Diamonds Are Forever (1971) Firsts

  • First reappearance of Sean Connery as James Bond
  • Bond’s first personal vendetta (Blofeld for the death of Tracy)
  • First time Bond plays a casino game other than Baccarat (craps)
  • First time Bond needs to escape from Felix Leiter
  • First appearance of Charles Gray as Ernst Stavro Blofeld
  • First time a Bond girl is a crook (T. Case)
  • First time Bond swears
  • First time a former ally returns to play the villain
  • First time 007 goes to Los Angeles (LAX International Airport was his point of entry into the United States, before heading to Las Vegas)
  • First time 007 goes to Las Vegas
  • First time Blofeld disguises himself as a woman
  • First time that Q had a family (he has grandchildren)
  • First time that 007 runs afoul of law enforcement
  • First appearance of high-speed pursuit scenes by law enforcement in a Bond film
  • First time that a major studio’s parking lot serves as a Bond film set (Universal Studios)
  • First mention of South Africa
  • First time that 007 switches billfolds with a dead man (Peter Franks)
  • First revealing mistake in geography (Nairobi, South Africa)
  • # First Bond girl related to a famous actress (Lana Wood)
  • First time 007 rides an ATV vehicle
  • First time a NASA-inspired vehicle appears in a Bond film (moon buggy)
  • First time an oil rig is used as the villain’s headquarters
  • First time 007 goes on a cruise ship
  • First homosexual henchmen (Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd)
  • First time that M refuses to drink liquor (he has a bad liver)
  • First time Bond does not use his PPK
  • First time Bond compliments Q on his work (the false fingerprints), rather than passing sarcastic comment. (Gradually Q and Bond become more mutually respectful, good-natured and, eventually, affectionate in their banter)