Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

 

Diamonds Are Forever Movie Poster- James bond standing on a metal claw with two women perched beside him, Cartoon diamond behind. Diamonds Are Forever written in yellow

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Director: Guy Hamilton

Writers: Ian Fleming (Novel), Richard Maibaum and Tom Mankiewicz (Screenplay)

Starring: Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood

Production Company: Eon Productions, Danjaq

Kent Locations Used: The Port of Dover

Diamonds Are Forever was directed by Guy Hamilton and features the legendary Sean Connery as James Bond for the very last time. The seventh spy film in the popular series sees Bond impersonating a diamond smuggler to uncover a plot to destroy a city. Will he be able to keep one step ahead of his nemesis and save the day?

Based on Ian Fleming’s novel of the same name, this thrilling film is about Bond’s battle with his old nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, after discovering he isn’t just a diamond smuggler but is using the diamonds to build a giant laser to destroy Washington DC.

Starring alongside Sean Connery is Jill St. John (The Lost World, Tony Rome) as Tiffany Casethe, Charles Gray (The Devil Rides, You Only Live Twice) as Ernst Stavro Blofeld and Lana Wood (Captain America) as Plenty O’Toole.

The Port of Dover was used for the scene where Bond swaps identities with Diamond smuggler Peter Franks (Joe Robinson) and makes his escape to France.  The Port of Dover has also been used for filming by Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows (2011), Albert’s Memorial (2010) and Missing (2009).

Diamonds Are Forever can be purchased on DVD.

 

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Casino Royale (1967)

 

Casino-Royale Movie Poster- James Bond in the centre holding a gun surrounded by cartoon flames, montage of bond girls around him. Casino Royale written in red on top

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Directed by: Ken Hughes, John Huston, Joseph McGrath, Robert Parrish, Val Guest, Richard Talmadge

Writers: Ian Fleming (Novel), Wolf Mankowitz (Screenplay)

Starring: David Niven (James Bond), Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, Orson Welles, Woody Allen, Barbara Bouchet

Production Company: Famous Artists Productions

Kent Locations Used: Mereworth Castle

Casino Royale is a spoof James Bond film which is loosely based on Ian Fleming’s first novel of the same name. The plot film centres on James Bond coming out of retirement to take on the forces of SMERSH.

The film has an ensemble cast including David Niven as Sir James Bond, Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, Osron Welles and Woody Allen.

Mereworth Castle was used as Sir James Bond’s home, which SMERSH blow up at the start of the film. Mereworth Castle is not actually a castle but a grade 1 Palladian country house in the borough of Tonbridge and Malling.  It is now privately owned and not open to the public.

Casino Royale is available to buy on DVD.

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