Characters / Diamonds Are Forever

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

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     Tiffany Case 

Tiffany Case
"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.
  • 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 this film.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: Once she is kidnapped by Blofeld.
  • 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.
    Tiffany Case: [...] I'll finish dressing.
    James Bond: Oh, please don't, not on my account.
  • 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 

Ernst Stavro Blofeld
"We are prose, Mr. Bond."
Played by: Charles Gray

Bond's Arch-Enemy returns, having dropped his old outfit (SPECTRE) and escaped justice using body doubles. This Blofeld mostly hides behind the apparatus of Williard Whyte's business. Curiously, though, he doesn't exactly keep a low profile, in fact, he turned on the camp Up to Eleven.

In any case, this was the last time Bond tangled with him (apart from a Lawyer-Friendly Cameo in For Your Eyes Only and the remake of Thunderball, Never Say Never Again), until Spectre was released.
  • Affably Evil: Blofeld is at his most affable with Bond in this film.
  • Arch-Enemy: Bond stages a Roaring Rampage of Revenge after him at the start of the film.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the film.
  • Body Double: He has created several body doubles of himself using Magic Plastic Surgery on his henchmen.
  • Camp Straight: Probably the most blatant case in the franchise. He even gets Disguised in Drag at one point.
  • The Chessmaster: Blofeld's Evil Plan this time is using a diamond-powered Kill Sat to destroy nuclear weapons in China, the Soviet Union and the United States, then propose "an international auction, with nuclear supremacy going to the highest bidder."
  • Deadpan Snarker: Blofeld is also at his most snarkier in this film. He's especially having a ball in the third act at the oil rig.
    Blofeld: The satellite is at present over... Kansas. Well, if we destroy Kansas the world may not hear about it for years. Perhaps New York, with all that smut and traffic... might give them a chance for a fresh start.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: He's the mastermind behing a "pipeline" of diamond smugglers to obtain the diamonds for his laser satellite. He later sends assassins to dispose of its members once they'd outlived their usefulness.
  • Disguised in Drag: The way he escapes from Whyte's casino.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Makes more ham-style comments and snarks this time.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: The cigarette holder as an Evil Smoking indicator.
  • Identity Impersonator: Impersonates Willard Whyte in order to use the latter's wealth and space research facility for his schemes.
  • Magic Plastic Surgery: He creates doubles of himself using plastic surgery and ... mud baths(?!) on his henchmen.
  • Not Quite Dead: At the beginning of the film, Bond finds him at a facility where Blofeld look-alikes are being created through surgery. Bond kills a test subject, and later the "real" Blofeld, by drowning him in a pool of superheated mud. Turns out that Blofeld was also a look-alike.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Doesn't mind targeting nuclear missiles or nuclear submarines with his killsat.
  • Right-Hand Cat: He even duplicates his trademark white Persian cat in order to fool Bond.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Complete with a cigarette holder.
  • Supervillain Lair: Two: Whyte's penthouse atop a hotel in Las Vegas, and an oil rig.
  • War for Fun and Profit: This is his plan with the diamond laser Kill Sat. He demonstrates it on a handful of contraptions from the U.S., Russia, and China, in that order, and then holds an "international auction" to give nuclear supremacy to the highest bidder, and the losers get blown up; Washington is targeted as a result.

     Willard Whyte 

Willard Whyte
"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 saw Whyte's resources quite tempting.
  • 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
"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 Spang's 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.

     Albert R. "Burt" Saxby 

Albert R. "Burt" Saxby
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.
  • 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
"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
"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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: The audience gets to know next to nothing about her before her death.

     Shady Tree 

Shady Tree
"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 during the film.
  • 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: 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).