It has been said that the plot of Diamonds Are Forever is confusing. But it is possible to connect the dots and draw some conclusions to what is really going on by reflecting and piecing together all the information that has been presented in the story. One could argue this is poor direction or unpolished writing, while on the otherhand, it could be argued this approach lends itself to deeper thought and interpretation rather than spoon feeding the viewer the plot. A non-Bond example is Pulp Fiction, where the story jumps chronologically from scene to scene, which could potentially confuse the viewer on initial viewing. There is also the unexplained briefcase, which one can infer possible meaning from various clues from throughout the film. There are several scenes throughout DAF that were lost on me the first time through. But on repeated viewings I was able to gather enough clues to make sense of what was going on: such as why the gangsters leave the hotel and why they tossed Plenty out of the window for example.
One particular scene that stands out is the Tiffany Case scene in the casino as Blofeld-in-drag walks by. Tiffany is having a chat with Q about working for the 'good guys'. Meanwhile, Q uses his RPM detector to score the jackpot on the slots. Suddenly, Blofeld in drag with cat walks through the room, which catches Tiffany's attention. She immediately pursues him to the outside. She searches for him in the taxi area, and eventually finds him, only to be shoved into the car. To which Blofeld says he is pleased to <i>meet</i> her.
This scene left me scratching my head for the longest time and I'm still not entirely sure about it. For one, based on what Tiffany said in earlier scenes, she only takes orders from voices on a phone, so she wouldn't have seen Blofeld face to face. So why then would she pursue this person without knowing who he(she) is? Second, how would Blofeld know how to bait her?
Here are my two theories:
Blofeld was wearing one of Tiffany's costumes and wigs: Blofeld wears a blond wig in the scene, and Tiffany's blond wig is alluded to in the scene in her Amsterdam apartment with Bond. Secondly, Kidd and Wint visited Tiffany's Vegas pad to kill her (but instead get Plenty). When Tiffany arrives there, she says "What's my wig doing in the pool?", which suggests she brought at least one wig with her on her trip to the States, so it's plausible she brought her collection of wigs as well. Having visited the Vegas house, Kidd and Wint would have rummaged the place for information on Tiffany, finding her outrageous collection of wigs and outfits. It would make sense that K and W, being androgynous characters themselves would go for the wigs. Blofeld who wishes to keep his identity secret in public uses the wig as disguise and as a way to bait in Tiffany.
Tiffany recognizes the diamonds on the cat's collar: This seems to be the more likely theory. For one, the movie opens to the shot of the diamond cat collar suggesting this is an important symbol that will come up later. The next clue comes in the briefing scene with M and Bond, where M describes the different types of diamonds. This is important, because the diamonds used in the heist by Blofeld are a specific unique high karrat type of diamond. This all ties together because Tiffany is a diamond connoisseur--she's literally named after Tiffany & Co. Plus, she was involved in the diamond smuggling ring first hand. She even had them in her chandelier. So she could probably spot those diamonds a mile away. Being that these were a rare variety of diamond and Tiffany's knowledge of diamonds, she would have <b>spotted the diamonds on the cat collar</b> and followed suit out of curiosity. By this theory, the DIAMONDS are the bait and Blofeld dressed as an old lady makes him appear less intimidating to Tiffany, so that she follows after her.
What do you think of these theories? Do you think there are other explanations? I want to avoid base reactions such as "this movie sucks" or "the writing is terrible". Obviously those opinions of the film as a whole are certainly held and expressed by many. But I'd like this to be more of a creative discussion of what could possibly be the explanation from the perspective of the story. I appreciate your input!