Yesterday was Shirley Bassey's eightieth birthday. To commemorate this event, here is her performing Diamonds Are Forever, the second of the three James Bond movie theme songs that she sang. This song is, in my opinion, also the best of her three Bond themes, although it is for a kind a mediocre Bond movie.
That said, Diamonds Are Forever is one of the more science fiction oriented of all of the Bond movies, much more so than Goldfinger was, although not quite as much as Moonraker would be. With a plot centered around the development and deployment of an orbital laser intended to be used as a tool of extortion by Blofeld, Diamonds Are Forever is comparable in science fiction content to both The Man with the Golden Gun and You Only Live Twice. Maybe I should sit down and review the Bond series one of these days. It is, after all, loaded with quasi-science fiction stories.
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