The Greatest
James Bond Girls

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

See also Greatest Film Series Franchises: James Bond Films (illustrated)

See also James Bond Films - Summary
Greatest Bond Girls in James Bond Films
Title Screen
Film Title/Year/Director, Bond Girl (Actress)

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
d. Guy Hamilton

Tiffany Case (Jill St. John)

Bond (Connery) was involved in preventing the takeover of the world diamond market by villainous SPECTRE agent Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Charles Gray). He was stockpiling gems and keeping them off the international black market, intent on selling them (by blackmail) to the highest bidder to attain nuclear supremacy.

Tiffany Case (Jill St. John) - the first American Bond girl - was a devious, intriguing and sly redhead (although she often changed hair color). The pretty American diamond smuggler (working as a fence to smuggle diamonds out of South Africa) first met Bond in Amsterdam in her third floor apartment. She believed that he was professional smuggler or courier named Peter Franks. When she appeared in a satiny bra and red-headed wig at her bedroom doorway inside her apartment, Bond asked: "Weren't you a blonde when I came in?" She replied: "Could be." He further added: "I tend to notice little things like that, whether a girl's a blonde or a brunette." She asked provocatively: "And which do you prefer?" He answered with a sexy double entendre: "Oh, providing the collars and cuffs match..."

She told Bond the origin of her name - she was born on the first floor of Tiffany's New York store while her mother was shopping for a wedding ring.

Later, once they had both reached Las Vegas, when she didn't know where 'Bond' (impersonating Franks) was hiding the diamonds, she appeared in his hotel suite's bedroom at the Tropicana. [This was after voluptuous Bond girl Plenty O'Toole (Lana Wood) (called a "fullsome friend") had been dumped out the hotel window into the pool 10 stories below by thugs. (see below)] Seductively, Tiffany again wanted to know the location of the real diamonds, and whether he was working alone or not. Bond called himself "the condemned man" and Tiffany was "the hearty breakfast" - they had sex together.

Afterwards, Tiffany proposed a "fifty-fifty" split of the diamonds - she would help get them out safely in an escape to Hong Kong (Tiffany: "I have the feeling this is the beginning of a wonderful relationship") - and he pretended to acquiese to her proposal.

After Plenty O'Toole was found drowned in Tiffany's swimming pool at her operation's residence - a case of mistaken identity - Bond told her that each link in the smuggling pipeline had been killed, and she was the next target. He convinced her to divulge where she had taken the real diamonds after an exchange at the Circus Circus casino. The jewels were inside a stuffed animal that she had placed inside an airport locker at the Vegas airport.

They traced the diamonds to a remote desert location, where a diamond-encrusted laser-satellite was being constructed at billionaire entrepreneur Willard Whyte's (Jimmy Dean) Tectronics Factory. The device had the ability to use a deadly laser to destroy major cities and other locations from outer space.

She changed allegiances, took Bond's side and helped him to escape pursuit by Whyte's guards at the factory and by local Vegas police, and then spent the night with him in the bridal suite at The Whyte House casino/hotel. Bond quipped about the selection of accommodations: "In order to form a more perfect union, sweetheart." They made love on a clear circular waterbed filled with fish, where he told her: "I'm on top of the situation." After love-making, she covered her naked self with a full-length white fur.

Later, after she was kidnapped and held hostage by Blofeld on his oil-rig platform headquarters in Baja California (Mexico), she lounged and sunbathed in a purple bikini on deck and in Blofeld's office. However, she sided with Bond to try to switch a coded cassette tape controlling the satellite, but mistakenly substituted the wrong one. When given a machine-gun to help defend Bond, its powerful discharge propelled her off the burning deck into the water.

Afterwards, on the Canberra cruise ship bound home for England, after Bond fended off an assassination attempt on their lives, they hugged and looked up at the stars from the railing, as she asked about how they could retrieve the diamonds from the defunct satellite in space: "James, how the hell do we get those diamonds down again?"

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Plenty O'Toole (Lana Wood)

In her very short role, this buxom, gold-digging Bond girl and floozy was first seen prowling the Whyte House casino in Las Vegas, looking for high-rollers. After her mark named Maxie (Ed Call) lost, she rejected his advances to go to his place: "Why don't you go take a nap and I'll see you next year."

As she was leaving the craps table area, she paused and turned to reveal her voluptuous figure in a low-cut purple dress, when she heard Bond (Connery) wagering $10,000. As Bond reached for his chips, she leaned over next to him, presented her deep cleavage to him and introduced herself with her suggestive name: "Hi, I'm Plenty!" He looked downward as he replied: "But of course you are." She added: "Plenty O'Toole," to which Bond quipped: "Named after your father, perhaps?"

When she assisted him in throwing the dice, she lost. But then Bond bet all of his money as she told him: "Hey, you played this game before." On a bet of $10,000, Bond won $50,000 and gave Plenty $5,000 for her assistance, as she followed him to his hotel room, calling him a strange but "terrific guy."

After he kissed her, and her dress was unzipped and dropped to the floor, they were interrupted by three gunmen (Bond: "I'm afraid you've caught me with more than my hands up"), who proceeded to throw Plenty, topless, out of the 10-story bedroom window. When she landed in the hotel's pool below and survived certain death, Bond noted: "Exceptionally fine shot." One gunman dumbly replied: "I didn't know there was a pool down there."

She was later drowned (off-screen) in a sheer nightgown at the hands of SPECTRE villain Blofeld's (Charles Gray) murderous, soft-spoken homosexual assassins Mr. Wint (Bruce Glover) and nearly-bald Mr. Kidd (Putter Smith), in a case of mistaken identity. She met her fate in the pool of diamond smuggler Tiffany Case (Jill St. John).

Greatest Bond Girls in James Bond Films
(chronological, each Bond film a separate page)
Introduction | Dr. No (1962) | From Russia With Love (1963) | Goldfinger (1964) | Thunderball (1965)
You Only Live Twice (1967) | On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) | Diamonds are Forever (1971) | Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) | The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) | Moonraker (1979) | For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Octopussy (1983) | A View to a Kill (1985) | The Living Daylights (1987) | Licence to Kill (1989)
GoldenEye (1995) | Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) | The World is Not Enough (1999) | Die Another Day (2002)
Casino Royale (2006) | Quantum of Solace (2008) | Skyfall (2012) | Spectre (2015) | No Time to Die (2021) | Unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983)

Previous Page Next Page