Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Sean Connery returns as James Bond, 007 for Diamonds are Forever. Bonds hunt for Blofeld (Charles Gray) continues, having not successfully killed him in Her Majesty’s Secret Service. But Blofeld has gotten trickier, having created multiple doubles to fool Bond or anyone who might be after him. So the man that Bond kills, is he the real Blofeld or just a double. But Bond can’t chase Blofeld forever so M assigns him to a diamond smuggling case that isn’t quite as simple as it first appears. In this case someone has been hoarding the smuggled diamonds for their evil plan of what else but taking over the world. So its James Bond to the rescue. Also starring Jill St. John, Bruce Glover, Putter Smith, Jimmy Dean, Lana Wood, Bruce Cabot, Norman Burton.
Sean Connery is a breath of fresh air after the last James Bond appearance. His suave, unhurried manner is fabulous and breathes new life back into the franchise as you would expect it to. It’s a little bothersome that Blofed is played by its third actor at this point and by someone who has already appeared in a Bond film, You Only Live Twice to be exact. I am sure there aren’t many who would notice but then Charles Gray has a very distinct accent. It really is amazing how many times they can bring a character like Blofeld back, but is does have the stench of staleness in this case. While the story is decent, you get just a touch bored with the bad guy especially in a film where the bad guy is so crucial. The upside for me in this one is that Miss Tiffany Case who is played by Jill St. John isn’t just another bimbo for Bond she actually has a large role to play in the film and has an inkling of intelligence. Its refreshing. Oh and Bruce Globe and Putter Smith play two wonderfully quirky characters murdering anyone who happens to be connected with the Diamonds. Diamonds are Forever is a mediocre success in the whole scope of the Bond series but like them all is entertaining with plenty of explosions to enjoy.
7/10 Stars – Nice to have Connery back for his last hoorah as Bond before it passes to the hands of Roger Moore.
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