Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Cast & Characters
Following a trail that leads from the canals of Holland
to the neon streets of Las Vegas, James Bond uncovers a
plot by Blofeld to use the world's supply of diamonds to
create a high powered laser satellite capable of destroying
any target on earth, and it's aimed at Washington.
UK: 30th December 1971 (PG)
USA: 17th December 1971 (PG)
Premiere: 30th December 1971 (Odeon Leicester Square, UK)
UK TV Premiere: 25th December 1978, ITV
US TV Premiere: 12th September 1975, ABC
Running Time: 119 minutes
Classification: PG (UK), PG (US)
Worldwide Box Office: $116m
US Box Office: $43.8m
US Admissions: 25.8 million
UK Box Office: N/A
Producers: Albert R. Broccoli & Harry Saltzman
Director: Guy Hamilton
Screenplay: Richard Maibaum, Tom Mankiewicz
Composer: John Barry
Japan; Cairo, Egypt; South America; South Africa; Dover,
UK; Amsterdam, Holland; Los Angeles, USA; Nevada, USA; Las
Vegas, USA; Baja, California; USA.
After killing Bond's wife in the previous film, 007 wants
revenge on Blofeld. In the first scenes Bond aggressively
extracts information from several people on the whereabouts
of his nemesis. Meanwhile, Blofeld is performing plastic
on a goon. When they leave, 007 makes his entrance disguised
as a guard that he earlier dispatched. Bond is attacked
by the mud bather and triumphs, only to be met with Blofeld
and his two guards. After some pithy dialogue, a fight ensues
and once again Bond is victorious. The two guards are dealt
with he gets his time alone with Blofeld. After tying him
to a stretcher, Bond pushes him into the mud pit and leaves.
The title is taken from Ian Fleming's fourth novel. Although
diamonds are central to the plot of the film, the title
is never mentioned. However, the phrase is used in dialogue
in the 2002 film "Die Another Day".
Cut Scenes & Alternate
There a four significant scenes which were cut from the
- Burt Saxby discusses with Sammy Davis, Jr. why he has
not signed his contract yet.
- After the gambling, Bond has dinner with Plenty.
- The original version of the scene where Bond drives on
two wheels through the alley. This version was not used
due to the watching crowds and the police cars at the end
of this scene.
- A scene were Plenty returns to Bond's room after she was
thrown into the pool. Here, she spies on Tiffany Case and
Bond making love through a crack in the bedroom door. Plenty
then looks through Tiffany's purse nearby and finds the
address to Tiffany. This explains how Plenty gets to Tiffany's
house later in the movie. Another scene has Plenty arriving
the next day at Tiffany's house and letting herself in and
sees nobody's around (all the characters are at the Circus
Circus Casino). Plenty goes into Tiffany's bedroom, sees
some of her wigs lying around and tries a few on for fun,
until the frame pulls back to Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd arriving
and seeing Plenty trying on the wigs, assume she's Tiffany
whom they are ordered to kill.
The "Inside" DVD documentary contains an alternate
version of the death scene of the Dentist. Instead of putting
the scorpion into the doctors shirt, Mr. Wint puts the scorpion
in his mouth.
The TV version aired on ABC on March 2nd, 2002 was digitally
altered. Dark bra straps were placed on actress Lana Wood's
originally naked back, and her formerly tan panties were
digitally coloured to match.
The BBFC made some cuts to the UK theatrical release. The fight
between Franks and Bond was reduced, as was Bond's use of the
fire extinguisher to kill Franks. Towards the end of the film,
shots were reduced of Bond acting menacingly with a brandy bottle
and the sight of Mr. Kidd jumping over the ship's rail was omitted.
These cuts were reinstated for future VHS and DVD releases.
Plenty: "Hi, I'm Plenty." Bond: "But, of course you are."
Plenty: "Plenty O'Toole."
Bond: "Named after your father, no doubt?"
One of the moon buggy's wheels falls off mid-chase.
Connery's return. Tempted back into the Bond role for a then record
sum of $1.25m plus a percentage of the profits. He donated the
entire sum to his Scottish International Educational Trust.
"Bond, James Bond": 1
As voted in MI6's Fan Verdict poll
THE END of DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
James Bond will return in LIVE AND LET DIE
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