"Curious... how everyone who touches those diamonds seems to die."
— Mr. Wint
The one where Connery came back (for the last time in the official series).Diamonds Are Forever is the seventh James Bond film, starring Sean Connery in his last (and least regarded) Eon series appearance. After Bond kills Blofeld in the opening sequence, he is assigned to an international diamond-smuggling case. A huge amount of diamonds have been stolen from the South African mines and two Camp Gay assassins are killing everyone in the smuggling ring ladder, rung by rung. Bond infiltrates the group by managing to kill smuggler Peter Franks and poses as him in an effort to find out what is going on. He discovers that the head of the smuggling ring is none other than a not-so-dead-after-all Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who found a way to create body doubles of himself through plastic surgery. The diamond smuggling is revealed to be part of a plan by to build a Kill Sat and hold the world hostage.Of note, Sean Connery, who was done with the series after You Only Live Twice, was lured back to playing Bond thanks to a massive paycheck. He used half of it to establish a charity to support deprived children in Edinburgh. When asked if he would ever play the character after this, Connery replied "Never again." This later served as inspiration for the title of the unofficial Bond film Never Say Never Again.Parts of the first Austin Powers movie are a direct spoof of Diamonds Are Forever, including the Las Vegas setting and the casino sequence, the miniature models displaying the reach of the villain's businesses, the Russian-accented countdown, and the Room Disservice sneak-attack against the hero at the end of the film.
Accidental Aiming Skills: Mooks come into Bond's hotel room where he's meeting with a woman, and toss her out the glass door and off the balcony, where she falls about 100 feet to land dead center in the hotel pool. In response to Bond's lampshading that it was a fantastic shot, the astonished mook admits, "I didn't know there was a pool there!"
Actually a Doombot: Blofeld has been using plastic surgery to turn henchmen into doubles to fool Bond. It works, and Bond kills two of them mistaking them for the real deal, plus a third in the first scene who is in between procedures.
The Anticipator: Bond drops into Willard Whyte's penthouse suite and, having been observed by Blofeld, is greeted by Willard Whyte (actually Blofeld with a disguised voice) with the words, 'Howdy. Welcome, son. We've been expecting you'.
Camp Straight: Charles Gray's portrayal of Blofeld is decidedly more Camp than in previous films. He's even in drag at one point in the film.
Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Shady Tree rescues James Bond from Albert Wint and Charles Kidd's incineration attempt on him because he had passed phony diamonds on to Shady, and Shady wants the real stuff. Albert R. Saxby tries to rescue Shady Tree in the same manner, but as James soon finds out, Saxby had talked the two assassins down too late and Shady had already been shot in the head by Mr. Wint.
Car Skiing: While being pursued by Las Vegas police Bond uses a ramp to put his car up on two wheels to fit through an alley that would normally be too narrow. The police car following him also tries it but flips over on its roof instead.
James Bond impersonates a diamond smuggler he has killed and smuggles the diamonds inside the corpse inside a coffin.
Felix Leiter: I give up. I know the diamonds are in the body, but where?
Bond: Alimentary, Dr. Leiter...
When Bond is trapped in a coffin and about to be cremated alive the coffin he's trapped in is supposed to have the $50,000 he was to be paid for smuggling, which is how they lured him into the coffin in the first place.
Collapsing Lair: Willard Whyte's oil rig, as a result of the helicopter attack.
Deadpan Snarker: The entire film is practically a war of snark between Bond and Blofeld.
Distracted by the Sexy: Lampshaded, as Blofeld asks Tiffany to put something on over her revealing bikini, saying "I've come too far to have the aim of my crew affected by the sight of a pretty body.".
Dropped a Bridge on Him: Blofeld, assuming that you count his final demise as happening in this film. In fairness, they were apparently planning to bring him back for one last outing in the next film, but Kevin McClory demanded that the producers stop using Blofeld. He is finally Killed Off for Real in the Bond Cold Open of For Your Eyes Only, though for legal reasons the studio couldn't confirm that until decades later and he is credited as "man in wheelchair".
Famed in Story: After Bond disposes of Peter Franks he switches wallets with the body. When Tiffany Case inspects the corpse and finds the wallet her first reaction is a disbelieving "You just killed James Bond!" Given how often Bond drops his name in the films, it makes sense that he'd develop something of a reputation.
The Film of the Book: The second film where they started taking serious liberties with the source material (the first being You Only Live Twice); not necessarily worse, but still noticed. For instance, Blofeld and SPECTRE are not in the novel - the villains are the smuggling ring The Spangled Mob.
Fingore: The "mousetrap" Bond carries in his jacket at the beginning seems to slice the henchman's fingers off.
Grand Finale: Can be seen as this to the Sean Connery era as a whole. In addition to being Connery's last appearance in a main series Bond film, it also saw the last appearances of Blofeld and SPECTRE as primary antagonists, with future films mostly having Bond facing off against rich megalomaniacs and/or political renegades rather than a large criminal organizaton.
Impersonation Gambit - Bond infiltrates the diamond smuggling operation by impersonating Case's contact, Peter Franks. Naturally, this necessitates a bit of improvisation when the real Peter Franks comes calling.
Naked People Are Funny: Close enough. Plenty O'Toole 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.
No Celebrities Were Harmed: Willard Whyte for Howard Hughes (in fact, the plot emerged from a dream Broccoli had, where he went visiting his friend Hughes and an impostor was there instead).
No One Could Survive That: Blofeld at the end. Indeed it was going to be revealed he survived, but then the rights issues reared their ugly head.
Obvious Stunt Double: In the scene where Willard Whyte's two female captors dive into the pool after Bond, Thumper is clearly not the same woman as the actress who was playing her earlier.
Shameful Strip: Arguably happens to Plenty O'Toole after Bond takes her back to hotel room, but the real shame came not so much from the act of Bond stripping Plenty down to her bare essentials but rather came from Plenty being caught after the fact.
Tap on the Head: Bond is knocked out after placing the diamonds in a compartment.
Technology Marches On: The codes that control the satellite are stored on a tape cassette that protrudes prominently in Tiffany's bikini bottom. Today, a flash drive would've been more discrete, though there'd still be the communication SNAFU between Bond and Tiffany.
There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Inverted, some guy is threatening world governments with a satellite-mounted laser guided from fortified offshore oil rig, and all the US government responds with is utility/observer helicopters armed with rockets. Granted, bombers would have greatly shortened the climax of the movie.
Voice Changeling: Both Blofeld and James Bond use voice duplicating machines to fool other people.
Voodoo Shark: Bond tilts a car to get through a narrow alley, from which it exits tilted the other way. This was considered so obvious that a shot was inserted showing the car flipping around, despite this clearly being impossible.
Wiper Start: Bond does this twice. First, when he jumps into the moon rover, he doesn't know how to start it. Second, when he hops into the crane lowering Blofeld's escape sub, he doesn't know how to operate it and drops the sub into the water.
You Look Familiar: Charles Gray (Blofeld) earlier played a British agent in You Only Live Twice. Ironically, said agent is murdered by SPECTRE, so he is basically playing the man ultimately responsible for his own death.