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Diamonds Are Forever Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 13 & under

Connery's last official Bond film is energetic but violent.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Diamonds Are Forever is the seventh official James Bond 007 movie, and Sean Connery's last outing, until his unofficial comeback in Never Say Never Again (1983). It contains the usual fighting, killing, and dead bodies, plus explosions and characters on fire, though there are fewer guns than usual. Bond slaps a woman in the face. Though no graphic nudity is shown, Bond has two sex partners, and women are shown in bikinis, in underwear, and under bedsheets. There is some strong sexual banter and innuendo. The movie implies that two male characters are gay (they hold hands). Language is stronger than usual in a Bond film, with uses of "goddamn," "bitch," and "hell." ("P---y" is used as a double-entendre, referring to a cat onscreen.) Bond drinks slightly less in this movie, with just a sip of sherry and a sip of whisky. A woman is shown smoking a cigarette. Bond fans know that Connery was the best, which makes this one essential viewing.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How much is shown and how much is implied? How does the violence in this movie compare to violence in more modern-day movies?
  • What does it mean for Bond to have a "license to kill"? Does Bond ever feel remorse from any of his victims? Does he learn anything? Would you like to have such a license? Should anyone have one?
  • How are the women depicted in this movie? Are they smart? Brave? Strong? Or are they victims?
  • How did you feel about the Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd characters? If the movie suggests that they are gay, do they come across as good role models? Stereotypes?
  • What is the difference between Bond's appreciation of a fine bottle of sherry, and a character that drinks to get drunk?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Bond is heroic, smart, and resourceful as ever, though he has his vices (martinis and women). Additionally, his license to kill allows him to dispatch bad guys without a second thought. He never really learns any lessons. Women are often treated as objects in Bond movies, though the women in this movie are a bit cleverer than usual. Two of the supporting characters may be gay, but are depicted as slightly creepy and weird, and perhaps plain evil.

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    Role models: Bond remains a mixed character, skillful, tough, smart, and resourceful, but also subject to drinking, seducing women (and never settling down), killing without consequences, and also general destruction of property. He is a connoisseur of the finer things in life, including cars, wines and champagne, and watches.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Bond fights several henchmen, punching, chopping, throwing them around and smashing them against walls. Two of his opponents are women, "Bambi" and "Thumper." He defeats them by holding their heads underwater in a pool. Bond kills several opponents. A character is killed with a scorpion. Dead bodies are shown, including a woman drowned in a pool. Bond slaps a woman in the face. Bond is knocked out by gas and nearly incinerated at a funeral home (inside a coffin). Explosions are shown. A man on fire is shown. We see some brief guns and shooting.

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    Sex: No nudity, but scantily-clad women are shown in bikinis and underwear, or naked under bedsheets. Bond sleeps with two women -- one is called "Plenty O'Toole" -- and we see the usual sexy silhouettes during the opening credits. Bond is shown shirtless, naked to just below the waist. We get playful sexual innuendo throughout, such as Bond saying, "there's something I'd like you to get off your chest," as he removes a woman's bikini top. A man makes reference to a woman's "cheeks" in her bikini bottom. The movie suggests that two hitman characters are gay and are shown holding hands (very risqu in 1971). A character has a comical line about a "virgin in a maternity ward." Signs for "topless" clubs are seen on a Las Vegas strip.

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    Language: "Goddamn," "damn," "bitch," "son of a bitch," and "hell" are heard. "P---y" is used as a double-entendre; onscreen it refers to a cat, but it also refers to Bond's partner. In one scene, a character yells, "dirty bastard," though he is cut off before he finishes the word. Bond calls a woman "stupid twit."

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Bond drinks a glass of sherry and has a sip of whisky. One of the Bond girls smokes a cigarette.

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