After calling it quits and moving on to other projects, Sean Connery was again approached to play 007 following the premature departure of George Lazenby. EON knew audiences wanted Connery back, and paid him a record-breaking figure to secure him for DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER.
Mr. Connery subsequently donated his tremendous paycheck to a charity he had started. DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER tells of Bond’s investigation of a diamond smuggling racket, involvement with professional underground diamond merchant Tiffany Chase (Jill St. John, pictured above) and eventual reunion with his most hated enemy -now plotting to hold the world ransom with a death ray from a satellite! Connery’s presence helped make the film a record-breaking smash hit. There’s a lot of good stuff here, including another hit theme tune from Shirley Bassey, but the climax isn’t nearly as spectacular as it should be. Also featured in this one is Lana Wood (Natalie’s younger sister) as the ill-fated Plenty O’Toole, a “helpful” girl who hooks up with to Bond on the casino floor of the Whyte House Hotel.