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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On Blu-ray at last!
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Such a pity. All that time and energy wasted, simply to provide you with one mock, heroic moment.
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.

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Published on 17 May 2012 by Spike Owen


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3.0 out of 5 stars Such a pity. All that time and energy wasted, simply to provide you with one mock, heroic moment., 17 May 2012
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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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. However, stung by the criticism of Lazenby's humanesque On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and the drop in box office profits compared to Connery's latter Bond films, the makers decided to play this Bond as fantastique, something that would define Bond until Timothy Dalton tried something different at the end of the 1980s. Roger Moore would replace Connery as Bond two years later and it's widely thought that his arrival as 007 ushered in the "ridiculous" era of overt humour, preposterous sight gags and cartoonish escapades, not so, it began with Connery's Diamonds Are Forever. The moment Bond drives a Ford Mustang on two wheels, all bets were off in the franchise.

Artistically "Diamonds" is a disappointing movie, fun for sure, but the screenplay refuses to let the film take itself seriously. It's often camp and the picture lacks dramatic thrust and spectacular action, with the finale a rather tepid affair. Connery's presence gives the film some warmth, but his charisma and vocal delivery can't detract from the fact he looks to be doing it purely for the money. His weight, like his hair colour, fluctuates, and much of the vibrancy of his 60s Bond portrayals had disappeared. Charles Gray turns in the worst Blofeld of them all, saddled with a screenplay that has him cloning and cross dressing, Gray has Blofeld as charming and wry, gone is the menace and machismo so wonderfully portrayed by Pleasence and Savalas respectively in the previous two Bond movies. Felix Leiter in Norman Burton's hands has been reduced to being a bit of a doofus, the baddies are either too fey or over the top, while Jill St John's main Bond girl, Tiffany Case, descends from being a steely femme at the beginning, to a voluptuous caricature.

On the plus side. Barry's score and Ken Adam's sets are still franchise joys, the byplay between Bond and M (Bernard Lee again) reminds us of once great characterisations, while Desmond Llewelyn's Q is nicely sent out in the field for a change. Action wise there's some fine moments. The pre-credits sequence as Bond chases down Blofeld starts things off excitingly, a fight in a lift is up with the best of the Bond movie dust-ups and the dirt bike and Mustang chase sequences are well put together by Hamilton. Good gadgets, too, if you like that side of Bond? There was enough good parts here, and the return of Connery, to ensure Diamonds Are Forever was a monster success at the box office, where it grossed over $115 million worldwide. It proved that Bond had longevity, but with a new actor to come to the Bond role in two years time and the big shift to comedy action over tough guy missions, would Bond turn off the movie loving public? 6/10
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmmm, 22 Nov 2000
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Average 007 Adventure Despite The Return Of Connery, 29 April 2014
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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.
12)Guy Hamilton's second Bond film as director.
13)Sean Connery gave his entire fee for this movie to the Scottish Trust Foundation.
14)Sammy Davis Jr originally had a cameo in this film but his scenes were cut but can be seen on the 2 disc set in the deleted scenes.

Synopsis.
Seeking revenge for the death of his wife Tracy, Bond infiltrates Blofields lair finds Blofield has once again changed his facial appearance & fights his nemesis to the death killing him.

Bond then returns to London to be assigned a new mission by M as a large amount of Diamonds have been stolen out of the Diamond mines of South Africa & two gay assassin's Mr Wint & Mr Kidd have been sent by a mysterious assailant to kill the members of the Diamond smuggling ring one by one.

James Bond goes undercover posing as Peter Franks a Diamond smuggler who kills the real Franks in a vicious fight in a elevator, Bond is aided by smuggler Tiffany Case who doesn't realise Franks is really 007.

Bond tracks down the head of the smuggling operation & to his astonishment finds his arch nemesis to be very much alive yet sees not one but two Ernst Stavro Blofields posing as Willard Whyte whom Blofield has kidnapped.

Bond must use all his cunning in defeating Blofields sinister plot & his vile assassins Mr Wint & Mr Kidd but must first attempt to rescue Willard Whyte & deal with deadly female karate bodyguards Bambi & Thumper.

Timelord Thoughts.
This film for me is a mixed bag as it has moments of Bond brilliance yet at other times feels lacklustre somehow.

Thankfully Sean Connery returning as James Bond does smooth over some of the flaws in this movie but not quite all of them.

The Positives.
The pre title sequence were 007 avenges his wife's murder by tracking down Blofield & killing him.

The excellent choreographed fight sequence in a elevator that's brutal & hard hitting.

Bond killing the second Blofield with a clip straight to his head.

The dispatching of Wint & Kidd at the movie's climax.

The Negatives.
I found were the Moonbuggy chase doesn't really do anything special & the car chase featuring the Red Mustang is a little lacklustre.

The fight scene with Bambi & Thumper should've been more hard hitting showing 007 killing the duo not simply dunking there head underwater in a pool, Craig's Bond would have.

The climax on Blofields Oil Rigg is very lacklustre lacking tension, Bond doesn't do hardly anything no fighting or shooting villians just smashes Blofields Battlesub into the building to destroy the Diamond satellite in space via a Crane which is very anticlimactic fate for Blofield & as he murdered Bond's wife the character deserved a more unpleasant death as this was the last film to use Blofield barring his appearance in For Your Eyes Only pre title sequence.

Connerys fine performance elevates the film somewhat but the tongue n cheek humour gets annoying & Blofields become less sinister or threatening as the late Charles Grey take is to play him quite a jolly Brit & even puts his Blofield in drag, The writer's have diminished the sinister essence from this character compared to the late Donald Pleasences wonderful chilling take on the Blofield character.

