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Diamonds Are Forever (James Bond (Original Series) #4)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  9,522 ratings  ·  469 reviews
Meet Tiffany Case, a cold, gorgeous, devil-may-care blonde; the kind of girl you could get into a lot of trouble with if you wanted. She stands between James Bond and the leaders of a diamond-smuggling ring that stretches from Africa to the States via London. Bond uses her to infiltrate this gang, but once in America the hunter becomes the hunted.
Hardcover, Centenary Edition, 287 pages
Published May 20th 2008 by Penguin 007 (first published June 1956)
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If I were a woman, I might conduct a séance, and then throttle the spirit of Ian Fleming. He’s not a bad guy, mind you, but just once, I’d like to see a female character give James Bond a run for his money. So far I’m still waiting for a return on my initial investment. And I know this is one investment that probably won’t pan out, but I can still hold onto a faint glimmer of false hope.

Vesper Lynd did come close, but she ultimately failed when paired next to Bond’s wit and charm. Tiffany Case,
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 3.5* of five

Again a reminder that these reviews are for the movies by these titles, NOT Fleming's books. I wasn't at all drawn to the book I read, and I've since sampled a few others, and to me they're repellently dated.

So this 1971 outing is based on the 1956 novel, and marks the last *canonical* film Connery made. Never Say Never Again wasn't a Broccoli-produced film, and made use of a story not ever precisely made into a novel, so...

Jill St. John spends a good deal of time scantily cl
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bond Fans
James Bond vs. the American Mafia. James Bond's beloved M gives him the assignment to destroy a diamond pipeline. In going after the diamond smugglers, Bond travels to America and is paired up with a woman working for the diamond smugglers - one Tiffany Case. He travels to New York City, Saratoga Springs, and then to Las Vegas.

The book, as so many Bond books do, focuses heavily on gambling. We have copious amounts of, not only card playing, but horse racing in this novel. If this bores you, I

Probably the weakest Bond novel in the series to this point which was somewhat surprising to me as the film is a fond favourite (who would have thought that the screen and page could differ?!). This more felt like Bond visits various locations with a little bit of spying on the side.

The setup is no different to any other, Bond meets M and gets his mission (I do enjoy the relationship these two have), Bond sets off on mission and finds a lady to admire and try to woo (book Bond is not as sua
So because George Lazenby couldn't make it as James Bond in the previous movie, Sean Connery was back for Diamonds Are Forever, which the trailer (behind the link) points out a whole lot. "Hey guys, we made a mistake with that other guy, but look! Connery! COME BACK!"

Also making a come back with this movie was Shirley Bassey singing the theme song, as she did for Goldfinger. (The theme songs are nearly as important to me as the films themselves.) For those of us who pay attention (or at least re
'Diamonds Are Forever,' although the weakest of Ian Fleming's James Bond series to this point, is the second consecutive Bond novel to be far superior to the later film version. 'Diamonds' suffers from a sub par plot and a nearly non-existent and overwhelmingly boring villain.

Where the novel does have a redeeming quality, however, is in Tiffany Case, the Bond girl. Case is a stone cold fox straight out of a Depression era noir, and by far the most interesting and capable Bond girl of the series
How do I find myself with feelings of sadness for James and his life of international duplicity? Still, after 4 Bond novels, the end of the adventure leaves me with soft feelings for the often misogynist 007. Who knew???

This was a well crafted piece. Good story, somewhat more assertive female foil and nice continuity. Now to #5.
One of the strengths of Fleming - which I'm discovering on re-reading these books - is his descriptions of locations. Mid-way through Diamonds Are Forever, Bond goes to Vegas. The portrayal of the desert town with sand blowing over the strip is incredibly well done and really places the reader there. I suppose it isn't just his sense of location, he is also good at capturing the time in which he is writing, really bringing the fifties to live. As oppossed to say a Mike Hammer novel (a character ...more
Rob Thompson
Death is forever. But so are diamonds

And so my project to read all of the original series of James Bond novels in 2015 continues! Diamonds Are Forever is the fourth book by Ian Fleming and was initially published back in 1956. In the book Bond smashes a diamond smuggling operation, the pipeline of which originates in the mines of Sierra Leone and ends in Las Vegas. Along the way Bond meets and falls in love with one of the members of the criminal gang, Tiffany Case.

