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James Bond, Agent 007 (Sean Connery) goes undercover to Las Vegas to investigate the disappearance of diamonds in transit and discovers the involvement of his arch enemy, Blofeld (Charles Grey). Bond must resist the wiles of beautiful smuggler Plenty (Lana Wood) and survive the machinations of Mr. Wint (Bruce Glover) and Mr. Kidd (Putter Smith), Blofeld's two best assassins, so that he can uncover Blofeld's sinister plot.

"Who can forget the haunting music theme, as Shirley Bassey purrs the title song of Diamonds are Forever? 'I don't need love, for what good will love do me? Diamonds never lie to me; For when love's gone – they lustre on….' Fabulous lyrics. And of course this is the film when Connery came back, after George Lazenby's On Her Majesty's Secret Service. With all the Bond trademarks – beautiful women, big stunts and beguiling themes – the film is wonderful escapist enjoyment, made even more interesting by the passing of time.

Like the other DVDs in the Bond series, this is packed with features, brimming with information and packaged in a slick, well thought out format. The documentary is fascinating in that it describes the circumstances that brought Sean Connery back. Lazenby had gone, and many others were considered as the new Bond, including Batman TV star Adam West. It was agreed that Bond should be Americanised, and eventually John Gavin was signed. Script problems followed (as well as an earthquake) and eventually Connery agreed to return for a record sum of US$1.2million (which he donated to the Scottish Education Trust Fund for artists, writers & painters). Gavin was subsequently released, and the film was made. We hear from many involved in its making – from Putter Smith to Jill St John, who is still as glamorous today as she was then. The Las Vegas location wasn't so much a challenge, but a temptation, we hear, and we learn the real story behind the car chase stunt, when the car in which Bond and Tiffany are travelling does a wheelie, but comes through the alley on the opposite two wheels. Interesting stuff. Lots of trivia – mashed potatoes was used in bulk for the 'mud' scenes; no one realised that after 24 hours, it smells! And there's a cute segment when some of the previous Bond Ladies talk about Connery. 'It was a pleasure to kiss him' says Ursula Andress; while Honor Blackman describes him as 'The sexiest thing on two legs, with such a wicked twinkle.'

And there's plenty more – an audio commentary with director Guy Hamiton & members of cast and crew, a documentary narrated by Patrick McNee about producer Cubby Broccoli – an Italian American success story; well presented deleted scenes (dinner with Plenty featuring a floating harp is my favourite); original trailer, tv & radio spots and a collectible booklet."
Louise Keller

Publication date: November 9, 2000

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CAST: Sean Connery, Jill St John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood, Jimmy Dean, Bruce Cabot

DIRECTOR: Guy Hamilton

SCRIPT: (from Ian Fleming's novel)

RUNNING TIME: 115 minutes

DVD Distributor: Fox Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: November 8, 2000

Audio commentary by director Guy Hamilton & members of cast & crew

Inside Diamonds are Forever documentary

Cubby Broccoli – The Man Behind Bond documentary

Deleted scenes
Original theatrical trailer, Television & radio spots
Collectible 'making of' booklet

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