Diamonds Are Forever is the seventh EON James Bond film series, the second to be directed by Guy Hamilton and the last to star Sean Connery, coming out in December 1971. Shirley Bassey performed the Title Theme Tune for the second time in the series.
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 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 felt he was done with the series after You Only Live Twice, was lured back to playing Bond thanks to a massive paycheck after the turmoil caused by George Lazenby's departure. 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.
Tropes Are Forever:
- Accidental Aiming Skills: Mooks come into Bond's hotel room where he's stripping down the lovely Plenty O'Toole, and toss her out the glass door and off the balcony, where she falls about 100 feet clad in nothing but her panties and her high heels 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 down 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.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Tiffany was blonde in the book, as opposed to a redhead in the film. Lampshaded when Bond asks, "Weren't you a blonde when I came in?"
- Adaptation Expansion: The diamond smuggling pipeline is the entire Evil Plan in the book, and is run by comparatively mundane gangsters. In the film, it's just one arm in another of SPECTRE's grandiose schemes.
- Adapted Out: The main villains of the book - Jack and Seraffimo Spang - are completely absent from the film.
- Ambiguously Gay: Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd, although they weren't ambiguous at all in the novel.
- America Saves the Day: A force of armed U.S. helicopters attacks Blofeld's oil rig after receiving Bond's signal.
- Animal Assassin: Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd use a scorpion to kill Dr. Tynan.
- Anti-Love Song: I don't need love/For what good will love do me?...
- 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'.
- Artistic License Biology: Dr. Tyan is killed by a scorpion sting and dies almost instantly. Most scorpion stings aren't fatal, and even then can take hours to kill.
- Artistic License Geography: Someone mentions "Nairobi, in South Africa". Even if they didn't mean the republic, the city is in Kenya in east Africa.
- Artistic License History: The first laser was generated using a ruby, not a diamond.
- Ass Shove: When Felix Leiter questions Bond about where he managed to hide the diamonds on a dead body, Bond alludes to this trope by answering "Alimentary, Doctor Leiter."
- Auction of Evil: After Blofeld launches his satellite, he sets up "An international auction, with nuclear supremacy going to the highest bidder."
- "Bang!" Flag Gun: In a deleted scene, Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd kill Shady Tree with a "BANG!" Flag Gun that also shoots a real bullet.Mr. Wint: Shady Tree! Shady, we just adored your act.
Mr. Kidd: What taste and style.
Mr. Wint: And we have a few suggestions.
Shady Tree: Critics and material I don't need; I haven't changed my act in 40 years!
(Mr. Kidd pulls out a water gun flower)
Mr. Kidd: Ah, but this one's surefire...
Shady Tree: That's the oldest Godda—
Mr. Wint: And this one... will kill you.
(Mr. Wint puts a gun to Tree's head; the BANG Flag Gun pops out reading BANG! You're Dead!)
Shady Tree: Come on, fellas! The popping gun and the squirting flower routine? You gotta be kidding!
(Mr. Wint empties a live bullet into Tree's brain)
Mr. Kidd: Two's company, Mr. Wint...
Mr. Wint: And Tree was a crowd, Mr. Kidd.
(James Bond continues toward Tree's dressing room as Albert R. Saxby intercepts Wint and Kidd on departure)
Albert R. Saxby: Hold it! Don't go in there. We didn't get the real diamonds, so we need Tree... alive.
Mr. Kidd: That's most annoying...
- Bavarian Fire Drill: Bond dons a lab coat, grabs a clipboard and masquerades as "Klaus Hergesheimer, G Section" (whom he had met earlier) to explore the secret installation where the Kill Sat is being created. It works until the real Hergesheimer walks into the room that Bond has just exited.
- The Big Board: Willard Whyte has on his financial holdings across US, which provides the location of Blofeld's engame operation.
- Bigger Is Better in Bed: Bond is implied to be this, not surprisingly, when he strips down out of his tuxedo for Tiffany Case, who becomes progressively more aroused as she watches Bond (who she still thinks is Peter Franks at this point) relieve himself of his clothes for her - she even encourages him at one point to "keep going." Once Bond is standing completely naked in front of her a smiling Tiffany is so overwhelmed by the sight of his manhood that she affectionately compliments him by saying "I'm very impressed. There's a lot more to you than I had expected."
- Bluff the Impostor: Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd pretend to be room service and serve Bond and Tiffany diner. After they serve the drinks, Bond remarks he would have liked to drink a claret. Mr. Wint apologizes and says they ran out, then Bond points out the drink they served was a claret.
- Body Double: Blofeld has multiple copies; they all die painful deaths.
- Bodyguard Babes: Willard Whyte is guarded (from rescue or escape) by two beautiful and under-clad young women named Bambi and Thumper. Bond is forced to beat them.
- Bond One-Liner: The main quip-master is in fact not Bond, but Those Two Guys Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd:
- They drop a scorpion down someone's neck and explain his absence by saying he was "bitten by the bug."
- They dispatch a guy by blowing up a helicopter:Mr. Kidd: If God had wanted man to fly...
Mr. Wint: He would have given him wings, Mr. Kidd.
- Other henchmen try their hand, but they're not nearly as good, as shown when they kill Shady Tree:Bert Saxby: We didn't get the real diamonds, so we need Tree... alive!
Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd: That's most annoying...
