Sean Connery returns as Bond in this fairly forgetable addition to the 007 series. Disguised as a diamond smuggler Bond sets out to solve a stolen diamond case.
Shirley Bassey’s theme song is the most memorable thing about this movie.
It’s no Goldfinger, though it did see Connery reclaiming James Bond’s licence to kill after he’d mislaid it for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (which was George Lazenby’s one outing in the role), and a fun moon-buggy chase through the Nevada desert.
Apart from a fairly thin plot about stolen diamonds and lethal lasers, and martial arts babes Bambi and Thumper, there’s not that much to recommend it.
Charles Gray does his best to be oily villain Blofeld, but his white Persian cat steals the scenes and Jill St John is an annoying Bond girl.
Connery was lured back to play 007 again in Diamonds Are Forever, with an unprecedented salary deal, making him the highest paid actor at the time. His package consisted of $1.25 milllion, 12.5 per cent of gross profits and a guarantee from UA to finance two non-Bond films.
The satellite is now over… Kansas. Well, if we blow up Kansas the world may not hear about it for years. – Blofield (Charles Gray).
Sean Connery as James Bond
Jill St. John as Tiffany Case
Charles Gray as Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Lana Wood as Plenty O’Toole
Jimmy Dean as Willard Whyte
Bruce Cabot as Albert R. Saxby
Putter Smith as Mr. Kidd
Bruce Glover as Mr. Wint
Norman Burton as Felix Leiter
Joseph Fürst as Prof. Dr. Metz
Bernard Lee as M
Desmond Llewelyn as Q
Leonard Barr as Shady Tree
Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny
Margaret Lacey as Mrs. Whistler
Joe Robinson as Peter Franks
David de Keyser as Doctor
Laurence Naismith as Sir Donald Munger
David Bauer as Mr. Slumber
Marc Lawrence as Slumber Inc. Attendant
Sid Haig as Slumber Inc. Attendant
Lola Larson as Bambi (uncredited)
Trina Parks as Thumper (uncredited)
Valerie Perrine as Shady Tree’s Acorn (uncredited)
Cassandra Peterson as Shady Tree’s Acorn
Director: Guy Hamilton
Producers: Harry Saltzman, Albert R Broccoli
Writers: Richard Maibaum, Tom Mankiewicz, Tom Fleming
Photographer: Ted Moore
Composer: John Barry
UK, US | 120 minutes | 1971