asks, "Weren't you a blond when I came in?" She says that it's possible and Bond replies, "I tend to notice little things like that, whether a girl is a blond or a brunette." Then Case says that she'll finish dressing. Bond retorts, "Oh please don't, not on my account."
I hate it when an author composes an action book. When I read a book, I want to be able to have a clear picture of the scene in my head and so far with my experience of reading action books, I've never been able to get a clear picture of an explosion, or a shootout. It seems to me that when ever it comes to an explosion, the author always leaves me with a feeling of confusion and this book was no different. "After some time he pulled the knife out of his shirt with a sharp jerk. He didn't look at it, but reached up and drew the curtain aside and threw the knife far out into the blackness beyond. Then, still gazing out into the quiet night, he put up the safety of the Beretta and, with a hand that suddenly seemed sheathed in lead, thrust the gun back into place."- Page 151 of Diamonds are Forever. I need to know who "he" is, did the knife hit? That's Bond's Beretta, but did he kill the fat man? Did Bond pull out the knife? All those questions need to be answered if I am to get a clear picture of this scene in my head. But with a movie, there is always a clear picture in front of you, no questions. You can see that building go up in flames, hear the BOOM, and feel a sense of surprise and excitement.
Although it may seem like Diamonds are Forever is a great movie from what I've previously said, it's plagued with problems of its own. The movie has an excellent beginning with Bond finding Blofeld and killing him (or so we think). Then the story got absurd. It's almost funny how stupid it got after we learn of Blofeld's double and his laser shooting satellite. By the way, didn't Blofeld die in the beginning? It seems to me that Blofeld has 9 lives, just like his cat. The only good part in the middle was the car chase from the deserts of Nevada to the streets of Las Vegas. But even that made absolutely no sense when his car escaped by driving on its side through an alley. Then we get to the ending and Blofeld's entire plan is destroyed simply by Bond stealing a cassette tape.
Even though most people think that books are better than movies, I think they don't know what they're talking about. Despite the movie having a pretty bad plot, the charisma of Sean Connery makes it worth your time. The book doesn't have Sean Connery to save it. Plus the action bites. I don't think that I've fully expressed how awful I think the book was. It gave a new meaning to the term, cruel and unusual punishment.
3.0 out of 5 stars 1st Class Production marred by Flabby Script,
Thankfully, Connery does give a good--even funny--return performance. Kudos also to a typically 1st class production and Shirley Bassey title song. Dragging things back down are a comic book script and an extremely irritating Jill St. John.
3.0 out of 5 stars It's more comedy then adventure.,
Take it for what it's worth.
3.0 out of 5 stars Diamonds aren't gold,
"Diamonds Are Forever" isn't quite a laugh-fest, but it fails to achieve what its producers intended, namely to return the series to the glory days of "Goldfinger." This film was intentionally crafted to resemble the 1964 classic that turned Bond into a phenomenon. It returns 007 to American soil, in this case, Las Vegas, as well as brings Shirley Bassey back to sing the excellent title song, and has Guy Hamilton taking a second shot as director, a position he would retain for two more films.
The film's biggest problem is the way it completely ignores the climax of "OHMSS" even as Bond once more clashes with Ernst Stavro Blofeld, whose actions brought Lazenby's Bond to tears (dry ones, no emotional outbursts from 007) and who is now portrayed by Charles Gray, who becomes the third actor to show his face as Bond's version of Professor Moriarty. Everything about the film is routine, including Jill St. John who looks lovely but is as overly familiar as everything else in the movie.
At first glance, Connery's appearance is jarring: heavier than when we saw him last in "You Only Live Twice," but with a more hirsute hairpiece. Before long, however, you forget about his battle with the aging process and settle back to enjoy his performance.
You can settle back and enjoy the film, too, especially John Barry's score and that silly car chase, but "Diamonds Are Forever" is one of the series' least memorable installments.
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