Characters / Diamonds Are Forever

Characters specific to the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever. For those in the entire film franchise, see here.


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     Tiffany Case 

Tiffany Case

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"I don't dress for the hired help. Let's see your passport, Franks."
Played by: Jill St. John

An American diamond smuggler and thief whom Bond blackmails into helping him. She frequently finds herself bewildered by the web of lies and oddities that 007 weaves around her.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She's blonde in the novel.
  • The Ditz: Once she is kidnapped by Blofeld, she becomes inexplicably clumsy and stupid.
  • Faux Action Girl: Poor Tiffany fails to display any resourcefulness whatsoever after the third act begins.
  • Girl of the Week: The main Bond Girl of the film.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: Once she is kidnapped by Blofeld, she spends the climax in a bikini.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Averted. Tiffany is no better or worse for her switching sides than she is at the start of the story.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Bond states in this movie that he did really like redheads.
  • The Klutz: Somehow becomes very clumsy once she's on Bond's side and gets worse throughout the film.
  • Loveable Rogue: A lovely diamond smuggler.
  • Master of Disguise: She swaps into several different wigs in her first scene alone.
  • Ms. Fanservice: "Such nice cheeks" indeed. Besides spending the entire climax in Go-Go Enslavement, Tiffany, in her very first scene, opens the door to Bond almost nude. Bond is obviously delighted and lampshades it.
    [Tiffany Case opens the door almost nude]
    James Bond: That's quite a nice little nothing you're almost wearing. I approve.
    [later]
    Tiffany Case: [...] I'll finish dressing.
    James Bond: Oh, please don't, not on my account.
  • Rape as Backstory: In the novel, she was the daughter of a madame who stopped paying protection money to the mob, the mob chased out the hookers and gang raped Tiffany at a young age. It has left her distrustful of men, but she warms up to Bond.
  • Redemption Demotion: One of the most egregious examples when it comes to intelligence. As a criminal, she came across as a slick, competent pro with enough authority to have her own henchman. She even showed some cleverness escaping a squadron of CIA agents organized to arrest her. After her Heel–Face Turn, she blunders around so embarrassingly that both Bond and Blofeld make snide comments on what an idiot she is.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: She and Bond spend a lot of time bickering, but inevitably still end up together.

     Ernst Stavro Blofeld 
See his character sheet here.

     Willard Whyte 

Willard Whyte

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"Baja? I haven't got anything in Baja!"
Played by: Jimmy Dean

A reclusive billionnaire kidnapped by Blofeld. The latter impersonates him with a voice changer in order to use his wealth and space research facility to build and launch a Kill Sat. Once the deception is uncovered by Bond, Whyte uses his contacts and funds to assist in the destruction of Blofeld's lair on an oil rig off the coast of Baja California.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He delivers the one line that it's even too much for Bond himself, who slowly turns, glancing straight at the camera.
    [when Burt Saxby tries to assassinate Willard Whyte, and is gunned down for his efforts]
    Bond: Saxby!
    White: Burt Saxby? Tell him he's fired!
  • Fiction 500: He's capable of funding space research, to the point a Bond villain like Blofeld kidnapped him to hijack his resources.
  • Kidnapped Scientist: The space research centre he funds is the other reason that motivated Blofeld to kidnap him besides his wealth.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The character is a spoof of Howard Hughes.
  • Non-Idle Rich: He funded a space research facility and helps Bond and his allies after being released, using his contacts and funds to assist in the destruction of Blofeld's oil rig lair.

     Mr. Wint/Wynt and Mr. Kidd 

Mr. Wint/Wynt and Mr. Kidd

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"If God had meant man to fly, Mr. Wint..." "...He would have given him wings, Mr. Kidd."
Played by: Bruce Glover and Putter Smith

Two assassins on Blofeld's/the Spangs' employ, who're "cleaning" out the smuggling ring that leads to him using creative ways to dispose of Bond and the smugglers. They are very close to each other.
  • Affably Evil: They act very cheery during the film while commiting increasingly colder murders. In the novel, the latter trope is played straight, with them viciously taunting their victims before torturing them.
  • Alliterative Name: In the novel, while we never learn his full name, "Wint" is a contraction of "W. Winter".
  • Animal Assassin: They use a scorpion to kill Dr. Tynan.
  • Bald of Evil: Mr. Kidd is the balding one out of this duo of assassins.
  • "Bang!" Flag Gun: In a Deleted Scene, Wint kills Shady Tree with a "Bang!" Flag Gun that shoots a real bullet.
  • Bond One-Liner: They tend to joke about their victims' plight.
    Kidd: If God had wanted man to fly, Mr. Wint...
    Wint: ... He would have given them wings, Mr. Kidd.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: They fail to kill an unconscious Bond twice. First, they put him in a coffin to be cremated. Later, after Bond has been gassed by Blofeld, they leave him in a pipe to be buried alive. Bond escapes his fate in both instances.
  • Camp Gay: Mr. Wint is the one who acts the most campy in the film (Mr. Kidd only has his "For a lady" scene regarding Tiffany Case).
  • Chekhov's Gun: Mr. Wint's aftershave. Bond smells it when they put him in a pipe to be buried alive, then he smells it again when they pose as hotel room service to kill Bond and Tiffany in the finale.
  • Depraved Homosexual: They're depraved assassins who are heavily implied to be homosexual.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: They finish each other's sentences.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Mr. Kidd in the film, Mr. Wynt in the book.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Mr. Wint has his bomb tied to his groin and is blown up by it.
  • Laughably Evil: In the film, they kill one person after another, but they're funny. In the book? Not so much.
  • Leitmotif: A very jazzy one.
  • Man on Fire: Bond sets Mr. Kidd on fire during the climactic confrontation, which leads to his death.
  • Minion Shipping: They're two minions who are... very close to each other.
  • Mister X and Mister Y: They always call each other Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd.
  • Psycho for Hire: They're clear psychos who are hired by Blofeld to eliminate the smuggling "pipeline" that leads to him.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Given their Affably Evil status, they flash a lot of these during the course of the film.
  • Red Right Hand: In the book, Wynt has a distinctive wart on his thumb, while Kidd has white hair.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: In the book, Wynt wields a .38 Colt Police Positive, while Kidd wields a .45 revolver.
  • Room Disservice: They attempt to pull a Dragon Their Feet on Bond and Tiffany Case by posing as hotel room service on a cruise liner. They fail.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: They always speak pleasantly of their murders, like when Mr. Kidd suggests to send some pictures of the corpse of one of their victims to her schoolchildren.
  • Sissy Villain: Mr. Wint in the film acts very sissy.
  • Straight Gay: While Mr. Wint could be said to be vaguely swishy (though not really for the time), Mr. Kidd is so un-flamboyant, you'd never guess he's gay if not for the "For a lady" scene.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Probably the two most iconic examples of this trope. The trope's main article page is even written in the distinctive manner they address each other with.