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd have Bond unconscious and they simply dump him in an unfinished pipeline and leave, assuming he'll eventually die. Doubly stupid, as this is the second time the pair have been given an unconscious James Bond to dispose of; the first time they tried to burn him alive, and it didn't work then; Shady Tree and Morton Slumber get him out of the retort when Tree discovers that Peter Franks' remains had been stuffed with fake diamonds planted by Bond and the CIA before being transported to Slumber, Inc. to be burned, and Bond takes the opportunity to just waltz out of Slumber, Inc. when Tree tries to question him about the whereabouts of the real diamonds.
- Book Safe: Mrs. Whistler, the missionary teacher who's part of the diamond smuggling chain that Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd are killing off, hides the goods in a hollowed Bible.
- Borrowed Biometric Bypass: Played With: Bond is equipped with a thumbprint skin of Peter Franks; Tiffany tests the print in secret after lifting it from a drink tumbler. Good thing she tested the correct finger.
- Bring Him to Me: Bond arranges to be captured by Blofeld on his oil rig headquarters. Blofeld has him brought into his office and later the command center.
- Broad Strokes: The opening sequence. Was Bond hunting down Blofeld for escaping in You Only Live Twice, or for murdering Tracy in On Her Majesty's Secret Service? It's ambiguous enough for the audience to pick.
- ...But He Sounds Handsome: Bond, posing as smuggler Peter Franks, kills the real Franks and switches wallets with him. When Tiffany Case discovers he's "killed James Bond" he feigns surprise and comments "It just goes to show you, no-one's indestructible!"
- 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.
- Captured on Purpose: Bond arrives at Blofeld's oil rig base and allows himself to be captured. He plans to switch a standard cassette tape for the tape Blofeld uses to control the laser satellite. Due to Tiffany Case's interference his plan fails so he has to destroy the computer center by hitting with a minisub.
- 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.
- Cement Shoes: Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint kill Plenty O'Toole in a swimming pool; Fridge Horror suggests this is a particularly sadistic method, as the concrete block would inch down the slope of the pool as she struggled, slowly pulling her underwater.
- Ironically enough, this is almost exactly what happened to Lana Wood when it came time to film the scene, but attentive crew members jumped in and were able to help.
- Chair Reveal: After Bond enters Willard Whyte's penthouse apartment, Blofeld reveals himself by spinning his chair around.
- Chekhov's Gun: Tiffany Case's black wig.
- Chekhov's Skill: Early in the film, Bond once more demonstrates his extensive knowledge in wine. Near the end of the movie, this same knowledge saves him from an attempt on his life by Wint and Kidd.
- Clipboard of Authority: Bond grabs a clipboard and masquerades as "Klaus Hergesheimer, G Section" (whom he had met earlier) to explore the secret installation where the Kill Sat is being created.
- Clone by Conversion: Blofeld attempts this at the start. Bond subverts the trope by drowning the would-be clone in mud.
- Cloning Gambit: Bloefild pulls this trick on James Bond with variable success.
- Clutching Hand Trap: Played With. A mook, frisking James Bond, reaches inside his jacket to go for the gun...and receives a nasty surprise, courtesy Q-Branch.
- Co-Dragons: Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd, as well as Bert R. Saxby and Bambi and Thumper.
- Coffin Contraband:
- 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.
- James Bond impersonates a diamond smuggler he has killed and smuggles the diamonds inside the corpse inside a coffin.
- Collapsing Lair: Willard Whyte's oil rig, as a result of the helicopter attack.
- Continuity Nod: Bond's Roaring Rampage of Revenge at the start of the film seems to have been motivated by Blofeld killing Tracy at the end of the last movie.
- Convection Schmonvection: Wint and Kidd place Bond inside a coffin about to be cremated. It starts, but Shady Tree cancels the thing and opens the coffin nonchalantly... despite the fact that it had been inside a lit crematory and thus would be as scalding as a cake just out of the oven.
- Conveyor Belt o' Doom: Bond is knocked out, placed in a coffin, and conveyed into an incinerator at a Vegas-style funeral parlor.
- Cool Car: The 1971 red Ford Mustang Mach 1 that Bond drives during the Vegas chase. It may not have had ejector seats or go underwater, but it left the cops in the dust.
- Cool Guns: An Oerlikon 20mm cannon is used by SPECTRE agents during the oil rig battle.
- Creepy Crossdresser: Blofeld does this as a disguise to escape.
- Creepy Monotone: The guy counting down the satellite in the final scene.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: A fake Blofeld drowns in a pool of superheated mud.
- Curse Cut Short: Done to the sheriff who stops Bond in Las Vegas, only for Bond to back away to start a car chase between him and the local lawmen."Why, you dirty b—"
- Dead Person Impersonation: Bond is already impersonating smuggler, Peter Franks, but Franks escapes custody. In order to preserve his cover, Bond kills Franks and plants his own ID on him giving him cred as the guy who killed James Bond. Being a Bond film, it doesn't last as the Big Bad turns out to be Blofeld who knows who Bond is.
- Deadpan Snarker: The entire film is practically a war of snark between Bond and Blofeld.
- Depraved Homosexual: Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd, are heavily implied to be in a homosexual relationship.
- Diamonds in the Buff: The title/credits sequence. And of course, Plenty O'Toole, initially with clothes, and later without clothes (and then she loses the diamonds after losing her clothes).
