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Mission: Diamonds Are Forever
Released: December 17, 1971
Bond: Sean Connery
Director: Guy Hamilton
Budget: $7.2 Million
Worldwide Boxoffice: $116 Million
Running Time: 120 Minutes


Villain: Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Organization: SPECTRE
Scheme: The sale of nuclear supremacy
Henchmen: Mr Wint, Mr Kidd
Girls: Tiffany Case, Plenty O'Toole
Allies: Felix Leiter, Willard Whyte
Bond's Kill Count: 5
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[DAF Special Edition]
Universal Exports Summary and Review:
[DAF Movie Poster] Summary: When Bond investigates mysterious activities in the world diamond market, he discovers that the evil Ernst Stavro Blofeld is stockpiling the precious gems to use in his deadly laser satellite capable of destroying massive targets on land, sea and air. Bond, with the help of beautiful smuggler Tiffany Case sets out to stop the madman, but first he must grapple with a host of enemies. He confronts offbeat assassins Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd, as well as Bambi and Thumper -- two scantily clad beauties who are more than a match for Bond in hand-to-hand combat. Finally, there's the reclusive billionaire Willard Whyte, who just may hold a vital clue to Blofeld's whereabouts.

Review: Returning to the role that made him famous, Sean Connery once again dons the tux of the world's most well-known secret agent. Diamonds Are Forever, while a decent entry to the Bond series, suffers from numerous flaws. Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the movie was the locations, or lack thereof. The majority of the film took place in Las Vegas which, in the 1970's, was a far darker and seedier place than it is today. Another fault with the movie is Connery's looks. He seems to have aged more than 4 years since You Only Live Twice and is really showing his age here. Lastly, Diamonds Are Forever seemed to be lacking the Bondian feel that the previous movies had. There is no finite reason for this, it just felt different. On the positive side, there were several good action scenes such as the moon buggy chase and the final battle on the oil rig. The fight between Bond and Peter Franks inside the elevator was brilliantly filmed and there was a lot of tounge-in-cheek humor throughout the movie. The movie proved, once again, that nobody does it better than Sean Connery.

Universal Exports Rating: 004

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Firsts: Tidbits:
First time M's liver prevents him from drinking

First time Bond does not use his Walther PPK

First time a ring is used for a gadget

First time Bond goes to Las Vegas

First time Bond swears (he calls Tiffany a bitch)

First time a major actor from a previous film returns as a different character

First time Q's family is mentioned (he has grandchildren)

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Sean Connery received the highest salary in movie history at the time to return to the series, which he then donated Scottish Education Trust.

The moon buggy has a loose left rear wheel which can be seen coming off in the desert. In the following scene, the moon buggy has all four wheels again.

The scene where Bond runs through a mock-up of the moon was a jibe at the theory that the USA moon landing was a fake.

During one sequence, the nameplate on the desk of Burt Saxby says "Albert R. Saxby" - a "joke" from the crew of the movie.

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Universal Exports Movie Coverage:
The Official SeriesEverything Else
Dr. No (1962)
From Russia With Love (1963)
Goldfinger (1964)
Thunderball (1965)
You Only Live Twice (1967)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Diamonds are Forever (1971)
Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Moonraker (1979)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Octopussy (1983)
A View to A Kill (1985)
The Living Daylights (1987)
Licence to Kill (1989)
GoldenEye (1995)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
The World is Not Enough (1999)
Die Another Day (2002)
Casino Royale (2006)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Skyfall (2012)
Casino Royale (1954)
Casino Royale (1967)
Never Say Never Again (1983)

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