Diamonds Are Forever

(GB, 1871, 120 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
CAST Sean Connery, Jill St John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood, Jimmy Dean, Bruce Cabot, Putter Smith, Bruce Glover


After the more sincere emotional chords in George Lazenby’s (less popular) On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Sean Connery was persuaded to return - negotiating one of the most lucrative contracts any actor had ever seen.

Diamonds are Forever is almost campy in its cruel cynicism and acerbic wit, but it’s surely entertaining. When MI6 arrests small time smuggler Peter Franks, Bond takes his place, meeting courier Tiffany Case. He follow the trail of the diamonds, as everyone who touches them gets killed.

Country singer Jimmy Dean (not the actor) plays a reclusive Howard Hughes type billionaire, holed up in Las Vegas and, it transpires, at the mercy of none other than Ernst Blofeld (Charles Grey, a few years before Rocky Horror). Jill St John is Bond girl Tiffany Case, while Lana Wood (Natalie’s sister) is Plenty O’Toole. Goldfinger director Guy Hamilton is back calling the shots.