James Bond (Sean Connery) goes undercover as a diamond smuggler to locate a large amount of stolen gems; it turns out that Blofeld (Charles Gray) is once again responsible. The seventh Bond flick saw Connery make a comeback; he’s still got it, but his heart doesn’t really seem to be in it. A large chunk of the story takes place in Las Vegas; the action packs a certain punch, not least during the finale on an oil rig, but the story is nothing special. On the other hand, we do get to see Blofeld in drag and there’s a couple of gay hitmen. A bizarre chapter of the Bond saga indeed.
1971-Britain. 119 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Guy Hamilton. Novel: Ian Fleming. Song: ”Diamonds Are Forever” (performed by Shirley Bassey). Cast: Sean Connery (James Bond), Jill St. John (Tiffany Case), Charles Gray (Ernst Stavro Blofeld), Lana Wood, Jimmy Dean, Bruce Cabot… Bernard Lee, Desmond Llewelyn.
Trivia: Connery’s final film as Bond (except for Never Say Never Again (1983)). Jane Fonda, Faye Dunaway and Raquel Welch were allegedly considered for the part of Tiffany. Followed by Live and Let Die (1973).