Diamonds Are Forever
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After George Lazenby portrayed James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Sean Connery returned to the tux, gimmicks, and catchphrases of Secret Agent 007 in his penultimate Bond outing, Diamonds Are Forever. Fragments of Ian Fleming's original 1954 novel remain, including the characters of the alluring Tiffany Case (Jill St. John) and fey hitmen Wint (Bruce Glover) and Mr. Kidd (Putter Smith). The remainder of Richard Maibaum and Tom Mankiewicz's script diverges dramatically from the novel, involving Bond in a scheme by the insidious Ernst Blofeld (Charles Gray) to force the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

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"Bond looks better than ever, partly because Sean Connery has returned to play him."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"A wry and exhilarating bit of entertainment."
‑ , Time Out
"Connery's last official Bond film is energetic but violent."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"Thanks to the clarity and cut of past 007 films, Sean Connery will sparkle forever. But with a dearth of action and only a fat paycheck as motivation, "Diamonds" feels less like a triumphant return and more like a cheesed-up cabaret version of Bond."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Next door to glass, but aided by the return of Connery."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Diamonds Are Forever doesn't carry the same quality or flair as its many predecessors."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The movie's momentum is such that one never has much time to react to its lack of reason, only to its sensations of speed and narrow escape, and to the splendor of its crazy gadgets and décor."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"After an hiatus, Sean Connery was lured back to the series with a huge paycheck but the end result is decidedly a mediocre feature."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Makes the disastrous, franchise-altering decision to underscore how fusty Bond is by diving right into campines."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Connery has a ball with great stunts, snappy dialogue and a bevy of typically Bondish beauties."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"Assorted ladies, a few quick lines, and one good chase, making for a mediocre entry in the series."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"We see different movies for different reasons, and Diamonds Are Forever is great at doing the things we see a James Bond movie for."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"After struggling with a few films to find the right vibe and tone for a Bond film, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER finds a nice balance that would work for a while."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"The clumsily executed climax reduces the quality of the film considerably."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Fairly forgetable addition to the 007 series, bringing Connery's tenure to a unsatisfying close."
‑ , Film4
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