- Digital Bikini: When ABC aired the film, they put black bra straps across Plenty's back in one scene, and colored her tan briefs to match.
- Disguised in Drag: Blofeld leaves his casino/hotel base disguised as an old lady.
- 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.".
- Tiffany herself falls victim to this when Bond - still posing as Peter Franks - decides to undress for her and she watches with obvious delight before breaking out into a dirty smile and saying "Peter, I'm very impressed. There's a lot more to you than I had expected."
- Disney Villain Death: Peter Franks falls to his doom after his brawl with Bond is out of the elevator.
- Disposable Sex Worker: Unlucky hooker Plenty O'Toole gets thrown out of Bond's Las Vegas hotel room window into the swimming pool several storeys below (Bond: "Good aim!" Mafia hood: "I didn't know there was a pool down there!"). Later she is found dead, tied to a concrete block, in the pool behind Tiffany Case's bungalow.
- The Dividual: Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd hang out together, they work together, they are always together.
- Double Entendre: Used by a Bond Girl for once, in the above-mentioned scene where she's 'impressed' by Bond, he's delivering exposition on the Evil Plan, and she's ostensibly commenting on this.
- Dragon Their Feet: Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd. For that matter, they and Blofeld are never onscreen at the same time, nor are they ever seen directly communicating with him.
- Dress Hits Floor: When Bond decides to strip Plenty O'Toole down to her bare essentials the camera pans down her shapely body as Bond unzips her purple satin dress and we watch the dress fall, first showing us her bare ankles before pulling back to reveal Plenty in all her glory, clad in nothing but her pink sheer panties, purple high heels and gold and diamond necklace.
- Dressing as the Enemy:
- In the opening segment Bond takes out one of Blofeld's doctors and steals his clothing so he can infiltrate an operation room.
- After infiltrating Willard Whyte's top secret facility, Bond acquires a white lab coat and pretends to be from G section (which checks radiation badges) so he can get into the satellite-creation section and find out what's going on there.
- 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".
- Elevator Action Sequence: Bond starts a fight with smuggler Peter Franks in an elevator and ends up killing him outside it. A damn small elevator might as well have been a phone booth.
- End of an Age:
- Due to endless litigation between the producers and Kevin McClory, this would be the last Eon Bond film where Blofeld and SPECTRE would appear as Big Bad and Nebulous Evil Organisation respectively until the 2015 movie Spectre.
- It was also this for classic Bond, since Sean Connery only agreed to one additional movie with UA boss David Picker, and, minus McClory's Never Say Never Again, refused to deal with any part of the franchise ever again note EON had to recast the role for the third time in a row, going with Roger Moore, who was considered originally.
- Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Including Kill Sats.
- Evil Plan: Blofeld's plan is to use stolen diamonds to build a Kill Sat and hold the world hostage.
- Expospeak Gag: Q demonstrated his slot machine tampering gizmo to Tiffany Case, that is until she got up and followed a lady holding a Persian cat.
- Fake-Out Make-Out: Bond does this with himself.
- Faking the Dead:
- 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.
- Famous Last Words:
- "Tonight!" A fake Blofeld.
- "Hold it! Keep your hands up!" A SPECTRE mook
- "Kill him!" A fake Blofeld
- "No, no, no. Open wide." Dr. Tynan, killed via Wint's scorpion.
- "Why didn't he come himself?" Joe the helicopter pilot, blown up by Wint's hidden bomb.
- "That's it for the lesson today, gentlemen." Mrs. Whistler, later drowned in a river by Wint and Kidd.
- "Critics and material I don't need! I haven't changed my act in forty years!" Shady Trees before getting killed by Wint & Kidd
- "Three, please." Peter Franks, before getting killed by Bond.
- "We appreciate your predicament, Mr. Bond." A fake Blofeld
- "May we begin?" Mr. Kidd, later set on fire by Bond.
- "Of course. Unfortunately, our cellar is rather poorly stocked with clarets." Mr. Wint, later thrown overboard by Bond with a bomb tied to him.
- Fiery Redhead: When Bond first meets Tiffany Case, she's outspoken, quite rude to him, and has a bit of a temper. She changed wigs (from blonde to brunette), then appeared as a redhead.James Bond: I don't care much for redheads. Terrible tempers. But somehow it seems to suit you.
Tiffany: It's my own.
- 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 slices into a henchman's fingers.
- Fixing the Game: Q has created a ring that allows him to win at slot machines; it contains a magnet that stabilizes the tumblers in such a way that every machine always brings out a jackpot. Since Q doesn't hand this device over to James, or even collect his winnings when he does this to various machines, he appears to have just created it for his own amusement.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Two of Blofeld's minions who are keeping Willard Whyte prisoner in his house are named Bambi and Thumper. They prove to be a little difficult for Bond to deal with.
- While Bond is in the Whyte House he sees a painting of the owner, Willard Whyte. Later he meets and rescues Willard Whyte and discovers he looks just like his picture.
- Plenty O'Toole is thrown out a window and ends up landing in a pool. Later she's killed by Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd, who tie her to a weight and throw her into a pool to drown.
- When Bond first meets Tiffany Case she's wearing a black wig. Later she sees black hair in a pool and thinks it's her wig: it's actually the hair of Plenty O'Toole. Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd thought Plenty was Tiffany wearing the wig.
