Welcome to my April A-Z! This month I will be posting about James Bond 007 every day except Sunday, focusing mainly on the movies, not the books. Enjoy!
Diamonds Are Forever was released in 1971, with Sean Connery playing James Bond. It’s his sixth and final portrayal as Bond with Eon films ~ he declined the role in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. (The 1967 version of Casino Royale was not an Eon production.) George Lazenby played 007 in OHMSS. I found Diamonds extremely funny, though I don’t know if that was the intention. James impersonates a diamond smuggler to nab his old nemesis Blofeld, who is stealing diamonds to build a space weapon and destroy Washington, DC. Why is that bad?
Diamonds is glittering with beautiful women, such as Jill St. John (pictured above) playing Tiffany Case ~ what a great name! There’s also Lana Wood as Plenty O’Toole ~ another great name ~ and Lola Larson and Trina Parks as Bambi and Thumper, a baddie’s bodyguards. And then there is the team of gay guys, also working for the baddies, who steal the show imo. They are just so freaking hilarious. Bruce Glover plays Mr. Wint and Putter Smith portrays Mr. Kidd.
The fabulous theme song is sung by Shirley Bassey. Bit of a spoiler after the music link.
My favorite scene takes place in Amsterdam when Bond confronts Peter Franks, the man he’s pretending to be. Bond kills him and puts his ID in Franks’ pocket. When Tiffany searches Franks, she says, “You’ve killed James Bond!” Stellar. They travel to Los Angeles and meet up with Felix Leiter, Bond’s CIA buddy. As usual, the plot twists are rollickingly incomprehensible with clones of Blofeld, telephone impersonation devices, nuke-destroying lasers, etc.
Tune in tomorrow for more A-Z Bond!
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