Diamonds Are Forever Fake Blofeld Death

A sticky end in the mud bath

On this day in 1971, shooting began on the Diamonds Are Forever pre-credits sequence in which Bond (Sean Connery) kills the fake Blofeld (Charles Gray) in a mudbath. The mud was actually made from mashed potatoes. Production Designer Ken Adam said, “After 24 hours those mashed potatoes began to smell, and the smell became unbearable. The whole stage smelled of it.”

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