- Four Is Death: When trying to kill James Bond at Slumber Inc., Albert Wint pushes the button labeled "4" on the incinerator control panel's Oven subpanel. Thanks to some well-placed forgeries, it doesn't work.
- Free Wheel: One of the more visible continuity goofs is the loose wheel from the moon buggy that bounces through the chase while the buggy continues on with all its wheels.
- Freestate Amsterdam: Surprisingly, considering the series' tendency to have 007 visit The Theme Park Version of any given country (see Octopussy), when he visits Holland, all he really indulges in is a rather vicious fight in a lift.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: During the hot coffin scene, you can see the burners in the retort appear to shut off for a split second before cutting back to inside the coffin in which James Bond is being cooked alive to a Wagnerian soundtrack. The payoff comes seconds later when light unexpectedly shines on Bond and the Wagnerian music suddenly and abruptly cuts out just before Shady Tree, who had gotten him out, yells at him for passing him fakes.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Blofeld's Kill Sat has a laser that could destroy a submarine deep underwater and a missile inside its silo.
- Gambler Groupies: A man is gambling at a Las Vegas casino with a beautiful woman named Plenty O'Toole at his side. Unfortunately he loses all his money, so she dumps him and latches on to James Bond.
- Gayngst: Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd, vicious killers who are never apart and hold hands while walking away from helicopter explosions. Once, Mr. Wint compliments one of their female targets, and gets a glare from Mr. Kidd before adding "...for a lady,". Mr. Kidd remains unimpressed.
- Gem-Encrusted: The Kill Sat itself.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
- Bond's line after he's held up at gunpoint in his hotel room with Plenty: "Well, I'm afraid you've caught me with more than my hands up."
- "Alimentary, dear Leiter."
- Blofeld's kitty coming from between a woman's legs in the credits.
- Wint and Kidd are the most flamboyantly gay yet still just subtle enough characters yet seen. Wint squeals in delight when Bond roughly pulls the hitman's arms between his legs and ties him to the bomb.
- Bond's response when Tiffany asks if he prefers blonds or brunettes after she changes wigs.Bond: Well, as long as the collar and cuffs match.Tiffany: We'll talk about that later.
- A Glass of Chianti: 007 defeats Wint and Kidd using his knowledge of fine wines. Earlier in the film, he identifies the vintage of a sherry by taste. When sarcastically told sherry doesn't have vintages, he states that he meant the wine the sherry was made from, possibly setting up Bond's superior knowledge of wine for later.
- Go-Go Enslavement: Blofeld abducts Tiffany Case, and the next time we see her, she's sunbathing in a purple bikini on Blofeld's oil rig.
- Good Is Dumb: Tiffany Case after her High-HeelFace Turn.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Blofeld uses a cigarette holder; he must be evil.
- 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 organization.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: Bond uses an almost plausible gun that fires pitons. How it's able to pierce the building when it travels as relatively slow as it does and support Bond's weight is anybody's guess.
- Groin Attack
- Thumper knees Bond in the groin off camera. Made clearer in a alternative cut recently revealed on the revamped Ultimate Edition of the film.
- Bond squeezes Wint's groin while tying his hands and the bomb together with his coattails, causing Wint to squeal with delight before he has a chance to realize that he's screwed.
- He Knows Too Much: Inverted concerning the diamond smuggling ring. When one of your own passes you fake diamonds, he knows too much about the circumstances to die. This is demonstrated when Shady Tree rescues James Bond (who had assumed the identity of Peter Franks, a fellow diamond smuggler who Bond had killed) from a retort to question him about where he hid the real diamonds, only for Bond to use leverage against him to the tune of $50,000 ("You bring me the real money, and I'll bring you the real diamonds."), and then Zig Zagged when Albert R. Saxby reminds Wint and Kidd that they "didn't get the real diamonds. So we need Tree, alive." Wint and Kidd remark on how "that's most annoying" because they had already cut Tree down, as revealed when Bond shows up in his dressing room.
- HeelFace Turn: Tiffany Case was a diamond smuggler and (although unknown to her) part of Blofeld's diamond-smuggling ring, but later helps Bond in taking him down.
- "Hey, You!" Haymaker: In the opening scene, a Cairo gambler tells the dealer, "Hit me." Bond taps him on the shoulder, then obliges.
- High-HeelFace Turn: Diamond smuggler Tiffany Case after she falls in love with Bond. It's the only thing that keeps her alive and out of prison.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Bonus points when Bond hoists Mr. Wint with his own petard by sticking it onto him and throwing him into the drink. He's blown sky-high before he hits the water. His boyfriend and partner-in-crime Mr. Kidd is the victim of a two-fer not only was he burned alive when Tiffany Case splashed him with a claret as he approached Bond with flaming shish-kabobs, earlier in the film he had himself tried to burn Bond alive (with the assistance of Mr. Wint).
- Hollywood Darkness: Bond finds himself in a closed coffin in one scene, and in an underground pipeline in another the light is good enough for reading in both places.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Blofeld's Mad Scientist, Professor Dr. Metz, rather stupidly believes that SPECTRE is dedicated to nuclear disarmament despite previous films showing them as a terrorism-for-profit group.