Jill St John is very sexy & seductive as hell but isn't given a lot to do by the script but at least Desmond Llewellyn as Q gets a bit more screen time in this film.

Thankfully gay assassin's Mr Wint & Mr Kidd are superb as they take great enjoyment from killing people & relish at there several attempts in trying to kill 007, This was a very risky move for it's time to portray a set of gay assassins yet both Bruce Glover & Putter Smith are excellent in these two roles who's performances add some great dark humour to the movie.

This film did well at the box office raking in $43,800,000 from a $7,200,000 budget insuring James Bond will return yet with another actor to take up the mantle but would this new actor to be cast as James Bond be a saint or sinner to the continuing franchise?

Timelord Rating.
7/10
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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
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"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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bond ingredients all present and correct - but not risen to the occasion, 11 Sep 2007
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This review is from: James Bond - Diamonds Are Forever (Ultimate Edition 2 Disc Set) [DVD] (DVD)
After Lazenby's departure from the role following the successful but not overwhelming On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Connery is back as Bond to give the series a boost of levity.
This is a change of pace for the Bond franchise. A very obvious effort is made to pander to the American market, the bulk of the action taking place in America, specifically Las Vegas. Having said that, you can almost see the producer's cogs turning as they figure out how to make the next Bond movie successful. `Wait, wasn't Goldfinger really successful? Let's get the director from that one back!' and ` Oh yeah, that singer Bassey, she worked too...'. And then add some quirky casting - the first American actress to be a Bond girl, Jill St John (That's a nice little nothing you're almost wearing..') and ex Playboy centrefold Lana Turner, as Plenty O'Toole (`named after your father perhaps?').
Humour has been successfully if forcefully reinserted, thanks to Tom Mankiewisc script - but that's not to say action has been overlooked. It has the signature car chase, one of the better of the series, in a growling Mustang made more alive in the dts sound mix than ever before, amongst the casinos of Vegas ( watch out for how many times they drive past the same landmarks...). In fact, you have to give them credit, all the ingredients are here to while away a couple of hours nicely, thanks in no small part to the immense screen presence of Connery - he was worth the money.
However, it's all too clear that elsewhere all is not well. Charles Grey is about as bland an actor as could play the role of Blofeld, bringing nothing to the role except a plummy accent. In fact, none of the villains appear to be of any danger to Bond except for the brief appearance of the smuggler Peter Franks, played by the man who taught Connery Judo. Their fight in the elevator is closest in tone to any of the best moments of previous movies. Jill St John does very well, when her character is in charge - sexy and confident - until the shooting starts and all she is required to do is gasp and go `ooohh' and `ahhh' and be the butt of various sexist jokes (`what wonderful cheeks they are.. if only they were brains..' says Blofeld). And the climax is a let down. The final confrontation on the oil rig is embarrassingly small scale and the enemies ludicrously easily overpowered. It's a shame, since it starts out with helicopters swooping in to attack an oil rig, and it appears that part of the highlight of OHMSS is about to be recreated, the attack on the fortress at the end. Alas, a few obviously placed charges and swooping helicopters later, and all is over. The accompanying extras suggest this was due to budget cuts to finance Connery's pay packet - what a shame. At least the coda at the end to finish off Mr Kidd and Mr Wint, is pulled off to leave a better taste at the end of the movie.
The extras as always are full to overflowing, with the 40 minute doc, documentary on the life of Cubby Brocolli and the feature commentary the highlights. Also included are some vintage interviews with Connery which are interesting if not fulsome - they at least indicate Connery's reluctance to accept the role and his generosity in giving his sizeable fee to a good cause. DTS mix is an improvement on the original for sure, but I found the surround mix to be imperfect, with voices of conversations with people off screen sounding unbalanced in volume - the first time in this Ultimate series I have had anything but praise.
All in all, not Bond's finest hour, but thanks in large part to Connery, a satisfying way to spend a couple of hours of action and fun.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average Bond, 8 Jun 2007
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The last official Bond movie with Sean Connery in the leading role is a strange mixture of the best of Bond and some of the worst. For me it has very happy memories as it was the first James Bond film I saw at the cinema. The opening scenes in particular are very impressive on the big screen, and on rewatching again recently I could see why as a teenager I was so impressed by the film.

On the plus side it has Connery of course, who remains the best Bond. At the time of this film he was 41 and its still amazing to think he was replaced by Roger Moore who was 3 years older. Connery is fine in Diamonds are for ever, displaying the usual Bond dry sense of humour and playing the role with typical panache. Charles Gray as Blofeld also deserves a mention for his role.

However watching the film now its seems a little shallow, not very believeable (what Bond film is though?) and perhaps because we've seen so many Bond films over the years any sense of originality has been lost. Also after the terrific opening scenes the film gradually loses momentum with the escape in the moon buggy perhaps being the low point.

Seeing it in widescreen again is certainly good, and if you just let it wash over you its an OK way pass a couple of hours, but their are better Connery Bonds films than this to be bought first.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most memorable Bond films with excellent extras, 10 Feb 2002
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Different Viewing Experience, 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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3.0 out of 5 stars not the best bond thrill, 31 Oct 2012
This review is from: James Bond - Diamonds Are Forever (Ultimate Edition 2 Disc Set) [DVD] (DVD)
Diamonds Are Forever is an ok Bond movie.The action is great but the problem is that it is too chatty although the car chase is amazing!Bond drives on two wheels.but those sort of cool scenes don't really happen much in this bond film.This is Sean Connery's last bond movie and its a shame its not great.Its not the worst bond movie but as a film it isn't very good at all.I think you should give it a try but if you are a bond fan don't buy it.
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