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James Bond - Diamonds Are Forever (Ultimate Edition 2 Disc Set) [DVD]

Sean Connery , Charles Gray , Guy Hamilton    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Charles Gray, Bruce Cabot, Lana Wood, Jimmy Dean
  • Directors: Guy Hamilton
  • Producers: Harry Saltzman, Albert R. Broccoli
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Greek, Dutch, Norwegian, Finnish, English, Danish, Swedish, Hindi
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sep 2006
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FIGGC8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,544 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

Product Description

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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmmm 22 Nov 2000
By A Customer
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average 007 Adventure Despite The Return Of Connery 29 April 2014
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Dvd Info.
Region 2.
Ratio 16.9/2.35:1.
Frame by Frame restoration Ultimate Edition.

Running Time 115 minutes approx.

Trivia.
1)Burt Reynolds & Batman actor Adam West were approached for the role of James Bond in the end the producers cast American actor John Gavin to play the new James Bond..
2)MGM were adamant all attempts be made to secure original Bond actor Sean Connery yet Connery had been vocal about his unhappiness & treatment playing 007 when MGM granted the actor a two picture deal of his choosing & $1.25 million dollar's the highest any actor had received at the time plus a additional $100,000 for everyday the film went over schedule, Connery agreed to the terms & Gavin was paid out of his contract.
3)Blofield is played by British actor Charles Gray who appeared as Henderson in You Only Live Twice.
4)Jill St John is married to Hart To Hart actor Robert Wagner who was formally married to Natalie Wood until her death in 1981.
5)Lana Wood is the younger sister of the late Natalie Wood.
6)Sean Connery purchased the Moonbuggy seen in this film in 2004 for $54,000 dollars so beware Golfers.
7)Raquel Welsh, Jane Fonda & Faye Dunaway were approached for the role of Tiffany Case.
8)The Car flipping over on to it's otherside during the alleyway was added due to technical error of the car exiting the alley the opposite way to how it originally entred.
9)Lois Maxwell wore a hat in scenes as Miss Moneypenny due to the actress having recently dyed her hair.
10)Originally Goldfingers twin brother was going to appear in this film seeking revenge on 007 for his brother's death to be played again by Gert Frobe but was omitted from the final script.
11)Second time Shirley Basey has sang in a Bond film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On Blu-ray at last! 4 July 2013
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, but still very good 21 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
"Diamonds are Forever" is a witty and highly enjoyable Bond film. There's lots of great locations and some really good one-liners too, not just from Bond but from Blofeld also. Speaking of Blofeld, many people have criticised Charles Gray's performance for being too nice and lacking any real menace. I dont think that he's bad at all, he's just a different style of Blofeld to the ones portrayed by Donald Pleasence and Telly Savalas. This is a fun film and generally, an all-round success.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Alex
Format:DVD
Diamonds are Forever is quite a change of style from the seriousness of the previous James Bond films. Guy Hamilton was called back with his team from Goldfinger (including the title song singer Shirley Bassey) for this 1971 outing. Although the original story had Goldfinger's brother out to get his revenge on 007, the plot sees Charles Gray as Blofeld stealing diamonds to build a super satellite lazer beam and hold the world to ransom.
The new digitally remastered DVD version of the film is first rate and John Barry's soundtrack pounds out. The making of documentary is one of the most thorough of the DVD collection and every actor/production team member seems to have been interviewed in depth. The commentary over the film also comes from many parties.
As well as the usual collecion on trailer, TV and radio spots, there are also 4 deleted scenes -
1. Sammy Davis Junior complaining about Bert Baxter not renewing his concert contract for enough money and commenting when seeing Bond that they would have to find one hell of a cake for him to burst out of!
2. James Bond has dinner with Plenty at a restaurant with a topless mermaid playing a harp whilst floating on a large pond.
3. Plenty returning to Bond's hotel room after being dropped from the window into a swimming pool and catching 007 with Tiffany Case (hence why she ends up drowned in Case's swimming pool when she had gone to look for her later in the film).
4. A version of Bond's car going on 2 wheels down through a tunnel and coming out the other side on the correct side (although there were crowds of spectators visible in the shot).
Also a long and interesting documentary on Cubby - He only went into films at the age of 40 - there's hope for us all!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Connery era ends with a whimper
After George Lesenbay left the James Bond franchise after just one movie, Sean Connery was persuaded back into the franchise in Diamonds Are Forever which would end up being his... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Gatekeeper197
5.0 out of 5 stars Bond! only Better
What can i say..... its Bond...... James Bond!

It's Sean Connery as James Bond

It's on Bluray!

& a BARGAIN on the 2 for 10!
Published 16 days ago by The Vordster
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not watch this film! public health warning!
Seriously I dont care if this is James Bond. This is terrible moviemaking. I turned it off 50 minutes before the end. Read more
Published 28 days ago by rossa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I already had this film, but i wanted it on DVD. It's a great film most enjoyable.
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Great movie. But how many more releases?!
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5.0 out of 5 stars d was a good film would recommend
diamonds are forever d.v.d was a good film would recommend it
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