REVIEW: Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Diamonds-Are-Forever-01A diamond smuggling investigation takes James Bond (Sean Connery) to Las Vegas and leads him into plots concerning lasers, space and his old nemesis Blofeld (Charles Gray).

The plot of Diamonds Are Forever isn’t the best, in fact it’s quite dull at some points. While Connery is still his charming self as Bond, he almost looks a bit bored through some points of the film. Tiffany Case (Jill St. John) is a girl who is a part of the diamond smuggling ring who ends up helping Bond out but really she wasn’t the most helpful or independent of the Bond Girls.

There’s a chase scene where Bond is in some sort of space buggy being chased by Blofeld’s henchman in cars and on weird dirt bikes and wow are they useless! They were the most incompetent bunch of henchman I’ve seen so far in the Bond films. They were so bad it was funny and I don’t think it was meant to be like that – or if it was, it didn’t get the tone right.

Blofeld did have a couple of henchman that were actually quite successful in their criminal activities – most of which were killings. Mr. Kidd (Putter Smith) and Mr. Wint (Bruce Glover) were actually quite creepy as they were both soft spoken and clearly smart and dangerous. They were great secondary characters. As were Bambi (Lola Larson) and Thumper (Trina Parks), two acrobatic femme fatales that made things difficult for Bond. The scene featuring them two was my favourite in the whole film.

Diamonds Are Forever is Sean Connery’s last appearance as James Bond and it’s a shame it didn’t live up to the greatness of some of his previous outings. 2/5.

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