- "How Did You Know?" "I Didn't.": A Mafia mook throws Plenty O'Toole, one of the Bond girls, off of a high floor, and she lands unharmed in a swimming pool below. When Bond compliments him on his aim, the mook replies, "I didn't know there was a pool down there."
- Ignorance Is Bliss: Blofeld kidnaps Willard Whyte and uses his industrial empire to build and launch a Kill Sat. Only one other person in Whyte's organization knows what's going on: the rest are kept ignorant.
- Ignore The Fanservice: Blofeld orders Tiffany Case to put something on over her bikini so his henchmen won't get distracted.
- 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.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: The thug who throws the basically naked Plenty O'Toole out a hotel window."I didn't know there was a pool down there."
- Improvised Weapon: During the elevator brawl, Peter Franks tries kill Bond with a broken glass shard. After losing it, Franks picks up a crowbar, which then countered by Bond with a fire extinguisher.
- In Name Only: Bond films have never been known for strict fidelity to the source material, but this movie takes it to a new level. Whatever changes the last six movies made to the corresponding books, they at least kept the names and general gimmicks of the Big Bads. This one swaps out the novel's Spang brothers with Blofeld, who hadn't even been created when the former was published, and pretty much rewrites the entire plot to revolve around a Kill Sat.
- Island Base: Blofeld holds headquarters on an oil rig, technically an island.
- Instant Sedation: Bond and the Knockout Gas in Willard Whyte's elevator.
- Interrupted Intimacy: Plenty O'Toole comes this close to having a night of passion with Bond, but after Bond strips her down to her bare essentials she gets thrown out the window in nothing more than her underwear and her high heels.
- Ironic Echo: After Shady Tree gets James Bond out of the retort to question him about the fake diamonds that he and Felix Leiter had loaded into Peter Franks' body, Bond proceeds to leave the funeral parlor as he tells him and Morton Slumber, "My condolences, gentlemen!" All the ingredients of a Bond One-Liner except a fatality are present in those three words.
- Just Between You and Me: Both Subverted and played straight:
- You think Blofeld is going to explain his plan, but...Bond: What do you intend to do with those diamonds?
Blofeld: An excellent question. And one which will be hanging on the lips of the world quite soon. If I were to break the news to anyone, it would be to you first. You know that. But it's late, I'm tired, and there's so much left to do. Good night, Mr. Bond.
- Later on, when Bond arrives at the oil rig base, Blofeld gives him the grand tour and explains his plans fully. Justified since the plan is to hold the world hostage with a Kill Sat for money—and he's already made his demands and threat known, and is only telling Bond what targets he might choose. Bond has already figured out how to stop it as well.
- You think Blofeld is going to explain his plan, but...
- Kaleidoscope Hair: When Bond first meets Tiffany at her apartment, he's perplexed to see her change from a blonde to a brunette to a redhead in quick order.
- Karma Houdini: Mr. Slumber, possibly, though it is feasible Blofeld had him killed offscreen just like all the other "links" in the pipeline.
- Kill It with Fire: The final fate of Mr. Kidd (well, he probably drowned, but only because he was trying to put the fire out).
- Kill Sat: Willard Whyte supposedly put a satellite into orbit as part of his Aerospace operations, only to discover it was actually Blofeld, impersonating Whyte, who went on to use the satellite's ability to focus the sun's light into a coherent beam and thus fire a laser anywhere on earth to attack important locations such as nuclear missile launch facilities or nuclear submarines.
- The Killer Becomes the Killed: Bond tries to dispose of Peter Franks. Bond kills him in a fight that mostly takes place inside an elevator, puts the diamonds in his body, and takes him to Slumber, Inc. in Los Angeles to be burned.
- Knockout Gas: While James Bond is in Willard Whyte's elevator, Blofeld renders him unconscious with knockout gas.
- Large Ham: Charles Gray as Blofeld is a smarmy, snarky, campy ham par excellence.
- Law of Inverse Recoil: Tiffany Case, when prompted by Bond to fire a machine gun at the Baja California oil rig.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Bond's meeting with M seems to comment on Sean Connery's real-life absence between You Only Live Twice and this film.M: You've been on holiday, I understand. Relaxing, I hope.Bond: Hardly relaxing but... most satisfying.
- Lemming Cops: The Vegas cops not only crash into parked cars, walls, and each other as they pursue Bond, but they try to copy his Ramp Jump and Car Skiing with disastrous results.
- Man on Fire: Bond sets Mr. Kidd ablaze by dousing him with high-proof liquor as he carries flaming shishkebabs as a weapon.
- Masquerading As the Unseen: Willard Whyte is infamously reclusive, which makes it easy for Blofeld to abduct him and take control of his business empire in his latest plot.
- Meaningful Name: Plenty O'Toole, Bambi, and Thumper.
- Me's a Crowd: Blofeld's army of doubles is a non sci-fi example.
- Milkman Conspiracy: Inverted. Willard Whyte's enterprises have been hijacked by Blofeld to engage in diamond smuggling and terrorism... all controlled from a hotel in Vegas.
- Mineral MacGuffin: The diamonds Blofeld needs for his Kill Sat's Frickin' Laser Beams.
- Minion Shipping: Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd. Possibly Bambi and Thumper also, given their indifference to Bond's charms.
- Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: Diamond smuggling -> Hold the world for ransom.
