Well, now that was darned nifty!
And I was actually expecting it to be over-the-top and then capped with an obvious (and probably not very funny) gag, as was the case with much of the rest of "Diamonds Are Forever". Which is why I never bothered to watch it a second time since I first viewed it on Christmas evening 1971 while still thrilled by that remarkable double-overtime AFL playoff loss of the Chiefs to the Dolphins in Kansas City a couple hours prior.
But I had forgotten that at least one scene in the film--which has the distinction, I believe, of being the late Jimmy Dean's only straight role*--was simply terrific!
So instead of enduring another of the often preposterous fight scenes we're dealt in any of the sillier Bond flicks, this one showed both men struggling for their lives in a serious, even match, and was made memorable by the open-air vintage elevator ride in general and fire extinguisher flourish in particular. And then instead of cracking some Roger Moore-style dimwitticism, Connery's aging Bond** merely confirms to Tiffany Case--for my money the absolute most attractive so-called Bond girl EVER***--that he hopes his deadly toil was successful.
So thanks a heap, Mr. or Ms. Diner, for digging up this gem!
* If you don't count his sausage empire.
** But of course not nearly as aging as the Bond who Connery inexplicably played in the "Thunderball" remake "Never Say Never Again", which was a bad idea that should, uh, never have been released and never even have gone into production.
*** An obviously-subjective judgment which may be biased by two facts: (1) I've always had a severe weakness for redheads; and (2) Jill St. John was featured--and killed off!--in the two-part pilot/premier which debuted on that wonderfully wacky Wednesday when West/Ward warred wrongdoers**** over ABC on January 12, 1966.
**** Yeah, I realize this final W-word doesn't count as alliteration. Technically.