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Diamonds Are Forever [VHS] 
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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.
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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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I really enjoyed this 115 min REGION B/2 DVD with Sean Connery as 007 and the lovely Jill St John. I like to buy the two disc version so I can watch the odds and ends on a rainy... Read morePublished 12 days ago by JD Ch-le-St
Diamonds Are Forever on paper had so much going for it, Connery was back, so was the director of Goldfinger, Guy Hamilton. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Stephen MacKenzie
Got it in time for my dads father's day present very happyPublished 2 months ago by Mr. D. J. Dussard
Item bought for a friend who loves James bond and the film he had was damaged. So when I placed a new one in his hands he was very happy.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Diamonds Are Forever was the first James Bond film I saw in 1972. For that reason alone I had to have it on Blu Ray despite it not being the best in the series. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer