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  • Diamonds Are Forever
    • Diamonds Are Forever
    • Runtime:120 min
    • Release Date:2017-01-22 23:23:18
    • Director: Guy Hamilton
    • Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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MOVIE REVIEW:Diamonds Are Forever


*** This review may contain spoilers ***

'Diamonds are Forever' marked the return of Sean Connery as British
superspy James Bond for one film. The plot involves diamond smuggling
and takes Bond to Las Vegas. His love interest here is Tiffany Case
(Jill St. John), and there is terrific support from a pair of
homosexual (very risqué for the time – 1971) hit men named Mr. Kidd
(Putter Smith) and Mr. Wint (Bruce Glover), and also from Charles Gray
as the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

As usual, there are plenty of action set pieces on display: a
close-quarters fight betwixt Bond and an adversary in an elevator, a
splendidly shot car chase through the glittering streets of Vegas, and
a helicopter raid upon an oil rig at the film's denouement. This
helicopter raid recalls the one on Piz Gloria – where Blofeld has based
his headquarters – in 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'.

Sean Connery is in fine form. He is, and always will be, the best Bond
and, as a valediction, 'Diamonds are Forever' is pretty good. It is no
'From Russia With Love' but it certainly entertains. And there is a
wonderful theme song which marks the always welcome return of Shirley
Bassey's powerful and bewitching voice.


This was the first Bond film I ever saw, when I was about 10 or 11 and
I still remember it fondly, as much for the merchandising as anything -
yes I got my toy moon buggy and tri-bike, no doubt like millions of
other young kids of the time.

Looked at today, it palls somewhat, let down, ironically, by the
franchise's growing addiction to gimmicky hardware and SFX set-pieces,
which helps explain why this was effectively Connery's last hurrah in
the character. Indeed, it's about the only one of his first six Bond
parts you can visualise Roger "eyebrows" Moore in, as he gets little to
do other than make smart one-liners, bed the female talent and man the
afore-mentioned contraptions. He just about pulls it off, but you can
see him going through the motions at times.

The movie's outlook towards women too, like Bond's, is anachronistic,
I'm struggling to remember a scene where a woman is fully dressed, plus
some of Bond's chauvinistic quips "I'm plenty"…"But of course you
are" seem more at home in a "Carry On" film. The plotting also seems
too similar to say, "You Only Live Twice", plus I also think the Mr
Kidd & Mr Wint characters would have worked better without their
campish gay overtones.

On the plus side though, Jill St John gives her cardboard character
some presence, Charles Gray is an effective Blofeld (in triplicate), I
enjoyed Jimmy Dean's take on "Howard Hughes" a la Willard Whyte, the
Vegas locations are great, John Barry's music adds lustre (ouch!) and,
I've got to confess, some of the big scenes still entertain, from the
great fight in the confined space of a lift compartment, to the moon
buggy escape, naturally the car park chase in downtown Las Vegas with
THAT two-wheeled side-on stunt, the fight with Thumper and Bambi and
the reckoning with Kidd & Wint as a postscript.

I enjoyed the movie but fear that nostalgia was clouding my critical
faculties throughout, however as so many have done before, perhaps best
to surrender to Bond and go with the flow.

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