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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood, Jimmy Dean
  • Directors: Guy Hamilton
  • Writers: Ian Fleming, Richard Maibaum, Tom Mankiewicz
  • Producers: Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman, Stanley Sopel
  • Language: English, German
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: MGM
  • VHS Release Date: 13 Sept. 1999
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZH0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,139 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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With Sean Connery returning to the role after sitting out one instalment, James Bond is ready for his latest mission. And what does M want of him this time? To infiltrate a worldwide diamond smuggling operation. The action - which moves between Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and the desert - sees Bond encounter Plenty O'Toole (Lana Wood), steal a moon buggy, get beaten up by a couple of female karate experts known as Bambi and Thumper, before finally bringing him face-to-face with a Howard Hughes-type recluse who is intent on nuclear blackmail and world domination.

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After the poor reception given to George Lazenby in Her Majesty's Secret Service, Sean Connery was no doubt lured back to the series with a gadget-stuffed briefcase full of cash (most of which he allegedly gave to charity) for this wry, snappily made seventh instalment in the series. Some of its secret weapons include a smart script, a Las Vegas setting providing plenty of neon reflections on windscreens for a memorable car chase through the Strip, and the comely Jill St. John as Tiffany Case, a diamond cut-above most of the preceding Bond girls. (Apart from Diana Rigg in Her Majesty's Secret Service, that is). Blofeld and his fluffy white cat are on hand to menace 007--it's the Nehru jackets and steely surface-look of this one in particular that the Austin Powers spoofs are sending up. Blofeld's initial cover as a reclusive Howard Hughes-like millionaire points to how the series was catching up with more contemporary figures and issues. Other highlights include two truly ferocious, karate-kicking female assassins and a sizzling moon-buggy chase across the dunes. --Leslie Felperin

On the DVD: The mind boggling possibility of casting Adam West (TV's Batman) as Bond was seriously mooted because the suits at United Artists wanted to Americanise the franchise, th e documentary reveals. Sean Connery was eventually persuaded to return but demanded a record fee to reprise his role, and then donated all the cash to his charitable foundation, the Scottish International Education Trust. The rags to riches story of larger-than-life producer Albert R Broccoli is told in the second documentary. The commentary is another in the series of edited selections from interviews with cast and crew, which are exhaustive in the wealth of detail offered but a little exhausting to sit through. Sundry trailers, radio and TV spots plus a few deleted scenes complete the comprehensive selection. --Mark Walker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 24 Aug. 2010
Format: DVD
This is the Seventh outing for superspy James Bond, and marks a return to the series for Sean Connery, for the last time.

After George Lazenby's departure (he feared he would be typecast) the producers managed to tempt Connery back into the fold one more time with a $10M paycheck (which Connery gave to charity) and the opportunity to make a film of his own choosing (the powerful `Offence').

This time out Bond is investigating the smuggling of diamonds, and finds that Blofeld is yet again manufacturing some weapon with which to hold the world to ransom.

The film is big and lavish, and marks what I consider to be the start of a downwards slope for Bond. The emphasis is less on plot, and more on big stunts and humour. The stunts are big exciting and the humour (especially Mr Kidd and Mr Wint are generally well done, but the tone is very different to the glory days of `From Russia With Love', or even the preceding `On Her Majesty's Secret Service'. There is less atmosphere, and less of a feeling that Bond and the world are really in any kind of danger. Personally it is not wholly to my taste.

The guest stars shine - Charles Gray is an effective Blofeld. Slightly camper than his predecessors in the role, but he still manages to exude an aura of evil genius. Jimmy Dean (a country singer who originally sang Big Bad John) makes a decent good ole country boy Texan millionaire and Jill St John makes a decent Bond girl, a bit less of a damsel in distress than most which makes a pleasant change. Three stars for the film itself.

This ultimate edition really is the best version of the film I have owned. The picture has been lovingly restored and cleaned up, and looks amazing. Really, I am not just saying that. It looks superb.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 May 2012
Format: DVD
Diamonds Are Forever is directed by Guy Hamilton and adapted to screenplay by Richard Maibaum and Tom Mankiewicz from the novel of the same name written by Ian Fleming. It stars Sean Connery, Jill St John, Charles Gray, Bruce Glover, Putter Smith, Joseph Furst, Norman Burton and Jimmy Dean. Music is scored by John Barry and cinematography by Ted Moore.

Bond 7 and 007 is assigned to find out who is stock piling all the black market diamonds. This leads him to a sinister weapon being manufactured in space that can destroy major cities, the architect of such vileness? SPECTRE chief Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the man who murdered Bond's wife and someone Bond thought he had already located and killed.

With George Lazenby withdrawing from the franchise after just the one film, off to massage his ego and take further bad advice from those around him, Albert R. Broccoli & Harry Saltzman set about making Bond sustainable box office in the 1970s. American actor John Gavin (Psycho/Spartacus) had signed on to fill the tuxedo, but armed with wads of cash the producers managed to entice Connery back to the role he had previously fell out of love with. Helped, too, that Connery's post Bond movies, his last outing had been You Only Live Twice in 1967, had hardly set the box office alight. It seemed a long shot, but Connery stunned the movie world by agreeing to once again play the role that many would come to know him for.

Back came Connery, back came director Guy Hamilton and back came Shirley Bassey to sing the title song (a true Bond classic it proved to be as well), these were reassuring signs, as was having Blofeld remain on villain duties.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Nov. 2000
Format: DVD
This is a very entertaining film on its own, and maybe it's just me, but it's Bond's casual meeting with the man who murdered the only woman he ever loved that annoys me. And it's not the first film to utilise American locations, as your synopsis says; unless Kentucky has changed continents since Goldfinger...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Jeepster on 4 July 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I'm not going to review the film but to say I'm glad it is now on Blu-ray, the effects are limited to the age of the film and Blu-ray doesn't really help that but the picture quality is very good and the sound is improved. Jill St John in high definition! Worth buying for her alone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sofia L on 18 Oct. 2013
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Listed as one disc, this particular cover art delivered the Ultimate 2-disc Edition. Can I just say, having now viewed several newly remastered Bonds, these versions are so pristine, so pictorially perfect, viewing can easily overcome any associated negative criticism. It is very much like being there during filming. And really, DAF is an awful lot of fun, plus a ton of Extras.
Note: I just finished watching GoldenEye. First sight of Brosnan as Bond. Nothing more than an imitation of Connery that didn't work for me. Connery-Dalton-Lazenby. Craig is up there with Connery but an altogether different man. Whomever, enjoy these new sets!
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By FJY on 1 April 2015
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This was originally released in 1971 and was Sean Connery's last official Bond film, after he was tempted back with a very substantial salary. However, if you ask anyone what their favourite Bond film is, I am pretty sure this film would never get a mention. I have never regarded this as one of the better Bond films, in fact, my opinion of it is quite the opposite. The film has a very boring plot, revolving around diamond smuggling and seemed a bit inappropriate for a British agent like Bond to be investigating. Connery also looks thoroughly bored throughout the film and it is easy to detect that his heart wasn't in it and he was doing it purely for the money. The two hitmen in the film, Wint and Kidd, are also too camp to be scary and are about as much of a physical threat to Bond as Hinge and Brackett. I also thought that the casting of Charles Gray as Blofeld was wrong, because he was much too mannered and charming to be the head of SPECTRE and he was no more menacing than Wint or Kidd. The Bond girls in this film are also nothing special. I know that a lot of people rave about Jill St. John as Tiffany Case, but she is nothing special to look at, in my opinion. The film was also another of the sillier Bond films, with some pretty cringe-inducing scenes, but then I think that the director, Guy Hamilton, seemed to specialise in the "silly" kind of Bond films, as his other Bond output proves. I am giving this film two stars, just for the presence of Connery and also for the title song by Shirley Bassey, which is also good. I cannot recommend this film to anyone, even staunch Bond fans would probably hate this. I suggest you check out any of the 60s Bond films, or any of the others that followed this and give this a wide berth, unless you desperately need it for your Bond collection. I can think of no other reason why you should buy this. For completists only.
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