FROM THE ARCHIVE 302 -1971-

Diamonds Are Forever
Music written by John Barry (Jonathan Barry Prendergrast) and lyrics by Don Black.

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Recorded: September, 1971
Released: November, 1971
UK: On United Artists Single UP 35293,
US: On United Artists Single UA 50845
Soundtrack album: UK: 29216, US: UAS-5220
Charted:
Single UK: #38, January 15, 1972
Single US: Pop charts: #57, January 29, 1972
Easy Listening charts: #14, January 1, 1972
Album US: #74, January 8, 1972

Written as theme for the James Bond movie “Diamonds Are Forever” in 1971. Released on soundtrack LP: Jan 6th 1972, and on a soundtrack single: Jan 29th 1972. Another single with Pieces Of Dreams on the B-side was released in 1971. The single reached position number 38 in the UK single charts in 1972. In the US the single reached No. 57 on the charts, and the soundtrack LP reached No. 74. The soundtrack LP is available digitally remastered on CD. The song is available on many collections, live recordings, and videos. This was the second official recording of a James Bond theme for Shirley Bassey after Goldfinger. Moonraker followed 1979.
In Italy the film was called “Una Cascata Di Diamanti” and for the Italian soundtrack single Shirley Bassey had recorded the song with Italian lyrics: “Vivo Di Diamanti”.

A remix of Shirley’s version by “Mantronik” has been released in 2000 on The Remix Album…Diamonds Are Forever. Another recording was on the 1992 album Bassey Sings Bond.

The note about Goldfinger from the 30th anniversary Bond collection:

Joined by Jill St. John, Lana Wood and “Twice” ‘s Charles Gray (as the new Blofeld), Sean Connery – back as 007 – travels from Amsterdam to Las Vegas on a trail of smuggled diamonds in 1971’s “Diamonds Are Forever.”

Once again, it all leads to Blofeld, who is bent on putting his own malevolent diamond-studded “Star Wars”-type weapon into space.

Directed by “Goldfinger” ‘s Guy Hamilton, “Diamonds” features a number of fight scenes, including the thrashing of Bond by two acrobatic women, Bambi and Thumper, and a battle in an ascending elevator. Bond’s commandeering of a red Mustang and a “moon-buggy” in two separate scenes are merely designed to lay waste to police cars and desert bikes, an ushering-in of the 1970’s “Smokey and the Bandit-style chase films.

Barry’s “Diamonds” score is serviceable, while Shirley Bassey returns for a sexy and teasing rendition of Barry’s and lyricist Don Black’s title theme (the tune mid-charted in both the U.S. and U.K.).

Plot outline of the film “Diamonds Are Forever” from the internet: The British Government become suspicious when large shipments of uncut diamonds begin disappearing during transit and then fail to reappear on the international market. When the British Government suspect the existence of a world-wide diamond smuggling operation, James Bond (Sean Connery) is called in to investigate. He soon discovers the extent of the problem and travels to America where a millionaire casino owner is suspected to be behind it all. However, when the casino owner turns out to be none other than Ernst Stavro Blofeld, 007 knows exactly what he must do, and he wants to avenge the death of his wife Tracy. Especially when some of the world’s most powerful weapons are involved – and two of the three stooges! The movie had been nominated for an Academy Award for the best sound.

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Lyrics:

Diamonds are forever
They are all I need to please me
They can stimulate and tease me
They won’t leave in the night,
I’ve no fear that they might desert me

Diamonds are forever
Hold one up and then caress it
Touch it, stroke it and undress it
I can see every part,
nothing hides in the heart to hurt me

I don’t need love
For what good will love do me?
Diamonds never lie to me
For when love’s gone
They’ll lustre on

Diamonds are forever
Sparkling round my little finger
Unlike men, the diamonds linger
Men are mere mortals who are not worth going to your grave for

I don’t need love
For what good will love do me?
Diamonds never lie to me
For when love’s gone
They’ll lustre on

Diamonds are forever, forever, forever
Diamonds are forever, forever, forever
Forever and ever

(Transcribed by Roman)

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