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(Review originally written at 15 September 2003)

And then I'm not counting "Never Say Never Again" as a Bond of course since it's not an official part of the series.

Yet there is another entertaining and typical Bond story with again Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Charles Gray) Bond's arch-nemesis as the main villain. The movie uses all the typical Bond ingredients but is still original enough and has a couple of memorable scene's and some great characters. Especially Mr. Wint (Bruce Glover) and Mr. Kidd (Putter Smith) are very memorable as both assassins as well as lovers. They are a great screen couple and even the fact that Putter Smith can't act doesn't ruin that.

Funny thing about "Diamonds Are Forever" is that it's a typical Roger Moore Bond even though Sean Connery plays Bond in this one. The humor is very similar to the later Roger Moore Bonds and Sean Connery certainly portrays the most fun Bond out of his career.

Then the most important thing: The Bond girl. Finally a good Bond girl again, Jill St. John plays one of the best Bond girls out of the long series of Bond movies. But even better is Lana Wood as Plenty O'Toole that unfortunately only has a very limited role.

Watching "Diamonds Are Forever" is 2 hours of pure entertainment. Far from the best Bond but it serves it's purpose.

7/10

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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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