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?