My video series on the historical context of the James Bond movies, in order, continues. This one is pretty special: despite its obvious drawbacks, the bizarre 1971 camp-fest Diamonds Are Forever is, for complicated reasons, my all-time favorite Bond film.
In this video, I address the producers’ ongoing crisis to find a Bond actor for the 1970s; the impact of social and political upheaval in the U.S. and Britain; Las Vegas and the Howard Hughes connection; why the year 1971 was such a pivotal one in world history; and what’s up with the scathing homophobia.
The previous videos in the series can be found here: Dr. No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969).
Here is the original trailer for Diamonds Are Forever.