It was interesting to compare
James bond! Women loving, ass kicking super spy!! Well, not so much in this book. It was readable but a bit dull with the odd smattering of action. Oh and the movie that shares it's name was nothing like this book, in fact it's a rare occasion where the movie is better than the book :)
Review: Diamonds Are Forever

Maybe you can strike a blow for Freedom, Home and Beauty with that rusty old equalizer of yours. Is it still the Beretta?
-Felix Leiter to James Bond, Diamonds are Forever

With diamonds as the catalyst for action and adventure in Ian Fleming’s fourth James Bond novel, Diamonds are Forever features Bond investigating the diamond smuggling pipeline between Africa, the United States and Britain. When the British government realizes that over two million pounds worth of di
Not much can be said about the literary merits of "Diamonds are Forever". You read it because it's the original conception of an iconic fictional character. You read it for a quaint romp through 50s America as imagined by an Englishman. You read it to draw comparisons with the movie. Yet be warned, Bond doesn't really do much. The reader gets more details on Bond's eating, drinking, showering and napping habits than anything else. The "mystery" is on par with, say, a "Rockford Files" episode, co ...more
As I may have pointed out before on these pages, I have been venturing back into the Bond novels with the idea that the contrasts with 'Sixties sexual mores and concepts of maleness may be enlightening or amusing or both.

Ian Fleming was masterful in his descriptions when the setting was in Britain. And I thought he did a nice job of describing Istanbul, not that I would know from the couple of times I've been there for visits of only a few days.

But sally onto American soil, and, I'm sorry, the v
Either Fleming is stuck in a rut or I am. The fourth novel in the 007 series follows the formula that the third (Moonraker) avoided. Bond scouts out his mission, flashes back to Bond's interview with M, infiltrates the villain's organization, meets the girl, etc. As with Live & Let Die, the job is a treasure hunt (diamond smugglers) rather than actual espionage. But because it involves the Mafia, the spy element feels slightly more authentic than it has in previous novels.

Or it would if Flem
Sometimes I feel guilty about reading the James Bond novels, since Bond and Fleming are racist misogynistic snobs. But sometimes the action pulls you in and you overlook things like ridiculous personality flaws among all the protagonists. With this book, I have no reason to feel guilty, except that I finished it. This is a terrible book with tons of padding and travelogue in between the brief action sequences; it reads like a novella that Fleming's editors told him to triple in size. The final a ...more
Dave Russell
This was much better than Live and Let Die. The sadism was more sadistic, the suspense more suspenseful, and there's a kick ass chase scene involving a fricking train. Although the main bad guy (actually bad guys--twins) weren't as interesting as Mr. Big from LALD, the two henchmen--Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd (gay hitmen!)--more than made up for it.
Bond is investigating a diamond smuggling ring. Shades of the film of the same name, but they changed a number of things. As usual with Bond adaptations, the book outshines the film again.
Justin Sorbara-Hosker
As a kid, I always consumed Bond as films, & then I investigated the books when I got older. Never got to this one, though. Long story short, it's a good one, & the producers should have just got this made instead of that absurd thing with the Howard Hughes clone and the satellite, and whatever. But this is a good one, no frills, Bond taking on the mob - lots of description of horse racing, card playing, all the stuff Fleming liked. Be nice if the modern film producers made this one, as ...more
I tried to read Casino Royale some time after seeing the movie-I enjoyed the movie but not the book. But I decided to give Fleming another chance and I chose Diamonds Are Forever mostly based on the cover.

Summary: James Bond is sent to investigate the smuggling of diamonds from South Africa to America.

