Diamonds Are Forever

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Connery's last official Bond film is energetic but violent.
  • PG
  • 1971
  • 120 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Bond is heroic, smart, and resourceful as ever, though he has his vices (martinis and women). Additionally, his license to kill allows him to dispatch bad guys without a second thought. He never really learns any lessons. Women are often treated as objects in Bond movies, though the women in this movie are a bit cleverer than usual. Two of the supporting characters may be gay, but are depicted as slightly creepy and weird, and perhaps plain evil.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Bond remains a mixed character, skillful, tough, smart, and resourceful, but also subject to drinking, seducing women (and never settling down), killing without consequences, and also general destruction of property. He is a connoisseur of the finer things in life, including cars, wines and champagne, and watches.

Violence

Bond fights several henchmen, punching, chopping, throwing them around and smashing them against walls. Two of his opponents are women, "Bambi" and "Thumper." He defeats them by holding their heads underwater in a pool. Bond kills several opponents. A character is killed with a scorpion. Dead bodies are shown, including a woman drowned in a pool. Bond slaps a woman in the face. Bond is knocked out by gas and nearly incinerated at a funeral home (inside a coffin). Explosions are shown. A man on fire is shown. We see some brief guns and shooting.

Sex

No nudity, but scantily-clad women are shown in bikinis and underwear, or naked under bedsheets. Bond sleeps with two women -- one is called "Plenty O'Toole" -- and we see the usual sexy silhouettes during the opening credits. Bond is shown shirtless, naked to just below the waist. We get playful sexual innuendo throughout, such as Bond saying, "there's something I'd like you to get off your chest," as he removes a woman's bikini top. A man makes reference to a woman's "cheeks" in her bikini bottom. The movie suggests that two hitman characters are gay and are shown holding hands (very risqué in 1971). A character has a comical line about a "virgin in a maternity ward." Signs for "topless" clubs are seen on a Las Vegas strip.

Language

"Goddamn," "damn," "bitch," "son of a bitch," and "hell" are heard. "P---y" is used as a double-entendre; onscreen it refers to a cat, but it also refers to Bond's partner. In one scene, a character yells, "dirty bastard," though he is cut off before he finishes the word. Bond calls a woman "stupid twit."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Bond drinks a glass of sherry and has a sip of whisky. One of the Bond girls smokes a cigarette.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Diamonds Are Forever is the seventh official James Bond 007 movie, and Sean Connery's last outing, until his unofficial comeback in Never Say Never Again (1983). It contains the usual fighting, killing, and dead bodies, plus explosions and characters on fire, though there are fewer guns than usual. Bond slaps a woman in the face. Though no graphic nudity is shown, Bond has two sex partners, and women are shown in bikinis, in underwear, and under bedsheets. There is some strong sexual banter and innuendo. The movie implies that two male characters are gay (they hold hands). Language is stronger than usual in a Bond film, with uses of "goddamn," "bitch," and "hell." ("P---y" is used as a double-entendre, referring to a cat onscreen.) Bond drinks slightly less in this movie, with just a sip of sherry and a sip of whisky. A woman is shown smoking a cigarette. Bond fans know that Connery was the best, which makes this one essential viewing.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjmo97 October 21, 2016

Among the weaker Bond films, but still is entertaining

Diamonds Are Forever is a very mixed bag for me: it has a weak performance by the villain, some really silly action scenes, and I didn't think this story w... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byAge critical reviews February 16, 2016

Tougher and Darker James Bond flick has an entertaining plot but mature script

My rating:PG-13 for violence,language,innuendo,sexuality/nudity and smoking
Kid, 11 years old October 31, 2014

Good finale to Connery's bond saga

Violence- 3 (Action Violence)

What's the story?

In a prologue, Agent 007, James Bond (Sean Connery), hunts for the evil Ernst Stavro Blofeld, a villain from several previous films, and it looks as if Bond finally catches and kills him. Then, MI6 chief M (Bernard Lee) gives Bond his next assignment: apparently South African diamonds are being smuggled in an attempt to manipulate the market, and Bond is to stop them. His journey takes him from Amsterdam to Las Vegas, tangling with two tricky killers, Mr. Wint (Bruce Glover) and Mr. Kidd (Putter Smith), as well as two duplicitous Bond girls, Plenty O'Toole (Lana Wood) and Tiffany Case (Jill St. John). During an explosive showdown on an oil rig, Bond discovers an even deeper, more sinister plot, as well as the mastermind behind it.

Is it any good?

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER was Sean Connery's final outing as James Bond, except for his unofficial 1983 "comeback," Never Say Never Again, and it's definitely sillier than its predecessors. I also seems to aim more along the lines of broad entertainment than sharp storytelling. The Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd characters are troubling in that they're a bit too offbeat and cartoonish, but also the movie hints at their homosexuality and uses it as a despicable aspect.

However, Connery is still in top form, and with Guy Hamilton (Goldfinger) at the helm, the movie still moves at a clean, energetic pace. Even scenes such as the infamous "moon buggy" chase are handled with dignity. The two Bond girls in this entry come across as slightly stronger and more cunning than other examples; they're more than just pretty faces. Some fans claim that this movie is "too American," but Bond fits right into the Vegas setting with no trouble. It's a solid, recommended entry in the series.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How much is shown and how much is implied? How does the violence in this movie compare to violence in more modern-day movies?

  • What does it mean for Bond to have a "license to kill"? Does Bond ever feel remorse from any of his victims? Does he learn anything? Would you like to have such a license? Should anyone have one?

  • How are the women depicted in this movie? Are they smart? Brave? Strong? Or are they victims?

  • How did you feel about the Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd characters? If the movie suggests that they are gay, do they come across as good role models? Stereotypes?

  • What is the difference between Bond's appreciation of a fine bottle of sherry, and a character that drinks to get drunk?

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