Diamonds Are Forever Cast

Diamonds Are Forever Cast

Sean Connery as James Bond

Sean Connery as James Bond

Charles Gray as Ernst Stavros Blofeld

Charles Gray as Ernst Stavros Blofeld

diamonds are forever Jill St. John as Tiffany Case

Jill St. John as Tiffany Case

Jimmy Dean as Willard Whyte

Jimmy Dean as Willard Whyte

Bruce Glover as Mr. Wint

Bruce Glover as Mr. Wint

Putter Smith as Mr. Kidd

Putter Smith as Mr. Kidd

diamonds are forever Lana Wood as Plenty O'Toole casino

Lana Wood as Plenty O’Toole

Bio Pics Bernard Lee as M

Bernard Lee as M

Lois Maxwell

Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny

The cast of Diamonds Are Forever saw some big names enter the fro, none more so than Sean Connery restoration as Bond after a one-movie sabbatical.

Diamonds Are Forever is the seventh James Bond film and was released in 1971. It stars Sean Connery as Bond, who was back again with a license to kill after taking the tuxedo back from George Lazenby, who played Bond in the cast of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Connery had said he was bored of the role when he quit after You Only Live Twice, and the aging actor didn’t give his best performance in this movie. There were moments of brilliance of course, and Connery oozes sophistication whenever he dons a tuxedo and utters words, but there were silly moments in the movie, which didn’t help.

The plot revolves around Bond investigating a diamond smuggling ring led by Tiffany Case. It takes him to Amsterdam initially and the fight scene in is legendary Connery, as is his swooning of led by Tiffany Case, played by Jill St. John.

Case is a cunning and seductive smuggler who finds herself caught in the middle of Bond’s mission. She goes with Bond on his espionage mission, and is one of the more independent and outspoken Bond girls of the time. It might be her red head, but Jill St. John’s performance was one of fire, and it laid set her popularity among Bond fans, which still carries even 50 years later.

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Throughout the film, Bond tries to track down the diamonds and unravel the mystery behind their disappearance, all while avoiding the clutches of his oldest foe, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, this time played by Charles Gray.

Blofeld is behond the diamond smuggling operation and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Charles Gray is a memorable actor with a powerful presence, making him a very believable Blofeld, even if he does dress up as a woman in one scene.

The Diamonds Are Forever film’s supporting cast is equally as stunning and menacing. Lana Wood plays Plenty O’Toole, a woman Bond meets at a casino. Their meeting is memorable as the volutptious and bubbly O’Toole introduces herself as ‘Plenty’ to Bond.

‘But of course you are,’ replies Bond who can’t help but notice her cleveage. ‘Plenty O’Toole,’ she fills him in to which Bond quips, ‘Named after your father perhaps?’ It’s one of Connery’s funny moments and definitely one of his best one-liners of the film.

Famous TV personality and singer Jimmy Dean plays Willard Whyte, an entrepreneur who is loosely based on Howard Hughes. His personality shines through making him a very believable character and one of the better roles in the film.

The standout performance of Diamonds Are Forever has to be the henchman duo of Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd, played by Bruce Glover and Putter Smith. These two work for Blofeld and are tasked with making sure Bond doesn’t interfere with their operation.

They’re a constant threat to Bond, their unique personalities and deadly skills add a fun and menacing aspect to the film. The end of the film when they’re disguised as waiters on the cruise ship serving Bond and Case is a memorable scene, and 007 ensures their menacing presence comes to an entertaining end.

Norman Burton plays Felix Leiter, a CIA agent and Bond’s ally. Throughout the series, Leiter has been a reliable and dependable friend to Bond, providing crucial assistance on multiple missions, and Burton plays a good role.

Bernard Lee reprises his role as M, the head of MI6 for the seventh time. A no-nonsense character played perfectly by an actor, and his and Bond’s clashes are legendary. Desmond Llewelyn is back again as Q, the head of MI6’s tech department, and the scene where his gadget ensures he wins every time on the slots makes for fun. Lois Maxwell is back as Miss Moneypenny to complete the MI6 side.

Diamonds Are Forever wasn’t received positively by the critics. The film does get a bit silly, such as the kung fu acrobatic lady who knocks Bond about a bit. But there are some memorable scenes such as the car chase in Las Vegas, and the fight scene with Bond and the formidable Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd.

All in all, it will never be anyone’s favourite Bond film, and for Connery’s send off it could have been better, but the Diamonds Are Forever cast make the best of a not-so-good production.

Watch the official trailer of Diamonds Are Forever

Other Diamonds Are Forever Cast and Crew

Bruce Cabot as Albert R. ‘Bert’ Saxby

Norman Burton as Felix Leiter

Joseph Furst as Dr. Metz

Margaret Lacey as Mrs. Whistler

Joe Robinson as Peter Franks

David de Keyser as Doctor

Laurence Naismith as Sir Donald Munger

David Bauer as Morton Slumber

Sid Haig as Slumber Inc. attendant

Lola Larson as Bambi

Trina Parks as Thumper

Ed Bishop as Klaus Hergersheimer

Shane Rimmer as Tom

Marc Lawrence as a Slumber Inc. attendant

Henry Rowland as Doctor Tynan

Cassandra Peterson as a dancer.

Directed by Guy Hamilton

Produced by Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli

Screenplay by Richard Maibaum and Tom Mankiewicz

Based on Diamonds Are Forever novel by Ian Fleming

Cinematography Ted Moore

Edited by Bert Bates and John Holmes

Music by John Barry

Diamonds Are Forever Song by Shirley Bassey

Production company Eon Productions

Distributed by United Artists

Release dates: 14 December 1971 (West Germany), 17 December 1971 (USA), 30 December 1971 (UK)

Budget $7.2 million

Box office $116 million