Diamonds Are Forever

Diamonds Are Forever


MI6 assign Bond to investigate who is hoarding the world’s supply of diamonds. The case leads Bond to Amsterdam, where he poses as criminal Peter Franks and meets Tiffany Case, a glamorous gemstone smuggler. Bond and Tiffany smuggle the diamonds to Las Vegas, where Bond suspects that reclusive industrialist Willard Whyte is behind the conspiracy. Bond infiltrates Whyte’s desert laboratory and finds that the diamonds are being used as part of a laser beam satellite. Back in Vegas, Bond sneaks into Whyte’s penthouse, where he comes face-to-face with his arch-nemesis Blofeld, who has kidnapped Whyte and is impersonating him. Blofeld plans to hold the world hostage for ransom with the deadly satellite. After being left for dead by assassins Mr Kidd and Mr Wint, Bond and Tiffany follow Blofeld to his oil-rig base. As CIA helicopter gunships attack, Bond disarms the satellite and prevents Blofeld’s escape. On the sea voyage back to London, Bond disposes of Kidd and Wint as they try to assassinate him.


Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood, Jimmy Dean, Bruce Cabot, Putter Smith, Bruce Glover, Norman Burton, Bernard Lee, Desmond Llewelyn, Lois Maxwell


Harry Saltzman
Albert R. Broccoli


Guy Hamilton

Release Date

30 December 1971 (UK)
17 December 1971 (USA)

World Premiere

30 December 1971, Odeon Leicester Square, London


Las Vegas, Nevada; California; France; Amsterdam, Holland; Pinewood Studios, UK


“Diamonds Are Forever” – performed by Shirley Bassey, lyrics by Don Black, composed and arranged by John Barry


Peter Frank’s Triumph Stag; Blofeld’s Bath-o-sub; Tiffany’s Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fastback, moon buggy


  • Walther PPK 7.65mm
  • Voice simulator used by Blofeld to impersonate Willard Whyte
  • False fingerprints
  • Biometric fingerprint scanner
  • Piton gun
  • Honda ATV used by Tectronics workers and apprehended by Bond to escape.
  • Wave walker
  • Electro-magnetic RPM controller ring
  • Bombe surprise
  • Diamond satellite laser beam
  • Elevator gas chamber
  • Finger clamp 


The original script featured Goldfinger’s twin brother as the villain

The idea for the film came to Cubby Broccoli in a dream

The South Africa scenes were actually shot in the desert outside Las Vegas

The crew shut down the Las Vegas strip for five nights to film the iconic car chase

During re-shoots, the crew accidentally filmed the car on the wrong two wheels, resulting in a last-minute addition of an interior shot of the car switching wheels