‘Diamonds Are Forever’ trivia: 10 surprising facts

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The seventh movie in the 007 franchise saw Sean Connery tempted back to the role of MI6 agent James Bond for a sixth and final (official) time.

Based on Ian Fleming’s 1956 novel of the same name, 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever followed George Lazenby’s underrated On Her Majesty’s Secret Service with a bonkers tale of arch nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld using diamonds to build a giant laser in space, with action sequences involving an oil rig, casinos, a Las Vegas car park and a moon buggy.

Here are 10 surprising pieces of trivia about the movie…


– Sammy Davis Jr. filmed a cameo appearance, but it was cut.

– The original storyline had Goldfinger actor Gert Fröbe returning as Auric Goldfinger’s twin, seeking revenge for his brother’s death.

– Charles Gray, who plays Blofeld in the movie, previously played Bond’s short-lived ally Henderson in You Only Live Twice.

– Despite the bulk of Diamonds are Forever being set Las Vegas, the name ‘Las Vegas’ is never spoken during the movie – even in the casino scenes! Check out the best casino bonuses here.

– The bubbling mud pool in the pre-titles sequence was actually made from Smash instant mash potato with food coloring.

– Raquel Welch, Jane Fonda and Faye Dunaway were considered for the role of Tiffany Case during the casting process.

Diamonds are Forever was the last James Bond movie to officially use the character of Ernst Stavro Blofeld until Spectre was released in 2015.

– Joe Robinson, who plays Peter Franks, accidentally pulled off Sean Connery’s hairpiece while filming the elevator fight scene.

– After George Lazenby declined to return, early choices to replace him included two Americans – Adam West and John Gavin – and Harry Potter actor Michael Gambon, who declined the role because he was ‘in terrible shape.’

– Miss Moneypenny appears in police uniform because Lois Maxwell needed a hat to cover her dyed hair.


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