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Diamonds Are Forever [VHS] [1971]

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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
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English, German
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: MGM
  • VHS Release Date: 3 Nov. 2003
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZGY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,516 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sean Connery returns to the 007 role as James Bond prepares for his latest mission: to infiltrate a worldwide diamond smuggling operation. Following a trail that leads him from Amsterdam to Los Angeles, Las Vegas to the desert, Bond encounters Plenty O'Toole (Lana Wood), steals a moon buggy and gets beaten up by two female karate experts, before finally coming face-to-face with a recluse 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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In my view, Sean Connery is definitely the best actor for the role of Bond. He manages the difficult task of looking both urbane and hard enough for the job, simultaneously. However, he is too often let down by the banalities of the script and the woodenness of the acting around him. Some of the interiors for 'Diamonds Are Forever' are excellent - particularly for Blofeld's hideout on the upper floors of a Las Vegas hotel - but too often these interiors are wasted on the banality of what is said and done within them.

Jill St John as 'Tiffany Case' certainly looks the part, but her acting skills are on a par with the worst of amateur dramatics. Charles Gray does a good turn (possibly the best) as Ernst Stavro Blofeld. The word 'feline' comes home to roost with him. And the film does have some interesting elements. Notably a pair of gay killers and the duo of stunning-looking female assassins. I also enjoyed the fight in the lift, or elevator, which takes place towards the beginning. But as so often with a Bond film, I came away from 'Diamonds Are Forever' with the feeling of potential unrealised. It could have been so much more effective had it been made with more intelligence, flair and imagination. The plot is both formulaic and preposterous, and one loses interest in it some time before the film ends.

By the time of 'Diamonds Are Forever', Sean Connery is visibly pushing middle-age, and Lois Maxwell, Bernard Lee and Desmond Llewellyn all look too old for their parts. I also found that what passes for witty banter in the film now sounds just vulgar and embarrassing. It would not be until 'Casino Royale' that we would catch a glimpse of what a Bond film could be.
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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.
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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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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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A very good film that I am sure many will enjoy at any time of the week
or time of day
Get a nice mug tea an some biccies put your feet up and enjoy your self

Sorry Ladies not a weepy

But a film that's worth Five Gold Stars at any time so try going for
the collection as I am doing
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Much as it gets criticised by the die hards, this is a gem. Love Connery's nonchalant mood and this is mistaken for him not caring enough. Wrong. This is someone who is as cool as it gets. Forget Craig and Brosnan and Moore. This is the real deal. Plus the soundtrack is written by a god and is his finest moment.
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