Drama: Diamonds Are Forever, Radio 4, Saturday, 2.30pm.
RADIO PICK OF THE WEEK:
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.