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.

Promotional art for Diamonds Are Forever is copyright (C) by Eon Productions and/or MGM. I believe my inclusion of it here, and images in the video from the movie, are permissible under fair use.