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on 10 February 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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