Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

“Curious, how everyone who touches those diamonds seems to die.”

By impersonating a diamond smuggler and meeting with a beautiful contact (Jill St. John) in Las Vegas, James Bond (Sean Connery) uncovers information about a sinister plot by his arch-enemy Blofeld (Charles Gray) to build a massive laser weapon.

Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:

  • James Bond Films
  • Mistaken or Hidden Identities
  • Sean Connery Films
  • Spies

Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary writes that while this “follow-up to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service features Sean Connery’s return as James Bond, it’s unfortunately “one of the most forgettable movies of the entire Bond series”. He points out that “until Blofeld’s reappearance” in the film, “we must watch what is no better than a mundane diamond-smuggling melodrama, without the spectacle we associate with James Bond.” He further notes that “the Las Vegas setting isn’t exotic enough, there’s little humor, the villains are second-rate:

— and the trouble Bond gets into, even Maxwell Smart would escape.” While he argues that “the only bright spot is moderately talented leading lady Jill St. John as a sexy diamond smuggler who gets in over her head and into a number of teeny bikinis,” she’s actually not very interesting as a character:

Much more enjoyable is a brief sequence in which a pair of athletic women named Bambi (Lola Larson) and Thumper (Trina Parks) show some serious girl-power while kicking Bond’s butt.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • Bambi and Thumper’s collective gang-up on Bond

Must See?
No; you can skip this one.


2 thoughts on “Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

  1. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Connery’s weakest EON Bond is still fun (no such beast as a Bond film being a bad film) but is not must see. Charles Grey is a great, urbane villain and the score is wonderful.

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