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Bond Tour Part VII - Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

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Howard Hughes supported the production of Diamonds are Forever. A manager of one of his hotels in Las Vegas wanted to bar the team to film in an elevator. Hughes sent a message: Please tell Cubby (Albert R. Broccoli) that he may film in any of my hotels at any time.

 

For the chase in the streets of Las Vegas in the Mustang Mach 1, Ford provided eight Mustangs. Fremont Street had to be closed for three nights to enable the stuntmen to prepare the chase. The drive of the Mustang on two wheels to escape the police was filmed in three locations: Universal Studios in Southern California, Fremont Street in Las Vegas and Pinewood Studios in England.

 

Raquel Welch, Jane Fonda and Faye Dunaway had been considered for the role of Tiffany Case. However, Jill St. John who was supposed to play only a little role, was chosen by director Guy Hamilton as ideal casting.

 

After Lazenby had played Bond in Her Majesty's Secret Service, Connery had a comeback for one movie in Diamonds Are Forever.

 

Cast: James Bond - Sean Connery; M - Bernard Lee; Moneypenny - Lois Maxwell; Q - Desmond Llewelyn; Tiffany Case - Jill St. John; Blofeld - Charles Gray

 

Today's instructions for our MI-6 hero are:

Bond, we've always accepted a percentage of diamond smuggling. But over the past two years, despite all precautions, it's gone up alarmingly. Even more alarming is the fact that none of the stones have reached the market. What we need to know is who the stockpilers are. You're going to Holland. For some time now we've had our eyes on professional a smuggler Peter Franks. He is about to travel to Amsterdam.

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Was a little disappointed in the final leg of this journey, was hoping to include an historical flight appropriate for the age of the movie. Unfortunately the Boeing 727 I have in my virtual hanger has the same translucent properties at night time as I have with my CLS A330. So instead I had to go LAX-LAS by a United 739.

 

Oh I forgot to mention, a UA gate agent tried to 're-accommodate' 007 off the flight. JB was not for moving however and his Walther PPK convinced the gate agent of the error of their ways!

 

Definitely a Boeing theme to this. firstly LHR-AMS...

 

34539102021_9510955a75_o.jpgReady to depart LHR

 

34628674796_bca0b0da4a_o.jpgOn our way

 

34284368620_fbd472453a_o.jpgBacktracking past LHR

 

34284357860_1803af937c_o.jpgLCY

 

33859482353_2b7b4c1cf9_o.jpgApproaching AMS

 

33826886724_9c88714b67_o.jpgA queue of company traffic waiting to depart

 

34284289880_9c81c876b2_o.jpgWaiting for the airbridge

 

We now board a KL Queen to head for LA

 

34507505722_2817efe991_o.jpgThe Queen of the Netherlands

 

33826838424_83063a1131_o.jpgKLM Central

 

34628475266_2451c1fc31_o.jpgEasing the grand lady into the air

 

34538893161_82c8660f2b_o.jpgCalifornia bound

 

34669092785_f820fce6de_o.jpgTurning NW

 

34284174260_8c51b9ed43_o.jpgSt Abb's Head & the Firth of Forth

 

34538844511_46cc982093_o.jpgDundee

 

34284146690_fdabd05c9d_o.jpgNW Scotland

 

34507375332_9200e4b029_o.jpgIsle of Lewis

 

34507357592_ee37eebb0d_o.jpgW Coast of Greenland

 

34539359751_aa2cd9bf08_o.jpgTOD

 

34507847632_3583d79b65_o.jpgEdwards AFB

 

33827146344_032372a42e_o.jpgVectoring for LAX

 

34539278861_75217c2dcd_o.jpgGear down and turning onto final

 

34284597720_c6457c61a7_o.jpgShort final 6L

 

34507790922_c9d9531e13_o.jpgLA Arrival

 

33827096784_360ea02288_o.jpgTime to connect

 

On to Sin City then. First time for me flying a -900 on an FTG flight.

 

34284546290_b9280a1731_o.jpgPushing back

 

34284533450_56bd162243_o.jpgTurning back after a long 25L departure

 

33827058684_025038ec9b_o.jpgLAX

 

34284506590_917a8db52d_o.jpgLA Coliseum

 

34507715512_fc59baae5c_o.jpgOver the mountains

 

34669320555_acea7dca59_o.jpgDescending into Vegas

 

33859601653_236f98e912_o.jpgRugged Nevada landscape

 

34507659192_0a5616aaf9_o.jpgSin City Scene

 

33826977924_7029ecc7c9_o.jpgOn the deck

 

34539112801_d6ab9a1a5f_o.jpgOff to indulge

 

007 will return soon in "Live & Let Die"

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That's a great travel report, Aidan. Originally 007 was flying Lufthansa across the pond, I believe.

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That's a great travel report, Aidan. Originally 007 was flying Lufthansa across the pond, I believe.

 

I think you are right but 007's PIREP would be rejected as LH AMS-LAX is not a real-world schedule.

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That was a lot of nice sightseeing!

 

Someday I will go a visit Scotland, especially the area around the Bens.

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I think you are right but 007's PIREP would be rejected as LH AMS-LAX is not a real-world schedule.

Actually LH452 had a routing EDDF-EHAM-KLAX at that time. Still it's not (yet) in our DB. :ph34r:

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Actually LH452 had a routing EDDF-EHAM-KLAX at that time. Still it's not (yet) in our DB. :ph34r:

If I remember correctly, in the movie it was an LH450 with that routing.

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Sensational series Aiden. Love the banter between the classic's propeller heads lol.....

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Sensational series Aiden. Love the banter between the classic's propeller heads lol.....

 

Me too mate, that's what the forums here are all about

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Wow, what a set! One of the best I have ever seen! Your sim looks so stunning, thanks for sharing!

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Good stuff Jimmie Boy

 

That was a different movie for sure, had the usual ups and down an those two weirdo's who got their just deserts in the end with their " Bomb Surprise" :paperbag: haaaa good stuff.

 

Excellent series again Aiden :thumbsup:

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I had forgotten James Bond came to Amsterdam too! I love the Dutch Queen, too bad she is slowly being phased out. Gotta fly her before she is gone!

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I had forgotten James Bond came to Amsterdam too! I love the Dutch Queen, too bad she is slowly being phased out. Gotta fly her before she is gone!

 

You still got time Michel, the last one will be phased out somewhere in 2021.

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