- Mistaken for Afterlife: Played for Laughs. Bond is knocked out and put into an incinerator in a coffin - when things are looking desperate the lid suddenly opens and Shady Tree, one of the diamond smuggling group, angrily curses him out. Bond smiles "Now, don't tell me - you're Saint Peter."
- Mister X and Mister Y: Wint and Kidd always call each other Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd.
- Modesty Towel: A deleted scene had a soaking wet Plenty O'Toole returning to Bond wearing nothing but a white towel to protect her modesty.
- Money Song: Diamonds are forever/They are all I need to please me/They can stimulate and tease me...
- Moon-Landing Hoax: There is a brief unexplained scene during one of Bond's excursions into a (terrestrial) base where he stumbles onto a soundstage where a moon landing is being filmed. As the sequence goes by without any elaboration or plot-relevance, it's never really made clear why this is being done, though there are no-doubt sinister motives. It's the potential Ur-Example of the trope (America was still launching moon landings in real life when the movie was released), and in some circles the scene is considered to be the primary popular inspiration for the conspiracy theory.
- During the Apollo era, NASA contractors had mockups of space hardware at their factories for purposes of testing of equipment and procedures and for training of astronauts. U.S. TV networks regularly featured these activities in their coverage of the program.
- Mouse Trap: In the pre-titles set-piece, James Bond has what appears to be a razor-sharp mouse-trap inside his jacket pocket.
- Mr. Smith: James Bond checks into a hotel as Mr Jones. Then again given that he was played by Sean Connery, maybe he was referring to another Jones.
- Ms. Fanservice: Tiffany Case and Plenty O'Toole. Justified since it is a James Bond movie.
- Mugged for Disguise: During the opening sequence several doctors leave a building and another doctor enters. We then see a man lying behind some bushes wearing underclothes. After the other doctor gets inside he pulls off his mask and cap to reveal himself as Bond. Bond took out the doctor and stole his medical clothing so he could investigate inside.
- Murder by Cremation: Wint and Kidd attempt to do this to James Bond. It's one of the few Death Traps that he has to be rescued from.
- Murderous Thighs: Whyte's bodyguard Bambi subjects Bond to hers.
- Naked Freak-Out: When an almost completely naked Plenty O'Toole is being given an unfriendly escort out, her screaming objection does not go unnoticed.
- 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.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:Tiffany: I did it, I switched the tape in the machine.Bond: You stupid twit, you put the real one back in!
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Shady Tree discovers just in time that the diamonds were fake and gets James Bond out of the retort Wint and Kidd had put him in. Bond takes the opportunity to casually stroll out of Slumber, Inc. during the inevitable questioning and later figures out that someone's bumping off the diamond smugglers when Tree gets shot later on.Shady Tree: [after the casket is out of the retort] You dirty double-crossing limey fink, those goddamn diamonds are phonies!
James Bond: Now don't tell me... you're St. Peter?
Shady Tree: Paste! Glass! Where's the real stuff, Franks?
James Bond: Where's the real money?
Morton Slumber: What do you mean?
James Bond: You wouldn't burn up 50,000 real dollars, now, would you?
Shady Tree: One last break, Franks. Where are the real diamonds?
James Bond: You get me the real money... [climbs out of the casket] and I'll bring you the real diamonds.
Shady Tree: Where the hell do you think you're going?
James Bond: I hear that the Hotel Tropicana's quite comfortable. My condolences, gentlemen!
[Morton Slumber slams the now-empty casket shut as James Bond leaves]
- 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.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: The "pervert's convention" of thugs who throw Plenty out the window are completely oblivious to the fact that she's a beautiful, shapely woman wearing nothing but flimsy see through pink panties and high heels.
- 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.
- Oh, Crap!: This is the look on Bond's face when, after being knocked out by Wint and Kidd, he wakes up to the sound of burners in a retort firing up and the sight of a casket lid directly over him. Cue the flames pouncing on said casket and Bond starting to push on the lid to no avail, wondering how he's going to get out of this one. Fortunately for him, he already has: he had passed counterfeit diamonds on to Shady Tree, and he figures out (and points out after Shady rescues him from a fiery end) that Shady had passed him $50,000 in funny money. Shady doesn't realize he himself had been double-crossed until he opens the urn and finds PASTE! GLASS!
- Only a Model: Willard Whyte has Eureka Moment where Blofeld's base is when Bond points out a model of an offshore oil rig that isn't part of Whyte's business empire.Whyte: Baja? I don't have anything in Baja!
- Out-Gambitted: Shady Tree gets James Bond out of the retort with the intent to question him about where he hid the real diamonds. Neither he nor Morton Slumber counted on Bond having leverage against them to the tune of 50 grand (courtesy of Tiffany Case):James Bond: You wouldn't burn up 50,000 real dollars, would you? [...] You bring me the real money, and I'll bring you the real diamonds.
- Pet the Dog: Played With. After Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd kill Mrs. Whistler and dump her into the canal, Mr. Kidd takes some pictures out of rather morbid respect (she had wanted pictures of the canal for her students). Mr. Wint comments on it.Mr. Wint: How kind of you, Mr. Kidd. The children will be so thrilled.
- Pink Means Feminine: Plenty O'Toole wears bright pink panties with light blue/purple lace when stripped of her purple dress
- Poor Communication Kills: "Your problems are all behind you now...".
