Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Diamonds Are Forever

Damonds Are Forever Review

Diamonds Are Forever is a 1971 spy film which is the seventh entry in the James Bond series. It is one of the weakest films in the series for sure.

Bond has to impersonate a diamond smuggler to infiltrate a smuggling ring and uncover a plot by his nemesis Blofeld to use the diamonds to build a giant laser. That is the plot here and, needless to say, it is ridiculous. It is silly to the point of being campy at times and this is the first Bond movie that fully embraces the silliness and campiness. That is why I disliked it along with its too frenetic pacing.

The characters are also weak here and the acting is problematic with Sean Connery’s performance in particular bothering me. Now granted, he was never great in these films, but at least he gave a solid performance for most of the time. But here he just missed the mark entirely. After ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ and its quite mild reception, they got rid of George Lazenby and brought back Connery to play the role once again. But that choice proved to be a fatal mistake as he was not only too old for the part, but he also delivered such a weak performance which is unfortunate.

The film isn’t bad as it has its moments for sure and it looks good and can be fun. But it is still so incredibly forgettable with the third act in particular being so ridiculous. There are some scenes there that are so laughably campy that I felt that I was watching a B-movie how silly and cheap it all looked. The score is solid and the title song is pretty good. The pacing is also way too fast, but at least the film isn’t boring for the most part. The action could have been better and the Bond girl here is also very forgettable compared to the previous ones. All in all, Diamonds Are Forever is even weaker than ‘Thunderball’ and it is undoubtedly one of the worst and most forgettable Bond flicks.

Diamonds Are Forever is such a forgettable and weak Bond entry with too silly and campy approach, weak characters and acting and many ridiculous moments in it. It isn’t bad as it can be entertaining, but it is still a largely mediocre movie that is one of the worse entries in the franchise.

My Rating – 2.5

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