Drama: Di­a­monds Are For­ever, Ra­dio 4, Satur­day, 2.30pm.

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In 1956, the fourth en­try in Ian Flem­ing’s pop­u­lar James Bond se­ries of nov­els was pub­lished. En­ti­tled Di­a­mond­sAreFor­ever, it was a best-seller, with the first print run of 12,500 copies selling out quickly.

It was also well-re­ceived by crit­ics and se­ri­alised in the Daily Ex­press. But it’s the film ver­sion that most peo­ple will be more fa­mil­iar with.

Re­leased in 1971, it was Sean Con­nery’s fi­nal of­fi­cial out­ing as 007, is an out­landish af­fair and, like many of Bond’s big-screen adap­ta­tions, isn’t that close to the source ma­te­rial.

This of­fer­ing, penned by Archie Scot­tney, prom­ises to be much nearer. Toby Stephens reprises the role of 007, a part he has played sev­eral times be­fore on ra­dio.

This time, the se­cret agent is try­ing to foil a plot to smug­gle di­a­monds out of Bri­tish-owned mines in Africa.

Martin Jarvis, whose com­pany pro­duced the show, pro­vides the nar­ra­tion as Flem­ing him­self.

A sparkling tale: Toby Stephens fea­tures.

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