James Bond uncovers a diamond smuggling plot in Las
Vegas headed by his arch-nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Directed by Guy Hamilton
Written by Richard Maibaum and Tom Mankiewicz
Starring Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray,
Bruce Glover, Putter Smith, Jimmy Dean, Bernard Lee,
Desmond Llewelyn, Lois Maxwell
Sequel to 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Based on the novel by Ian Fleming
Oscar Nominations - Best Sound Mixing
After the boring chapter in the Bond saga that was On Her Majesty's Secret Service, I was happy to see another excellent Bond film from Sean Connery. Charles Gray played Blofeld better than anyone in the franchise, which does not take away from Donald Pleasance and Telly Savalas.
What really made this film stand out were the two terrifying hitmen Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd, played by Bruce Glover and Putter Smith. Every scene they were in gave me chills and they will no doubt go down in history as two of the best villains in the franchise.
The Bond film we should have gotten instead of the last one. Sean Connery returns to the role of James Bond and once again gives another exciting chapter in this franchise. Charles Gray plays Blofeld and he does an excellent job, not at all taking away from the performances by Donald Pleasance and Telly Savalas.
The film introduces two of the most frightening villains in the series, Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd. They were creepy anytime they were on the screen. A welcome return and a fitting farewell for Sean Connery's era of James Bond.