Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Directed by Guy Hamilton
Starring Sean Connery, Jill St.John, Putter Smith. John Glover, Charles Gray, Lana Wood
007 investigates what at first seems like a simple diamond smuggling operation, but turns out to be something entirely more sinister when he discovers his old nemesis Blofeld is stockpiling the precious gems to be used in a deadly laser satellite. Aided by the beautiful Tiffany Case yet hounded by deadly assassins Mr. Wint & Mr. Kidd, Bond must act fast to stop Blofeld’s fiendish scheme.
Sean Connery slips rather uneasily into the tuxedo again to portray the suave superspy for the penultimate time. He would later reappear as 007 in the unofficial Bond film Never Say Never Again although that film isn’t counted in this retrospective (sorry!). in Diamonds Are Forever, another former Bond alumni returns; Charles Gray makes his second appearance in the Bond series, this time as SPECTRE mastermind Blofeld who this time has a nefarious scheme to clone himself (a plot device which is never fully explained) and gain control of a massive satellite. The director behind Goldfinger returns for what would be his second helping of 007 action, as Guy Hamilton would go on to direct then-incoming Bond actor Roger Moore in a further two films - Live and Let Die and The Man With The Golden Gun. Connery’s performance is pretty much run of the mill here, with a few typically cheesy one-liners but with some great stunts aswell. Hamilton’s assured direction and breathtaking stunt sequences ensure that this somewhat shaky film is also great fun and memorable in parts - only Bond can pull off a stunt whereby he drives a Mustang down an alleyway on two wheels! The Las Vegas setting also ensures this 007th (couldn’t resist) entry sparkles - but all that glitters isn’t gold however for many fans, this remains something of a guilty pleasure.
Film: *** blu ray: ***