DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
1971, MGM/Park Circus, 120 min, Dir: Guy Hamilton

James Bond (Sean Connery returning to the role after a one film hiatus) goes from Amsterdam to Las Vegas on the track of missing diamonds and encounters his arch-nemeis, Ernst Stavros Blofeld (Charles Gray) along the way.


FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
1963, MGM/Park Circus, 118 min, Dir: Terence Young

Sean Connery’s second 007 outing finds Bond scouring exotic Istanbul for an elusive Lektor decoding machine. He’s helped by sly Pedro Armendariz and seductive Russian spy Daniela Bianchi, and hunted by Aryan super-killer Robert Shaw and sinister, butch Lotte Lenya as stiletto-toed Rosa Kleb.


YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
1967, MGM/Park Circus, 117 min, Dir: Lewis Gilbert

Director Lewis Gilbert directs the fifth movie starring Sean Connery as 007. To give Bond a headstart on the opposition, his death is faked. He’s then sent to Japan to honcho Tetsuro Tanba and operatives Mie Hama and Akiko Wakabayashi (two of Toho Studios’ most charismatic contract actresses of the era). With a script by Roald Dahl.


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