IAN FLEMING - DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (320kbs-m4a/199mb/1hr26mins)
BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 5th May 2019
An all-star Ian Fleming James Bond adventure, directed by Martin Jarvis and starring Toby Stephens as 007.
Fleming's fourth Bond novel is especially dazzling. Its dark humour encompasses millions of pounds worth of diamonds smuggled out of British mines in Africa. Responsible? Somebody known as ‘ABC’. James Bond is sent undercover by MI6 to New York to follow the pipeline. Masquerading as a courier he meets enticing, ice-cold, Tiffany Case. She stands between Bond and gang-bosses whose criminal diamond business stretches from Sierra Leone, via London, to the gambling tables of Las Vegas.
Bond infiltrates the mob. Horse-racing scams, a car chase, a rigged card game, pursuit by locomotive - Bond and Tiffany endure all. Eventually flown to West Africa, Bond unmasks the ultimate villain.
Archie Scottney’s dramatisation parades a bizarre collection of mafiosi monsters.
James Bond ... Toby Stephens
‘M' ... John Standing
Supt Harris ... Nigel Havers
Rufus B. Saye ... Alan Shearman
Tiffany Case ... Lisa Dillon
‘Shady’ Tree ... Alex Jennings
Felix Leiter ... Josh Stamberg
Ernie Cureo ... Stacy Keach
Mr Spang ... Jared Harris
Sammy ... Kevin Daniels
Rocky and Wint ... Andre Sogliuzzo
Kidd and the Sergeant ... Darren Richardson
Tingaling and Dentist ... Matthew Wolf
Voice of Ian Fleming ... Martin Jarvis
Other parts played by members of the cast
Sound design: Mark Holden
Original music: Mark Holden and Michael Lopez
Director: Martin Jarvis
Producer: Rosalind Ayres
A Jarvis & Ayres production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2015.