I really liked the description of the airplane on page 50 of my copy: the passengers are served cocktails and caviar on the two hour flight from London to Ireland. I feel lucky to get two drinks an
Frank Hughes
Possibly the weakest of the James Bond novels, written (it seems) to finance Fleming's trip to America that included New York City, Upstate New York (later the setting for "The Spy Who Loved Me"), and Las Vegas. More a travelogue than a novel, which is its singular joy. Early in the novel Bond flies to America, in the days before jetliners. Fleming's detailed account of the crossing on a prop driven Stratocruiser is a masterpiece, dripping with atmosphere and detail that now seems unbelievable, ...more
Clark Hallman
Diamonds Are Forever, first published in 1956, was the fourth James Bond novel written by Ian Fleming. James Bond is a British Secret Service agent in the MI6 (Military Intelligence, Section 6) agency that deals with foreign intelligence. In this novel James Bond (007) goes undercover to investigate a diamond-smuggling operation moving uncut diamonds from Sierra Leone to the United States. It turns out that the smuggling is headed by two mobsters, the Spang brothers. Bond infiltrates the smuggli ...more
Not as good as the first three novels of the Bond series. A lot of unnecessary stuff about horse races and Leighter's new position and role. Bond wasn't quite the Secret Service man he's made out to be in the previous novels, being unable to resolve the blindingly obvious, to which Flemming mildly explains away with the fact that love blinded him... It's almost painful for the readers who can figure it out in a heartbeat, before Bond is even involved with his new girl Tiffany mind you.

The action
I got this and several other James Bond books as a present for my dad, and I decided to read it to see what the fuss was all about. I've heard this isn't the best of the books, so maybe some of the others are better, but I was pretty unimpressed. The writing is mediocre at best, and in many spots so bad that it's kind of hilarious. For instances, there are sentences strung together with tons of "and"s, and at one point someone is described as having "a face like a sad cream puff." I didn't even ...more
Yet another Fleming book that clearly outshines its poor theatrical adaptation. There's little real development of Bond's character from start to finish, but for once the female lead is an actual human being with believable motivations (although she quickly turns into the usual pile of boring, fawning putty once Bond lays the charm on her).

For the most part, Fleming sticks to his usual formula and it's an enjoyable ride. At the very least, an enjoyable window into the burgeoning era of jet trave
Lee Foust
For every nice turn of phrase, exiting sequence, or interesting location there was a sexist, racist, or homophobic remark to pretty much cancel it out. Still, it's all so juvenile you only really want to give Ian a good spanking. It was a little better plotted than the first three Bond novels (I'm reading them in order) so, if you want to read one, of the first four I would recommend this one. It wasn't a very memorable film, sadly--I re-watched the first hour or so the other night and saw that ...more
"Death is forever. But so are diamonds."

I loved reading the prose more than feeling the experience of spy thrill. And I look up to Sir Ian Fleming for that. It's the typical 007 adventure for which it is best known for: an organized crook, one pretty Bond girl, and our resident British chap going beyond what's in the mission. Despite that, Fleming still had his way of making it distinct from the rest of the books (the first three that is, because I haven't read all of the others as of the writin
Like a lot of people of my generation, I grew up watching James Bond movies and only started reading the books when I was a teenager. I think I’ve tried to read this one several times over the years, but for whatever reason, I never made it more than a dozen pages in or so. A while back I resolved to finally get this one under my belt, though I don’t remember the movie based on it at all.

James Bond is asked to investigate a diamond smuggling operation. Rather than looking toward the origi
Richard Humphreys

eath is Forever, but so are Diamonds.

3.5 / 5

James Bond is sent on an assignment to America to discover the Spangled Mob’s system of diamond smuggling that is bringing them millions of dollars. M is apprehensive in assigning Bond on this mission as he knows there is more to the American mob than meets the eye, but Bond accepts the assignment with no such reservations. However, he sees firsthand the length and breadth of their influence and power in America
Greg Z
Given the massive selection of homoerotic spy thrillers of the mid-fifties, it's hard to select the best. But "Diamonds are Forever" is the weirdest by far. Toward the end of "Diamonds" Tiffany Case questions Bond about marriage. His reply is, "Matter of fact I'm almost married already. To a man. Name begins with M. I'd have to divorce him before I tried marrying a woman." Concerning the "lavender boys", a driver says "the only irons they can handle are in their pockets," then later Bond says, " ...more
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