Diamonds Are Forever

Diamonds Are Forever

DVD - 1971
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Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Twentieth Century Fox : 1971
Edition: Ultimate 007 ed
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE DIAM
Characteristics: 2 video discs (120 mins.) : sd., col., 4 3/4 in

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Nursebob
Nov 24, 2017

I admit to running hot and cold when it comes to these 007 escapades but this particular exercise in swashbuckling overkill left me pretty much frozen. For those so inclined there are the expected sexual conquests (a disco-coiffed Jill St. John gets her crack at being the first American “Bond Girl”) only this time around they’re rendered slightly more palatable by racy innuendo which must have been mildly shocking for the time—“I’m Plenty!” says the buxom brunette shortly before her bra comes off, “Plenty O’Toole.” “You must be named after your father…” shoots back Bond. Gasp!! Testosterone-laced sexism aside however, it was the non-stop onslaught of ridiculous plot twists and miracle escapes (a moon buggy?!) that finally did me in. After being subjected to two hours’ worth of Playboy ninjas, psychopathic gay hitmen, and cartoonish special effects which looked as if they were drawn by hand I finally gave up even though my inner cine-masochist kept me watching until the mercifully short final credits. I do understand the adolescent fantasy factor so integral to these films but one’s intelligence can only be insulted so many times before the mind turns off. "Austin Powers" couldn’t have been much sillier but at least Mike Myers was in on the joke. Nice views of retro Las Vegas, and Shirley Bassey belts out the title song like a pro.

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tzerbanagothergun
Jun 26, 2017

mr. connery looks a bit old here, jill st. john does not. the opening segment with the two henchmen of evil, and the scorpion, are better than the rest of the film, except for ms. st. john.

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rslade
Dec 25, 2014

Most of the elementts are there, but, by the end, the film pretty much degenerates into slapstick.

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StarGladiator
Feb 23, 2013

Easily the worst James Bond film Sean Connery ever made, a sad travesty on his other excellent work; he basically phoned it in, was in the worst shape of his acting (and life) career, really, really sad. Just a film about making money, nothing more.

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akirakato
Feb 12, 2013

The special feature includes a 41-minute documentary about Albert Romolo ("Cubby") Broccoli, who was the man behind 007 James Bond.
He was born on 5 April 1909 and died on 27 June 1996.
He was an American film producer who made more than 40 motion pictures throughout his career.
Most of the films were made in the United Kingdom and they were often filmed at Pinewood Studios.
Co-founder of Danjaq, LLC and Eon Productions, Broccoli was most notable as the producer of the James Bond films.
He and Harry Saltzman saw the films evolve from relatively low-budget origins to large-budget, high-grossing extravaganzas, and Broccoli's heirs continue to produce new Bond films.
This documentary is quite interesting and fascinating.

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phyllis49
Mar 20, 2012

Encore

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bugmansdaughter
Jul 31, 2011

If you like watching comic strip action films this one is for you, otherwise if you like the Felming feel to the earlier films, avoid this one at all costs. It is hard to believe Connery let himself get so out of shape after making Thundeball six years earlier. Probably ate too much haggis and drank too much Scottish ale!

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melbl8tr
Oct 14, 2010

A rather good Bond film with a terrific theme song; a bold choice of villains and an aging, yet still debonair, Sean Connery.

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