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Connery jogs on in a final wacky affair,
This review is from: James Bond - Diamonds Are Forever (Ultimate Edition 2 Disc Set) [DVD] (DVD)
Like an el nino crashing into the sea, the 70's hit 007 too hard for some peoples liking. In many respects, this is understandable - the major change of pace from O.H.M.S.S is quite brow-raising, and probably gave way to the 'fashionable' Bond era.
An often hunch-back Connery has the quite light task of discovering who's smuggling large quantities of diamonds, rather than the usual impossible task of just killing Blofelt. Yet the SPECTRE member may be closer than he thinks, as his journey takes him through a whole spectrum of bad actors, brown wallpaper, brown cars, brown clothes, brown buildings, brown plains, and of course, two fine young ladies. Who are also questionable actors.
Q's input into this mission is rather a restrained one, but given the ever changing locale and Bond's reliance on yet another different-looking Felix Lighter (who suddenly is 20 years younger and has brown hair), it would be difficult to tie him into a settlement.
This is perhaps the story 'of' the story. Unlike previous missions were he tackled warfare and global-power issues, D.A.F made itself of it's time by merely countering diamond smuggling. This leads to less action scenes, and more reliance on daft props, such as the questionable 'getaway' in a rather card-board looking Moon Buggy. The addition of the 'Two-Wierdos' is also a sign of the times as they have absolutely no relevance to the plot. This isn't to say you won't find them entertaining...
D.A.F in my eyes has never been a classic 'Bond', but as a standalone feature, its particularly fun. The stealth, tension, and male-dominance had clearly been washed out, and in its place, a much more laid back affair with enough question marks to fill a joke book.
On a product basis, the restoration as usual from this series of Bond DVD's is impeccable, and the features disc is a welcome addition, given many unfortunately don't, yet they're the same price...
- Thank god Connery packed it in after this; He was already hunching his back!
- It's fairly entertaining for a Sunday afternoon
- The film hasn't aged particularly well
- Too many anomalies and loops holes leave it feeling incomplete, or left short