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James Bond Movie - Diamonds Are Forever

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Info

Release Date (UK)December 30th, 1971
Release Date (US)December 17th, 1971
DirectorGuy Hamilton
Film Number7 of 23
Running Time120 Minutes
Previous FilmOn Her Majesty's Secret Service
Next FilmLive and Let Die

Table of Contents

Cast

CharacterActor
Tiffany CaseJill St. John
Plenty O'TooleLana Wood
Willard WhyteJimmy Dean
SaxbyBruce Cabot
Mr. KiddPutter Smith
Mr. WintBruce Glover
Shady TreeLeonard Barr
Dr. MetzJoseph Fürst
Mrs. WhistlerMargaret Lacey
Peter FranksJoe Robinson

Regulars

CharacterActor
James BondSean Connery
MBernard Lee
QDesmond Llewelyn
Miss MoneypennyLois Maxwell
BlofeldCharles Gray

Plot

Diamonds Are Forever opens with James Bond, played by the returning Sean Connery, chasing down leads around the world to find Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Seeking revenge for the death of his wife in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Bond eventually tracks Blofeld down, and kills him, cremating him in a pool of lava. Unfortunately, he only managed to kill a cosmetically altered lookalike.

Meanwhile, the henchmen duo Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd track down each lead in a diamond smuggling pipeline, killing everybody connected, to destroy any evidence. Bond travels to Amsterdam under the guise of smuggler Peter Franks, to investigate the same pipeline. He meets Tiffany Case, who he believes has the latest batch of diamonds.

Bond soon discovers that the real Peter Franks has escaped, and intercepts him outside of Tiffany's apartment just in time. The two get into an intense elevator fight, which Bond eventually wins, throwing the real Peter Franks over the railings. In an out of character joke for the audience, Bond switches their IDs and tells Tiffany that he has killed James Bond.

Tiffany reveals where the diamonds are, and the two smuggle them to Los Angeles, hidden in Peter Franks' dead body. Bond meets Felix Leiter at the airport, and reveals that the diamonds are in Franks' stomach.

Leaving Leiter to extract the Diamonds, Bond goes to a funeral home to give some fake diamonds to the next chain in the smuggling pipeline, stand-up comedian Shady Tree. Bond is almost cremated alive by Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd, but Shady Tree stops the process when he realizes that the diamonds are not real. Bond quips, "you wouldn't burn up $50,000 real dollars, would you?".

Bond travels to Las Vegas, to visit the Whyte House hotel, where Shady Tree works. Bond goes to talk to Shady, but finds him dead. Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd had killed him thinking that they had the real diamonds already. Bond meets up with Tiffany, and tells her to pick up the diamonds at the Circus Circus casino.

Bond has Leiter follow Tiffany, but she gives them the slip in a large parking lot, and runs off with the diamonds. Bond visits her house and shows her the dead girl in her pool, suggesting that she play along if she wants to stay alive.

The diamonds then follow along to Burt Saxby, who Bond follows into an underground research facility owned by Willard Whyte. Bond impersonates a lab worker, to try and get some more information. However, the real lab worker does his rounds, and Bond blows his cover. He runs into a moon set, a joke about the fake filming of the moon landing conspiracies, and escapes in a moon buggy.

Bond climbs upto the roof of the Whyte House hotel, to find out what is happening with Willard Whyte. However, to his surprise, he finds two Blofeld's there. Bond kills one of them, but the real Blofeld reveals that Bond only killed one of his cosmetically altered look-alikes. He reveals that he has kidnapped the reclusive Willard Whyte, to use him as a cover.

Bond escapes and goes back to the lab, discovering that Blofeld was using diamonds to create a powerful refracting satellite, which he puts into orbit and uses to blow up the nuclear weapons of world powers. His plan is to extort money out of the richest country.

Bond follows Blofeld to an oil-rig for a spectacular ending scene, where the CIA launches an aerial attack against Blofeld. Bond destroys the satellite control room, and escapes with Tiffany.

Music

Diamonds Are Forever Soundtrack

Shirley Bassey returned for the first time since Goldfinger, for a stunning ballad. Supposedly producer Harry Saltzman hated the song, due to the innuendos in the lyrics, but his partner Cubby Broccoli convinced him to keep it.

Track #SongAuthor
1Diamonds Are Forever (Main Title)Shirley Bassey
2Bond Meets Bambi And ThumperJohn Barry
3Moon Buggy RideJohn Barry
4Circus CircusJohn Barry
5Death At the Whyte HouseJohn Barry
6Diamonds Are ForeverJohn Barry
7Diamonds Are Forever (Bond & Tiffany)John Barry
8Bond Smells a RatJohn Barry
9Tiffany CaseJohn Barry
10007 and CountingJohn Barry
11Q's TrickJohn Barry
12To Hell with BlofeldJohn Barry
13Gunbarrel and ManhuntJohn Barry
14Mr. Wint and Mr. KiddJohn Barry
15Peter FranksJohn Barry
16Airport SourceJohn Barry
17Slumber, Inc.John Barry
18The Whyte HouseJohn Barry
19Plenty, Then TiffanyJohn Barry
20Following the DiamondsJohn Barry
21Additional And Alternate CuesJohn Barry

Trivia

Box Office

Opened in # TheatresUnknown
Production Budget$7.2 Million (~$46.5M with inflation)
Worldwide Gross$116 Million (~$617.5M with inflation)

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Crew

DirectorGuy Hamilton
EditorBert Bates
John W. Holmes
ProducersAlbert R. "Cubby" Broccoli
Harry Saltzman
WritersIan Fleming (Original Novel)
Richard Maibaum (Screenplay)
Tom Mankiewicz
MusiciansJohn Barry
Production DesignerKen Adam

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