- Post-Climax Confrontation: After defeating Blofeld's schemes, My Wint and Mr Kidd turn up for a "Bombe Surprise".
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Between the last movie and this one, Blofeld somehow usurped Willard Whyte's vast empire, and suddenly...
- Precision F-Strike: "You dirty double-crossing limey fink, those Goddamn diamonds are phonies!"
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Mister Wint and Mister Kidd come up with a few during their repeated attempts to kill James Bond.
Albert Wint: Very... moving.
- The first time, when they try to burn him alive:
Charles Kidd: Heartwarming, Mr. Wint.
[Wint and Kidd begin to leave Slumber, Inc. as the casket in which they had sealed James Bond inches closer to the retort]
Albert Wint: A glowing tribute, Mr. Kidd.
Albert Wint: If at first you don't succeed, Mr. Kidd...
- Coming across Bond a second time, after he had been gassed inside of an elevator:
Charles Kidd: Try, try again, Mr. Wint.
[they remove his unconscious corpus from the elevator and load him into a trunk before taking off to leave him for dead in an unfinished pipeline]
Shady Tree: Critics and material I don't need, I haven't changed my act in 40 years!
- For their third and final attempt, there is of course the unforgettable Bombe Surprise.
- They also get one on Shady Tree, who they off more successfully.
Charles Kidd: [shows Tree a water gun flower] Ah, but this one's surefire.
Shady Tree: That's the oldest Godda—
Albert Wint: And this one... will kill you. [fires a "Bang!" Flag Gun at Tree]
Shady Tree: [oblivious to their true intentions] Come on fellas, the popping gun and the squirting flower routine? You gotta be kidding me...
[BANG! Mr. Wint fires a real bullet into Tree's brain, cutting him down almost instantly. Mr. Kidd proceeds to clean up the mess with the flower]
- Pretty in Mink: Tiffany is covered by a white fox throw in one scene.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Played Straight. Dr. Metz, the world's leading expert on light refraction, is working for Blofeld, but he doesn't share Blofeld's goal of holding the world for ransom using a Kill Sat.
- Metz is actually a Well-Intentioned Extremist who wants to rid the world of nuclear weapons. He was stupid enough to believe Blofeld shared his goals.
- Punk in the Trunk: After being gassed unconscious, Bond is put into the trunk of a car by Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd and taken to a construction site to be disposed of.
- Punny Name: Tiffany Case.
- Ramprovisation: While in a chase with police cars in a parking lot, Bond uses an overturned car as an Improvised Ramp to jump his car to safety.
- Ready for Lovemaking: Played With. Bond comes up to his room with Plenty O'Toole, strips her down to her very bare essentials, she excuses herself to "freshen up" but a band of mooks restrain him and drop her out the window. She lands in the hotel pool wearing nothing but her panties and her high heels. A mook later remarks that he didn't know there was a pool. And then he goes into the bedroom to find Tiffany Case scantily clad in the bed.
- Recycled Soundtrack: Several cues from You Only Live Twice get re-used in this film.
- Red Alert: At the U.S. missile base just before Blofeld's Kill Sat attacks.
- Red Right Hand: Looks like Blofeld's cat(s) has (have) heterochromia i.e. eyes of two different colors.
- Redemption Demotion: In the first half of the film, Tiffany is shown to be a seasoned pro, good at her criminal work, with enough authority to even have her own henchmen. Late in the film, she successfully (and cleverly) eludes a crowded auditorium loaded with CIA agents ready to arrest her. After she turns good, her brains go south, particularly over a mix-up with cassette tapes. This prompts both Bond and Blofeld to make snide remarks about what an "idiot" she is.
- Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Plenty O'Toole becomes this after losing her clothes and being caught by the "perverts convention".
- Reluctant Mad Scientist: Professor Dr. Metz, a "committed pacifist" who lends his expertise to Blofeld to create an orbiting death ray which will ensure world peace...right?
- Revealing Cover Up: Bond figures out that diamond smugglers are being bumped off following a failed attempt to burn him alive and the fatal shooting of Shady Tree. After Plenty O'Toole is defenestrated into a swimming pool and soon found dead by Bond and Tiffany Case, he figures out that the operator of the smuggling ring is trying to cover up a terrorist plot.
- Right-Hand Cat: Belonging to Blofeld.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Bond goes on this at the start of the film presumably to avenge his wife. In this version however, MI-6 apparently was willing to indulge Bond's vendetta considering Blofeld is an extremely dangerous international terrorist who had threatened the entire world multiple times.
- Role Reprisal: Sean Connery was offered a really hefty sum by the producers to come back in the role after the fiasco that was George Lazenby's departure after only one film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Then he left the series once and for all (he reprised the role once again in 1983, but not in the series).
- Room Disservice: Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd attempt to deliver some to James Bond on a cruise liner.
- Same Language Dub: Lana Wood's Plenty O'Toole was dubbed.
- Scary Scorpions: Dr. Tynan is assassinated with a scorpion.
- SexFace Turn: Tiffany Case, with James Bond.
- Sexophone: Heard when James Bond arrives in Las Vegas.
- 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.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl:
- Plenty O'Toole starts out being one of these, but once she loses her clothes and is caught by thugs she very quickly becomes a Reluctant Fanservice Girl.
- Tiffany Case lampshades this in her first scene, saying she doesn't bother to dress for the hired help.
- Shoot Out the Lock: A padlock on the door to Willard Whyte's room is shot off to free him.
- Simple Score of Sadness: Used whenever we see Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd.
- Sissy Villain:
- Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd
- Blofeld got quite the upgrade in fabulousness, as well. He even got to dabble in Creepy Crossdressing.
- Slip into Something More Comfortable: Tiffany Case says this when James Bond first meets her (under an alias).
- Soft Water: An almost naked Plenty O'Toole gets thrown out of Bond's very high up hotel room but survives by landing in the pool.
- Spy Speak: A straight example when Tiffany Case arrives at the circus to pick up the diamonds, the CIA agent alerts everyone:Agent: This is Quarterback. Operation Passover, commence. Quarterback to Tight End. Operation Passover, commence.
- Stab the Salad: While pretending to be a waiter, Mr. Wint raises an icepick-like device high in the air next to James Bond. He then strikes down but not to stab Bond: he drives it into the cork of a wine bottle, then uses it to extract the cork.
- Stealth Pun: Mr. Kidd's death: since he's burned to death by shish kebab flambés, he qualifies as a...(wait for it!)..."flaming homosexual."
- Storming the Castle: Armed helicopters vs. a heavily armed oil platform.
- 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.
- Surgical Impersonation: Blofeld has two mooks undergo plastic surgery to make them look like him in order to distract James Bond.
- Swiss Cheese Security: Around Willard Whyte's laboratory where the Kill Sat was constructed.
- Take That!: Guy Hamilton didn't like big American cars and took particular delight in trashing them in the film's numerous car chase scenes.
- Tap on the Head: Bond is knocked out after placing the diamonds in a compartment.
- 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. Plus Bond was being held captive there.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd. They have a habit of dispatching everyone else in the diamond smuggling ring and try to off James Bond three times: once by leaving him to meet a fiery end in an incinerator, again by leaving him to rot in a pipeline, and the third and final time by appearing to him in person disguised as the cruise ship's kitchen crew.
- Time Bomb: Used twice by Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd - first to destroy the diamond-smuggling helicopter, and at the end in an attempt to kill Bond and Tiffany Case.
- Toplessness from the Back: Tiffany Case's first appearance. Plenty O'Toole gets this herself once shes loses her dress courtesy of Bond.
- Trap Door: Subverted when Bond suspects one of these in an elevator, only to be gassed instead.
- Treasure Chest Cavity: Bond uses the dead body of diamond smuggler Peter Franks to smuggle diamonds through customs.
- Two Rights Make a Wrong: Bond and Tiffany both have the idea of swapping the control tape for Blofeld's Kill Sat with a fake. Result: the real tape gets swapped right back into the machine.
- Unconventional Vehicle Chase: In order to escape Willard Whyte's facility near Las Vegas, Bond steals a prototype moon buggy and zooms off across the desert. He's followed by guards in cars and on motorized trikes.
- Unwanted Assistance: Case accidentally puts the real tape in the machine (after Bond had switched it out for the fake), and is caught trying to switch it back.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Blofeld claims that his purpose is complete nuclear disarmament (and thus the end of the Cold War). He does this through threatening to use a Kill Sat. What he plans to do AFTER disarmament is a question he never addresses, however...
- Vapor Wear: Plenty O'Toole didn't wear a bra 'til some Moral Guardians made them paint one on.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: Notably averted when Tiffany Case tries to conceal a data cassette in her bikini bottom. Needless to say it's glaringly obvious there, especially since Blofeld forced her to wear the bikini specifically to prevent her from concealing anything. Well, that's the reason he gives, anyway.
- Villainous Rescue: Bond is only saved from being cremated because Shady Tree asks to take him out, as the diamonds were fake.
- Visual Pun:
- 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.
- Waking Up Elsewhere:
- After receiving a Tap on the Head, James Bond wakes up inside a coffin, just in time to foil Murder by Cremation.
- After being rendered unconscious by sleep gas, he wakes up in an underground pipe and must face an electrified tunnel integrity checker.
- Water Torture: After Bambi and Thumper throw Bond into a pool and dive in after him, he turns the tables on them and holds their heads underwater until Thumper shows him where Willard Whyte is being held.
- Welcome to Hell: Bond to Blofeld after he apparently kills him. Yeah, not really.
- "What Now?" Ending: "James, how the hell do we get those diamonds down again?"
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Blofeld sure looks like a kindly old lady in that getup...
- Wicked Cultured: Blofeld loves his smokes and quips.
- 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.
- Would Hit a Girl: Bond; or at least choke one, as he demonstrates during his search for Blofeld's whereabouts during pre-credits sequence. He also slaps Tiffany once to get answers out of her.
- Wrong Genre Savvy:
Blofeld: Right idea, Mister Bond.Bond: But the wrong pussy.
- Bond meets Blofeld and a decoy. Not knowing which is which, he scares the cat and kills the one the cat runs into. It turns out the cat was a decoy too.
- Bond suspects an elevator he was forced into to have a trapdoor, so he backs right up against the wall. Unfortunately he's gassed instead.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After Blofeld gets enough diamonds to create his Laser Kill Sat, he sends his assassins Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd to execute the members of his diamond smuggling ring.