Diamonds are Forever

It’s true. Just ask any woman… or perhaps James Bond.

The last film in the saga to feature Sean Connery as 007 – Diamonds are Forever (1971) – got a screening on Saturday. The plot centres around diamond smuggling which leads Bond to uncover Blofeld’s grand extortion plan. While I can’t rave about the storyline, the film is certainly helped by having Connery back on screen. Sadly though, it would have been nice to see a stronger finale for Connery as Bond.

Number one in the bizarre department would have to be the characters of Mr Kidd and Mr Wint who employ varied methods to kill people during the movie. Also somewhat strange is the moon buggy used by Bond in an iconic escape – looking cheap and nasty like it belongs in a B-Grade science fiction flick rather than a James Bond film.

A couple of Bond gadgets are worth mentioning, namely a pocket finger trap that catches an unsuspecting henchman reaching for Bond’s gun and a fake fingerprint used by Bond to support a false identity.

Finally, the bad dudes have a much bigger laser this time – orbiting the earth on a satellite with its destructive power enhanced by diamonds – what else!?

My conclusion: worth a look (hey its Bond) but not the best Connery film.

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About Chris
A self confessed geek, meteorologist (aka weather forecaster), father & proud kiwi mainlander living, working & playing in Wellington, New Zealand.

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