Diamonds are Forever :- Watch Diamonds are Forever on Youtube on Fire, A strange offering this one, sandwiched between two considerably more significant films. Undoubtedly a lightweight outing, despite featuring a heavyweight star in more ways than one. The cartoonish tone is sharpened by lashings of violence and a surprisingly high body count. A moribund Connery and garish Las Vegas add to the sense of a series going to seed. Implausibilities abound through Diamonds Are Forever. Yet its dysfunctional parts create a film that, while far from a classic, has a certain battered panache and a wry smile throughout. I rather like it. The Villain: Like buses, Blofelds come in threes. After Donald and Telly, here’s Charles utterly estranged from his predecessors in appearance and manner. This Blofeld has hair, a penchant for crossdressing and a rather winning air of bonhomie. Plus there’s three of him. Diamonds Are Forever marks the arch-villain’s farewell to the franchise, although this is surely about to change (I don’t count For Your Eyes Only.) He isn’t explicitly killed off; Blofeld is last sighted being swung into a control room while trapped in an escape pod. The Girl: Well, the silly name thing is back. And Bond still likes the redheads. Following Tracy was always mission impossible and Tiffany Case is no Ethan Hunt. Just consider the implications if she were. Begins promisingly but swiftly descends into incompetence. Does have a certain wayward charm but her characterisation is all over the place. Is she a tough dame or a ditzy bimbo? The film prevaricates before, depressingly, plumping for the latter.
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Action, Adventure, Thriller
Release: 17 December 1971 (USA)
IMDB Rating: 6.7/10
Director: Guy Hamilton
Stars: Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray