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Encyclopedia > Diamonds Are Forever
A 2002 Penguin Books paperback edition
A 2002 Penguin Books paperback edition

Diamonds Are Forever, published in 1956, is the fourth James Bond novel written by Ian Fleming. It is also the seventh film in the EON Productions film franchise, produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman. It was released in 1971. Download high resolution version (423x648, 33 KB)A 2002 Penguin Books paperback edition This image is a book cover. ... Download high resolution version (423x648, 33 KB)A 2002 Penguin Books paperback edition This image is a book cover. ... Penguin Books is a British publisher founded in 1935 by Allen Lane. ... See also: 1955 in literature, other events of 1956, 1957 in literature, list of years in literature. ... The James Bond 007 gun logo James Bond, also known as 007 (pronounced double-oh seven), is a fictional British spy created by writer Ian Fleming in 1953. ... Ian Fleming Commander Ian Lancaster Fleming, RNVR (May 28, 1908 – August 12, 1964) was an English author and journalist, best remembered for writing the James Bond series of novels as well as the childrens story, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. ... EON Productions is a film production company known for producing the James Bond film series. ... Albert Romolo Broccoli (April 5, 1909–June 27, 1996) known to millions of movie fans as Cubby Broccoli (a nickname used by a cousin), produced more than forty movies, but will be remembered by most for his contribution to one of the most successful film franchises in history, James Bond. ... Harry Saltzman (October 27, 1915 - September 28, 1994) was a film producer best known for co-producing the James Bond film series with Albert R. Broccoli until selling his share of the franchise to United Artists in 1975. ... See also: 1970 in film 1971 1972 in film 1970s in film years in film film // Events February 8 - Bob Dylans hour long documentary film, Eat the Document, premieres at New Yorks Academy of Music. ...


Diamonds Are Forever marks the sixth and final official film appearance of Sean Connery as British Secret Service Agent, Commander James Bond. Connery would later portray Bond again in the unofficial Bond film Never Say Never Again in 1983 and lend his voice for Bond in the 2005 video game adaptation of From Russia with Love. Sean Connery as he appears in the James Bond films. ... Never Say Never Again is an unofficial James Bond film and remake of the 1965 film Thunderball. ... // Events February 11 - The Rolling Stones concert film Lets Spend the Night Together opens in New York Top grossing films North America Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Tootsie Trading Places, starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy WarGames, starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy Superman III Flashdance... 2005 2005 in games 2004 in video gaming 2006 in video gaming Notable events of 2005 in video gaming. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... From Russia with Love is a video game featuring Ian Flemings secret agent, James Bond developed by Electronic Arts and released on November 1, 2005 in North America. ...

Contents


The novel

1964 Pan Books printing.
1964 Pan Books printing.

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Plot summary

The novel takes place just over two months from the end of Moonraker, which ended with James Bond taking a small vacation. When Diamonds Are Forever begins, M instructs Bond to infiltrate a smuggling ring, which is running diamonds from African mines to the United States. Bond's job is to travel down the "pipeline" as far as he can and find out who is behind it all. Under the name of Peter Franks, a petty crook already known as a diamond smuggler, he meets a mysterious "go-between" named Tiffany Case with whom he falls in love. Bond discovers that the smuggling ring is operated by a ruthless American gang called "The Spangled Mob", which is run by the brothers Jack Spang and Seraffimo Spang. Also part of the Spangled Mob are Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd who along with Tiffany Case and certain parts of how the smuggling pipeline works are the only things retained for the film. A 2002 Penguin Books paperback edition Moonraker is the third James Bond novel written by Ian Fleming. ... M is the title and code letter for James Bonds boss and fictional head of the British Secret Intelligence Service or MI6. ... A satellite composite image of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second-most populous continent, after Asia. ... Mr. ...


As Bond learns throughout the novel, the pipeline begins in Africa where a dentist would pay miners to smuggle diamonds in their mouth which the dentist would extract during a routine appointment. From there the dentist would take the diamonds and rendezvous with Rufus B. Saye who would transport the diamonds to London via helicopter. In London, Tiffany Case would get an assignment from a contact only known as ABC, she would then meet with "the hire" (in this case, Bond) and explain to that person how to smuggle the diamonds to New York City. The pipeline ends in Las Vegas where Seraffimo Spang owns the Tiara hotel and a ghost town that headquarters the Spangled Mob, named "Spectreville" (Spectreville actually has no connection whatsoever to Bond's nemesis S.P.E.C.T.R.E., which appears later in Thunderball and is established at the start of the James Bond film series in Dr. No). Nickname: The Big Apple Official website: City of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area Total 468. ... Nickname: The Entertainment Capital of the World Official website: http://www. ... S.P.E.C.T.R.E.s leader, Ernst Stavro Blofeld The SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion (S.P.E.C.T.R.E.) is a fictional terrorist organization led by Ernst Stavro Blofeld. ... 2003 Penguin Books paperback edition There is also a game in the UK National Lottery called Thunderball Thunderball is the ninth novel in Ian Flemings James Bond series. ... 2002 reissue of the original novel. ...


Felix Leiter plays a major part in the story, assisting Bond with inside information on crooked horse racing. They find that they are both investigating the same people. Leiter has left the CIA due to injuries sustained in Live and Let Die and is working for Pinkerton's as a private detective. Bond is captured by the Mob and tortured, but escapes with the assistance of Tiffany Case. The diamond pipeline is destroyed.
Felix Leiter is a fictional character created by Ian Fleming in the James Bond series of novels and films. ... 2002 Penguin Books paperback edition Live and Let Die is the second James Bond novel by Ian Fleming, first published in 1954. ... Pinkerton guards escort strikebreakers in Buchtel, Ohio, 1884 The Pinkerton National Detective Agency was a security guard agency established in the United States in 1850 by Allan Pinkerton who became famous when he foiled a plot to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. ...

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Ian Fleming Glidrose Productions (UK) 1956 | (U.S.) 1956 (UK) 1958 | (U.S.) 1957
Preceded by: Moonraker
Followed by: From Russia with Love

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Comic strip adaptation

Main article: James Bond comic strips

Fleming's original novel was adapted as a daily comic strip which was published in the British Daily Express newspaper and syndicated around the world. The adaptation ran from August 10, 1959 to January 30, 1960. The adaptation was written by Henry Gammidge and illustrated by John McLusky. The James Bond 007 Fan Club published a reprint of the strip in 1981. Diamonds Are Forever was published again in 2005 as part of the Dr. No anthology by Titan Books. Starting in 1958 and continuing to 1983, James Bond, the fictional character created by author Ian Fleming appeared in 52 comic strips that were syndicated in British newspapers, 7 of which were initially published abroad. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... The Daily Express is a conservative, middle-market British tabloid newspaper. ... August 10 is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 30 is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... John McLusky, born the son of creole lesbians, lived a life of prostitution and debauchery. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2002 reissue of the original novel. ... Titan Books is a UK publisher of graphic novels. ...


Related works

Diamond smuggling was a topic of great interest to author Ian Fleming. In 1957 Fleming wrote a non-fiction book on the subject, titled The Diamond Smugglers which was published in the same format as his Bond novels and, as a result, is often erroneously listed as Bond book. Additionally, author Geoffrey Jenkins claims that he had collaborated with Fleming on the plot of a novel featuring James Bond and dealing with diamond smuggling, titled Per Fine Ounce. This book is claimed by numerous sources including The Bond Files by Andy Lane and Paul Simpson as being commissioned by Glidrose Productions. The book completed circa 1966 was never published. 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Non-fiction is an account or representation of a subject which is presented as fact. ... 1964 Pan Books edition. ... Geoffrey Jenkins (1920-2001) was a South African novelist born in Port Elizabeth where he wrote his first novel by the age of seventeen. ... Per Fine Ounce is the title of an unpublished novel by Geoffrey Jenkins featuring Ian Flemings superspy James Bond. ... Andy Lane is a British writer. ... Paul Simpson is a musician, vocalist, lyricist and writer from Liverpool, England. ... Ian Fleming Publications is the production company formerly known as both Glidrose Productions Limited and Glidrose Publications Limited, named after its founders John Gliddon and Norman Rose. ...


The film

Diamonds Are Forever

Diamonds Are Forever movie poster
James Bond Sean Connery
Directed by Guy Hamilton
Written by Ian Fleming
Screenplay Richard Maibaum,
Tom Mankiewicz
Music by John Barry
Main theme  
Composer John Barry
Don Black
Performer Shirley Bassey
Distributed by United Artists
Released 1971
Running time 125 min.
Budget $7,200,000
Worldwide gross $116,000,000
Admissions (world) 70.3 million
Preceded by On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Followed by Live and Let Die
IMDb profile

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Plot summary

Relatively little of the original novel survives the adaptation to film, though many characters from the original book, plus the idea of Tiffany being a diamond smuggler, are retained, so it isn't a complete "rewrite."


The movie begins with Bond's worldwide pursuit of the head of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., Ernst Stavro Blofeld in revenge for the murder of his wife, Tracy Bond with the implied permission of MI6, at the end of the previous adventure, On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Cornering Blofeld in an underground lab where the villain is in the process of creating duplicates of himself (via a form of plastic surgery), Bond throws Blofeld into a vat of superheated mud. "Welcome to Hell, Blofeld," he quips. S.P.E.C.T.R.E.s leader, Ernst Stavro Blofeld The SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion (S.P.E.C.T.R.E.) is a fictional terrorist organization led by Ernst Stavro Blofeld. ... Ernst Stavro Blofeld is a fictional character in the James Bond universe. ... Tracy Bond is a fictional character in the James Bond film and novel On Her Majestys Secret Service. ... The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), more commonly known as MI6 (originally Military Intelligence Section 6), or the Secret Service, is the United Kingdom external security agency. ... 2003 Penguin Books paperback edition On Her Majestys Secret Service is the eleventh James Bond novel by Ian Fleming, published in 1963. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Cosmesis. ...


Meanwhile, huge quantities of South African diamonds are being stolen but have not been sold on the market. Suspecting that the stones are being stockpiled to depress prices, the Government orders Bond to assume the identity of a professional diamond smuggler called Peter Franks to infiltrate the smuggling operation and find out who the stockpilers are.


With the help of fellow smuggler Tiffany Case, and amidst the bright lights of Las Vegas, he uncovers a plot by Blofeld (who didn't die in the cave; Bond had killed another duplicate instead) to create a laser satellite capable of destroying any target on Earth. He uses this weapon to selectively destroy nuclear installations in America, Russia, and China, setting up an international auction, with nuclear supremacy going to the highest bidder. This article is about the city of Las Vegas in Nevada. ... Motto: E pluribus unum (1789 to 1956) (Latin: Out of Many, One) In God We Trust (1956 to present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at federal level; English de facto Government • President • Vice President Federal republic George...


A notable part of the plot of the movie involves Blofeld's use of the industrial properties of a recluse Nevada multimillionaire (played by Jimmy Dean) by the name of Willard Whyte, the character being a thinly veiled version of Howard Hughes. Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean (born on August 10, 1928 in Plainview, Texas) is an American singer, actor, and businessman. ... For other people named Howard Hughes, see Howard Hughes (disambiguation). ...


The film features a very unusual couple of henchmen: Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd. There is a strong suggestion that they are involved in more than just a professional relationship; they appear to be homosexual, although the film never explicitly makes that clear. Throughout the film, they use several interesting ways of assassinating their victims, from the use of a scorpion to kill a South African dentist, tying the feet of Plenty O'Toole to a metal plate and drowning her in a swimming pool, and attempting to incinerate James Bond alive in a crematorium furnace. The word Henchman referred originally to one who attended on a horse, that is, a groom. ... Mr. ... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... Superfamilies Pseudochactoidea Buthoidea Chaeriloidea Chactoidea Iuroidea Scorpionoidea See the classification sectionfor families. ... Lana Wood Svetlana Gurdin (born March 1, 1946), better known as Lana Wood, is an American actress and producer born to Russian Christian emigré parents. ...


Also memorable are the female guards played by Blofeld over Willard Whyte, named Bambi and Thumper.


Cast & characters

The James Bond 007 gun logo James Bond, also known as 007 (pronounced double-oh seven), is a fictional British spy created by writer Ian Fleming in 1953. ... Sean Connery as he appears in the James Bond films. ... M is the title and code letter for James Bonds boss and fictional head of the British Secret Intelligence Service or MI6. ... Bernard Lee as M in The Man with the Golden Gun Bernard Lee (January 10, 1908 – January 16, 1981) was a British actor, best known for his role as M in the first eleven James Bond films. ... Miss Moneypenny is a fictional character in the James Bond novels and films. ... Lois Maxwell (born February 14, 1927) is a Canadian actress, best known for her role as Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond franchise. ... Q is a fictional character in the James Bond novels and films. ... Desmond Llewelyn as Q in Tomorrow Never Dies Desmond Llewelyn (September 12, 1914 – December 19, 1999) was a Welsh actor, famous for playing the fictional character of Q in the James Bond series of films. ... Felix Leiter is a fictional character created by Ian Fleming in the James Bond series of novels and films. ... Norman Burton (December 5, 1923 - November 29, 2003), occasionally credited as Normann Burton, was an American film and television actor. ... Ernst Stavro Blofeld is a fictional character in the James Bond universe. ... Charles Gray (August 29, 1928 - March 7, 2000) was a British actor, born in Bournemouth, Dorset. ... Tiffany Case is a bond girl in the James Bond film Diamonds are Forever, played by Jill St. ... Jill St. ... Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean (born on August 10, 1928 in Plainview, Texas) is an American singer, actor, and businessman. ... Mr. ... Bruce Glover (born May 2, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor most famous for his role of assassin Mr. ... Mr. ... Categories: People stubs | 1941 births | James Bond actors ... Lana Wood Svetlana Gurdin (born March 1, 1946), better known as Lana Wood, is an American actress and producer born to Russian Orthodox emigré parents. ... Bruce Cabot (April 20, 1904 - May 3, 1972) was an American film actor. ... Laurence Naismith (b. ...

Crew

Guy Hamilton (born September 16, 1922, Paris, France) was a noted film director. ... Ian Fleming Commander Ian Lancaster Fleming, RNVR (May 28, 1908 – August 12, 1964) was an English author and journalist, best remembered for writing the James Bond series of novels as well as the childrens story, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. ... Richard Maibaum (May 26, 1909 - January 4, 1991) is a screenwriter best known for his adaptations of Ian Flemings novels, specifically the James Bond series of novels. ... Tom Mankiewicz is an American screenwriter and director. ... Albert Romolo Broccoli (April 5, 1909–June 27, 1996) known to millions of movie fans as Cubby Broccoli (a nickname used by a cousin), produced more than forty movies, but will be remembered by most for his contribution to one of the most successful film franchises in history, James Bond. ... Harry Saltzman (October 27, 1915 - September 28, 1994) was a film producer best known for co-producing the James Bond film series with Albert R. Broccoli until selling his share of the franchise to United Artists in 1975. ... John Barry, OBE (born John Barry Prendergast on November 3, 1933 in York, England) is considered one of the Big Four of modern film composers (the others being John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, and Henry Mancini). ... Ted Moore (August 7, 1914 - 1987) was a cinematographer and camera operator for a number of Hollywood films, most famous for his work on a number of movies in the James Bond series. ... Sir Ken Adam (born 5 February 1921 as Klaus Adam) is a production designer most famous for his set designs for the early James Bond films. ... Peter Lamont ( November 12, 1929) is a noted set decorator, art director, and production designer most famous for working on fifteen James Bond films. ...

Soundtrack

Original Diamonds Are Forever soundtrack cover
Original Diamonds Are Forever soundtrack cover
Main article: James Bond music

"Diamonds Are Forever", the title song, was the second James Bond theme to be performed by Shirley Bassey, after "Goldfinger" in 1964. Bassey would later return for a third performance for 1979's "Moonraker". The title song was later sampled by Chicago rapper Kanye West for a single titled "Diamonds from Sierra Leone." 007 - Diamonds are Forever soundtrack This is an album cover. ... 007 - Diamonds are Forever soundtrack This is an album cover. ... The James Bond series of films from EON Productions has had numerous signature tunes over the years, many of which are now considered classic pieces of cinematic music. ... Dame Shirley Bassey, DBE (born Shirley Veronica Bassey, on January 8, 1937, in Tiger Bay, Cardiff), is a Welsh biracial singer, perhaps best-known for performing the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and Moonraker (1979). ... 2002 Penguin Books paperback edition Goldfinger, published in 1959, is the seventh James Bond novel written by Ian Fleming. ... // Events January 29 - The film Dr. Strangelove is released. ... // Events March 5 - Production begins on Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. ... A 2002 Penguin Books paperback edition Moonraker is the third James Bond novel written by Ian Fleming. ... Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Official website: http://egov. ... Kanye Omari West (first name pronounced //) (born June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American hip hop producer and rapper from Chicago, Illinois who currently resides in Hoboken, New Jersey. ... Diamonds from Sierra Leone was the first single from Kanye Wests second album, Late Registration. ...


The original soundtrack was once again composed by John Barry. This was his sixth time composing for a James Bond film. John Barry, OBE (born John Barry Prendergast on November 3, 1933 in York, England) is considered one of the Big Four of modern film composers (the others being John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, and Henry Mancini). ...


Track listing

  1. Diamonds Are Forever (Main Title) - Shirley Bassey
  2. Bond Meets Bambi And Thumper
  3. Moon Buggy Ride
  4. Circus, Circus
  5. Death At The Whyte House
  6. Diamonds Are Forever (Source Instrumental)
  7. Diamonds Are Forever (Bond And Tiffany)
  8. Bond Smells A Rat
  9. Tiffany Case
  10. 007 And Counting
  11. Q's Trick
  12. To Hell With Blofeld
  13. Gunbarrel and Manhunt
  14. Mr.Wint and Mr.Kidd/Bond To Holland
  15. Peter Franks
  16. Airport Source/On The Road
  17. Slumber, Inc.
  18. The Whyte House
  19. Plenty, Then Tiffany
  20. Following The Diamonds
  21. Additional and Alternate Cues

Vehicles & gadgets

Main articles: List of James Bond vehicles and List of James Bond gadgets
  • Pocket snap trap — A small gadget hidden in a pocket to give a person performing an unwanted search on the wielder a painful surprise that would provide a critical distraction for the wielder to exploit for an attack.
  • 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 — Tiffany Case picks up Bond after eluding some henchmen.
  • Moon buggy — Used by Bond to escape from the laboratory.
  • Fake Fingerprint — Bond uses a fake fingerprint that clings to his thumb to trick Tiffany Case into believing he is Peter Franks.
  • Slot Machine Ring — Q created a ring that when used ensures a jackpot at the slot machines every time.
  • Grappling braces — When Bond rides on top of the elevator to the suite of Willard Whyte he uses for the last leg of this trip the rappelling cord built into his braces. (A similar gadget is the belt used in GoldenEye.) Bond uses a special gun to fire the pitons needed to rappel, and later demonstrates that this can also be a deadly weapon.

Throughout the James Bond series of films Q Branch has given Bond a wide variety of vehicles with which to battle his enemies. ... One popular element of the James Bond franchise is the exotic equipment and vehicles he is assigned on his missions, which often prove to be critically useful. ... The Ford Mustang is a popular American automobile. ... Lunar Rover-Manned land vehicle (NASA) The Lunar Rover was a manned land vehicle for transport on the Moon. ... GoldenEye is the seventeenth James Bond film and the first to star Pierce Brosnan as Ian Flemings British secret service agent, James Bond. ... In climbing, a piton is a steel spike that is driven into a crack or seam in the rock with a hammer, and which acts as an anchor to protect the climber against the consequences of a fall, or to assist progress in aid climbing. ...

Locations

Film locations

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Shooting locations

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Trivia

  • According to the 'making of' documentary on the DVD the series producers originally intended Diamonds Are Forever as an extensive reboot of the Bond franchise to appeal to an American audience.
  • John Gavin, an American actor who had played Sam Loomis in Psycho for Alfred Hitchcock amongst many other credits, was originally cast as Bond. However, United Artists' chief David Picker was unhappy with this decision and made it clear that Sean Connery should be enticed back to the role and that money was, essentially, no object. When approached about resuming the role of Bond Sean Connery demanded the fee of £1.2 million (then $2 million, and over $20m inflation adjusted for 2005) and that UA agree to back two films of his choice. Both demands were met and Connery used part of the fee to establish, in collaboration with the Scots racing driver Jackie Stewart a charity to help deprived children in Edinburgh. Gavin's contract was quietly bought out by UA. The first film made under Connery's deal was The Offence directed by his friend Sidney Lumet. The second was to be an adaptation of MacBeth by William Shakespeare using only Scottish actors and in which Connery himself would play the title role. This project was abandoned due to the Roman Polanksi film version that was also in production at the same time. Sean Connery never played MacBeth on film, although his son Jason Connery later did.
  • It was originally proposed for the previous film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, to end before it does in its book form. The film would end with Bond and Tracy driving off after their wedding, and then the already-filmed sequence of Bond and Tracy pulling over, only to be shot at by Blofeld and Irma Bunt would provide the pre-title sequence for Diamonds Are Forever. The idea was dropped prior to the theatrical release of OHMSS, possibly because George Lazenby had yet to commit to any more films.
  • Albert R. Broccoli claimed to have literally dreamed up the plot for this film. A close friend of Howard Hughes, Broccoli dreamed that Hughes had been replaced by an imposter.
  • The exterior for the Whyte House Hotel is the Las Vegas Hilton (then called the Las Vegas International Hotel).
  • Sammy Davis Jr.'s brief cameo appearance was cut from the theatrical release. It would later be restored on the DVD. A still photo of him can be seen in the program Bond reads when he notices Shady Tree has a stage show.
  • Scenes also cut from the theatrical release include a wet, towel clad Plenty O' Toole sneaking back into Bond's hotel room and searching through Tiffany Case's purse, and Plenty breaking into Tiffany's house.
  • The climax of the film was changed several times during pre-production. Early drafts included a boat chase on Lake Mead that ended with Blofeld getting trapped above Hoover Dam. When the climax was relocated to an oil rig, the original ending had Bond pursue Blofeld who was trying to escape in his mini submarine. They both would have ended up fighting each other in a salt mine.
  • The woman in the bikini named "Marie", who was in the beginning of the film who Bond "convinced" to give up the location of Blofeld was Denise Perrier, Miss World 1953.
  • The expletives "goddamn" and "bitch" are heard in dialogue, marking the first use of adult language in a Bond film (previous films never used words stronger than "damn" or "hell"). The film still retained its PG rating, however.
  • This was the second time in which Lana Wood's character was sent out of a window. In the film The Searchers, where Lana played the young version of her older sister Natalie Wood's character, she is sent out of a window to escape being killed by rampaging Indians. In this film, Lana's character, Plenty O'Toole, is thrown almost completely naked out of a window to what was supposed to be her death, but survived, albeit temprorarily, by landing in the pool.

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