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on 29 January 2017
The last proper Connery Bond film and disappointing that he did not use his influence to change some of the very poor dialogue sprinkled throughout the film and tighten the script. Having said that, this is an excellent finale ( all the other Connery Bond films are 5 stars for me ) and one that is miles ahead of the Roger Moore pantomime Bonds. The storyline is terrific with a lovely Howard Hughes subplot and the diamond smuggling operation element is given time to develop. Oh, how times have sadly changed with no back story of any kind in the Craig era. However, what really sets this movie apart from the Craig era are the interesting and different characters...Shady Tree, Williard White, Burt Saxby, Plenty O' Toole ( the hotel run in with the mobsters is one of the great all time Bond scenes ), Morgan Slumber, the lovely old woman smuggler and the superb Wint and Kidd. These last two assassins are a tremendous addition partly because they are in the story from the very beginning and also because they are so untypical assassins...so unsuspecting as assassins should be and they also cleverly vary their mode of operation ( the South Africa desert scene is wonderful ). The action sequences are terrific ...the lift fight is one of the greatest period and the Bamber and Thumper turn around is brilliant. The idea of going from the desert buggy chase to the downtown Vegas car chase shows a panache sadly missing from the more recent movies...and no casino is destroyed! The high wire raid on White's penthouse is breathtaking and the cremation escape is truly magical displaying the great Connery era style of brains over brawn. The use of the locations is outstanding with a real sense that you are actually in South Africa, Amsterdam and Nevada...unlike the Craig era movies. The raid on Blofeld's Baha launch site ( what a very clever idea ) could be improved by a tighter script especially the dialogue , removing the silly tape switch mix up ( which almost takes the movie into the farcical Moore era ) and allowing us to see the escape from the ocean. However, this is a minor criticism and Bonds escape and the helicopter raid are brilliant. The Blofeld storyline is very clever and has ,of course, been utilised in a later Bond. Jill St John is perfect as the diamond smuggler lover. Connery is on fine form effortlessly portraying charm, grit and cunning although he would have refused to have spoken some of the dodgy dialogue in the earlier Bond movies despite this movies deliberate lighter tone. I can watch this movie over and over. Must not fail to mention that the music is quite brilliant enhancing both the drama and excitement and there is plenty of each in this great movie. There is so much more to enjoy in this fine swan song.
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on 25 June 2017
This is a review for Diamonds Are Forever (Ultimate Edition 2 Disc) [DVD].

Sean Connery returns for his last (official) outing as James Bond.

This entry in the series is, um, really "camp" in that it has two gay assassins, Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint and SPECTRE boss Ernst Stavro Blofeld disguises himself as a (rather ugly) woman at one point.

I'd say this film is played mostly for laughs than it is for action. Perhaps this was done purposely as the next Bond was Roger Moore and, as we know, his take on the role was more humorous.

Film ratio is 2.35:1. Audio is DD 5.1. Both are very good.

Extras - a veritable gift basket of goodies.

An okay movie in the series, but definitely not one of the best.
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on 29 April 2015
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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on 16 August 2016
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 day.
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on 18 October 2013
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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on 1 May 2017
How do you review a classic????? This is CLASSIC James Bond
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on 12 October 2017
This was purchased for my brother who is disabled and in a care home. We watched it together and both enjoyed it very much. As ever Sean Connery we think is the best James Bond.
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on 26 July 2017
The return of Connery, you could see that the Bond films were getting better and better as the years went by since Dr. No.
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on 3 January 2014
Terrible Bond movie hurried together when made but that's George Lazenby's fault for dropping out leaving Connery to fill in at the last minute, still entertaining but Connerys worst official 007 outing which is a shame considering 'Never Say Never Again' was better 12 years later.
5 stars for prompt delivery of DVD which was in excellent condition so highly recommended when considering purchasing so the 3 stars was for the movie not the brilliant service :)
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on 10 April 2015
Another James Bond adventure - dated, politically incorrect - but super entertainment for us oldies Great to re-indulge in the time when men were real men and women Goddesses ...... aaahhh .... This one has the Real 007 - Sean Connery ....
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