“Sherries don’t have years, Double Oh Seven,” says M.
“I was referring to the original vintage,” replies Bond, “on which the sherry is based, sir. Eighteen fifty-one.” Bond sips and looks at Sir Donald. “Unmistakable,” says Bond.
“Precisely,” says Sir Donald. “Tell me, Commander – – how far does your expertise extend into the field of diamonds?”
“Well,” says Bond, “hardest substance found in nature, they cut glass, suggest marriage, I suppose they’ve replaced a dog as a girl’s best friend, and that’s about it.”
“Refreshing to hear there’s one subject you’re not an expert on,” replies M.
“Yes, well, um, perhaps I’d better give you a brief background into our problem,” says Sir Donald. “Eighty percent of the world’s diamonds come from mines in South Africa.” The scene shows a typical diamond mining facility.
“Most are dug out of diamond-bearing clay at depths of up to three thousand feet,” continues Sir Donald. The scene shows drilling operations in a diamond mine.
“The whole process operates under an airtight security process. It’s an essential precaution, even though the industry prides itself on the loyalty and devotion of its workers,” says Sir Donald. A miner slips diamonds into his shoe.
IN THIS MINUTE:
Sean Connery as James Bond
Bernard Lee as “M”
Laurence Naismith as Sir Donald