If the James Bond series ever had that one movie where they raised they're arms up and said "WE DON'T CARE ANYMORE!!" Diamonds are Forever would be some pretty proof positive stuff for that argument.
For the first time in the series (this one was the 7th) the creative team really didn't seem to be putting their best foot forward in terms of putting together a good cast or great ideas. Maybe they were just glad to get Connery back who amscrayed after You Only Lived Twice and left the creative time to find a new star in George Lazenby. When that didn't go quite so well they put 100% effort in getting Connery back.
Sean Connery who at least seems halfway interested in playing Bond again is really looking rough around the edges though. He's 40 lbs overweight at least and his receding hairline caught up to him. He can still play the part and looks more convincing in action scenes then Moore does.
Trying to cover up so much of the previous film, On Her Majesties Secret Service they left out a real important part of this movie, revenge. Only a scant piece of Bond's revenge for Blofeld is touched on and is otherwise ignored. For those out there who want to read how it goes down, read You Only Live Twice, which is definetely one of the better Ian Fleming Bond books.
The script at least holds up elements of the book material with the story of smuggled African diamonds into Las Vegas and Bond being sent undercover as a smuggler. Characters such as smuggler Tiffany Case, middleman Shady Tree and gunmen Wint and Kidd are all present and accounted for, some characters are tweaked but at least were book material. The book/movie connections however ends at one point and instead of Bond in a mock Desert town owned by the Spangled Mob, Bond runs a fowl of a reclusive billionaire stockpiling the diamonds for a world takeover scheme.
People who watch these movies in order will notice a big step up in comedy and action which does make the movie more fun and enjoyable over many of Connery's other movies and at it's worst, it's like a Roger Moore movie-campier and more lighter. Not neccesarily a bad thing if thats what your into. Bond girls are present and accounted for with Jill St. John as Tiffany Case, a diamond smuggler with a heart of brass and Lana Wood as the aptly named Plenty O' Toole.
I can sum things up really well. When this movie was being put together they were thinking of "Goldfinger 2" with a big action packed fun movie like the original Goldfinger and even going so far as having Gert Frobe return as Goldfingers twin out for revenge but it didn't pan out. In Goldfinger, Col Smithers makes a statement that Gold unlike Diamonds and the ways Gold can be smuggled makes it lucrative for the most creative criminals. Goldfinger and not Diamonds are Forever was definetly put together by more creative people, too bad many of them were the SAME people.
No matter how suave and debonair James Bond is he cannot single handedly save the free world from the scourge of Commies and criminals without some help from Q and his inventive hardware. After all we like these gadgets featured in Bond movies, and admit it, we all have at least one we wished we could get our hands on. I know I haven't listed them all, so if you don't see your favorite, let me know, I will add it. So let me know which one is your favorite. This rather … more
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