     Burt Saxby 

Albert R. "Burt" Saxby

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Played by: Bruce Cabot

Saxby works for Willard Whyte until Blofeld takes over; Saxby then becomes Blofeld's right-hand man. He gets shot by CIA agents while attempting to assassinate Willard Whyte. As the dead Saxby tumbles down a hill, Whyte spouts one of the movie's best-remembered deadpan-lines: "Tell him he's fired!".

His name is a direct reference to the series' producer Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli.
  • The Dragon: To Blofeld.
  • The Mole: In Whyte's company.
  • Number Two: Was Whyte's before working for Blofeld.
  • You Are Too Late: Henchman to villain example. When he realizes Bond has fake diamonds, he tries to tell Wint and Kidd not to kill Shady Tree. Unfortunately, they had already done the deed.

     Bambi and Thumper 

Bambi and Thumper

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"Is there something we can do for you?"
Played by: Lola Larson and Trina Parks

Two women who are keeping the real Willard Whyte prisoner in his house.

     Plenty O'Toole 

Plenty O'Toole

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"The name's Plenty. Plenty O'Toole!"
Played by: Lana Wood

An opportunistic would-be girlfriend who gets unceremoniously thrown out by thugs. She is killed by Wint and Kidd who mistook her for Tiffany.
  • Buxom Is Better: Ooh yeah. Plenty of it.
  • Cartwright Curse: Though she didn't even have time to make love with Bond.
  • Cement Shoes: She is drowned in the hotel pool this way by Wint and Kidd.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Really? "Plenty"?
  • Gambler Groupies: She's introduced serving as one for a man who's gambling at the Whyte House. Unfortunately for him...
  • Gold Digger: ...he loses all his money, so she dumps him and latches on to James Bond after hearing the hefty sum Bond is gambling, giving this vibe.
  • Innocent Bystander: She doesn't have anything to do with the diamond-smuggling plot, but is killed by Wint and Kidd when they mistake her for Tiffany Case.
  • Meaningful Name
    Plenty: Hi, I'm Plenty.
    Bond: But of course you are.
  • Ms. Fanservice: First a low cut purple dress, and then stripped down to nothing but transparent pink panties.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Close enough. She is almost completely naked when she gets thrown out the window and lands in the pool, and before that with her arms folded protectively over her chest while she screamed in humiliated protest was clearly played for laughs.
  • Punny Name: A big-breasted woman named Plenty O'Toole.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Gets killed by Wint and Kidd to show that they're a dangereous act, just in case their murders in the opening didn't make it clear.
  • Shameful Strip: Though it wasn't the strip that shamed her, it was being caught by "the perverts convention" that shamed her, causing her to go from Shameless Fanservice Girl to Reluctant Fanservice Girl.
  • Unfortunate Names: Again, she's a big-breasted woman named Plenty O'Toole.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: The audience gets to know next to nothing about her before her death.

     Shady Tree 

Shady Tree

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"You dirty double-crossing limey fink! Those goddamn diamonds are phonies!"
Played by: Leonard Barr

A standup comic performing at the Whyte House in Las Vegas, Tree operates as part of Blofeld's diamond smuggling network. He is killed by Wint and Kidd.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the book he was Bond's ally.
  • Grumpy Old Man: He sure is grumpy on and offstage. His first impression upon meeting Wint and Kidd is assuming that they're critics.
    Shady Tree: [after Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd enter into his dressing room] Critics and materials I don't need! I haven't changed my act in 40 years!
  • He Knows Too Much: He's killed by Wint and Kidd for being part of the diamond smuggling ring.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He's frowning all the time.
  • Punch Clock Villain: He's simply doing a job he's getting paid for, even if that job just happens to be diamond smuggling.
  • Villainous Rescue: He saves Bond's life by stopping the cremation process.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He is killed by Wint and Kidd (with a "Bang!" Flag Gun that shoots a real bullet) in a deleted scene.

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