Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

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A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon.

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16 October 2005 | michelerealini
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| Not the best Bond movie of Sean Connery
In 1967 Sean Connery quits the role of James Bond. Panic! Producers replace him with Australian born George Lazenby, who makes "On Her Majesty Secret Service". This film does reasonably well at the box office, but not as well as the previous episodes... Furthermore, a big part of the audiences and many critics savage Lazenby's performance, rather pale compared to Connery's Bond portrait. "OHMSS" has been revalued since, but at the time of the release it's perceived like a disappointment.

In '71 producers hire American actor John Gavin for "Diamonds are forever" (DAF), but at the very last minute Sean Connery decides to come back to the role for one time only...

The film is a kind of remake of "Goldfinger" -there is Sean, of course; director Guy Hamilton; Shirley Bassey sings the theme; the story takes place in America; here too we have glamorous elements (diamonds instead of gold).

The movie is funny, Sean looks amused and quite relaxed in traveling between Amsterdam and Las Vegas to investigate about a diamond illegal traffic.

Nevertheless it's the "worst" of his Bonds... It's his less interesting outing as 007. When we think about him as Bond we think about the episodes of the Sixties, when the series was at its beginning. "Diamonds" has not the classical atmosphere of "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball" -the rhythm of DAF is not constant, there are also too many jokes, and a more American humor of the movie spoils the "Britishness" of 007. The first part of the film is boring, the second half has more action -although the final battle scene is not very well done.

Sean is Sean, but here he looks older than his age -curiously he looks fitter and more charming in "Never say never again", an "unofficial" Bond done 12 years later! By the way his presence in this film saves the show completely and a good entertainment is guaranteed.

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Trivia

Dame Shirley Bassey sings the opening sequence for the second time in the Bond franchise. Her previous singing opening sequence is Goldfinger (1964).


Quotes

James Bond: Where is he? I shan't ask you politely next time. Where is Blofeld?
Japanese man: Cai... Cai... Cairo!


Goofs

During the car chase through the streets of Las Vegas, many shots plainly show crowds of onlookers obviously watching the filming of the action; they do not behave like normal pedestrians (walking, etc.), and while some sidewalks are crammed with people standing still observing the action, the adjacent sidewalks (nearer the cameras) are completely devoid of any people.


Crazy Credits

THE END of DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER James Bond will return in LIVE AND LET DIE


Alternate Versions

The 'R' censorship classification system was finally introduced throughout Australia, by the Australian Federal Minister for Customs and Excise, Don Chipp. The R was one of four new categories of film classifications to come into effect: G (General Exhibition), NRC (Not Recommended for Children), M (Mature) and R (Restricted to audiences aged over 18). The so-called 'R day' being 15th November 1971 with Australian adults finally able to watch cinema movies with the classification "R for Restricted Exhibition". Of course all the legislative rules about not showing female nudity were applied when DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER was classified 'M' for Mature Audiences, on 1st December 1971 by the Australian Film Censorship Board, with its Australian cinema release date on 23rd December 1971. In the sequence before the opening titles, James Bond suddenly removes a brown bikini top from a sun bathing woman, showing her partly tanned chest and untanned left breast, and her left nipple is immediately seen. Of course James Bond needs to use her bikini to strangle her, to obtain the vital information of the precise location of Blofeld - - - The Australia Film Censorship Board ordered the elimination of "all shots of female nudity, being the woman's left breast, and her left nipple" i.e. Australia Film Censorship Board insisted that the brief female nudity is never seen by Australians. UNITED ARTISTS (A'ASIA) PTY LTD, when requested made the one distributor cut to all film prints of DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, reducing the official running time of 120:6 minutes by less than one second.


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Diamonds are Forever
Music by
John Barry
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by Shirley Bassey

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