Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
UK / English
""Diamonds Are Forever"...forever...forever...forever... "A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an extortion plot headed by his nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
Fun, but average
Seventh Bond movie, and a very important film within the 007
phenomenon, since it represents Connery's farewell to the role that
made him famous. It was directed by Guy Hamilton, which means that the
tone of the movie is very similar to Hamilton's Goldfinger. There is
lots of over-the-top action scenes, plenty of childish humor and a
constant sense of self-parody. It is actually the silliest Bond movie
with Connery, but it is a fun movie. The plot makes no sense, so
Hamilton makes sure the viewer has a good time. I liked how the
pre-titles sequence alludes to the previous movie in the series (the
bleak On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)). Considering what had
happened to Bond during his last confrontation with super-villain
Blofeld, it makes perfect scene that 007 is obsessed with killing his
nemesis. Unfortunately, since the actual film is so laid back, the
story never fully explores 007's feelings of revenge, depriving the
story of an interesting angle. I also dislike how Blofeld is played by
so many different actors (the same goes for Bond's CIA friend Felix).
This time around Charles Gray plays the nefarious villain, and while he
does a good job, I still think Telly Savalas did a better job. Jill St.
John is a great Bond girl. Most interesting is the fact that assassins
Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint, are obviously gay (and lovers), and the film
does not attempt to disguise their homosexuality. Interestingly,
Connery reminds the main distracting flaw in the film. Throughout the
film he looks tired, and unanimated, so I hate to say this, but I'm
glad he left the series - he looks as if he is sick of the whole thing.
He also looks 60, which is strange since his replacement (Roger Moore)
is older than him, but in actuality looks much younger. Anyhow, I don't
think this is Connery's worst movie (that dubious distinction goes to
You Only Live Twice (1967)), but the film really offers nothing new. It
is a fun movie, but nothing to get excited about.
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