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Diamonds Are Forever

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Starring: Sean Connery, Jill St. John
Director: Guy Hamilton
Rated: PG
RunTime: 119 Minutes
Release Date: December 1971
Genres: 007, Action, Suspense

*Also starring: Charles Gray, Lana Wood, Jimmy Dean, Bruce Cabot, Desmond Llewelyn, Bernard Lee, Bruce Glover, Putter Smith

Review by Andrew Hicks
3½ stars out of 4

One of the most entertaining James Bond outings, with Sean Connery in his last appearance as 007, is filled with the best of the usual Bond gimmicks--the supervillains, death traps, chase scenes, helpless women, killer women (Bambi and Thumper... Bambi's mad because her mom was killed and Thumper just wants to lash out because her foot won't stop twitching) and high-tech gadgets. Q even invents one for his own amusement that makes slot machines pay off.

Yes, Bond's gone to Las Vegas this time to get to the bottom of a diamond caper headed by a villain who's perfected a cosmetic surgery technique that makes face-cloning possible. Then there are the evil homogenized two, Mr. Kidd and Mr. Play... Okay, the other guy's name isn't Play, but I've seen way too many Bond movies in way too short a time to remember the names of all the criminals. All I remember is one of the two looks a lot like Sonny Bono.

Thankfully, the leading lady doesn't look like Sonny or Cher. It's Mrs. Robert Wagner, Jill St. John, who also guest-starred on the first episode of the "Batman" TV show as a villainous discotheque dancer who was vaporized in the Batcave's nuclear power generator. ("What a terrible way to go-go," Batman laments.) If you haven't figured it out yet, it's my duty to interject a tidbit about "Batman" in roughly a tenth of the reviews I write.

St. John also inspires the best line in the movie. Bond is making out with her when a group of bad guys burst into the hotel room. "Gentlemen," he says, "I'm afraid you've caught me with more than my hands up." Now that's The Man!

Copyright 1998 Andrew Hicks

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