'007' retraces steps at 'Diamonds Are Forever' event at legendary Elrod House

Debbie Smith Fordby Deborah Smith Ford - Celebrity Lookalike Examiner
November 2011

imageIn November 2011 the legendary Elrod House, located in Palm Springs, California, found Dennis Keogh at his best. Keogh's voice and mannerisms, as 007, entertained guests at a special event. Keogh is a celebrity lookalike to that of Sir Sean Connery and James Bond.

Keogh, as 007, re-traced the famous celebrity's/character's footsteps at this home (the Elrod House) that is now considered legendary as well.

The event, held in the Elrod House, was hosted by the Young Presidents Organization and was a stellar Bond party with over 200 guests.

This time though, instead of being beaten up by two of the film'sThumper and Bambi characters, Bambi and Thumper, this Bond was assisted by the modern day cohorts who were more entertaining then threatening.

The house used in the film, Diamonds Are Forever (1971), was the former home of Arthur Elrod. It was designed by John Lautner and now known as the Elrod House.

The Martini Bar included an incredible ice sculpture of a Walther PPK with that of the 007 logo embedded in the ice.

The home's pool was adorned with floating centerpieces of large floral replicas of huge martinis with olives. Obviously, this time, due to the gorgeous decorations, there could be no fight scene in or around the pool with Bambi and Thumper as was depicted in the film.

Sean with Aston MartinOutside the home an Aston-Martin DBS was parked near the carport area. Guests posed for photos with 007 by the car, and that definitely added to the Bond themed party.

The house sits on approximately 6.5 acres of land high above Palm Springs with great views, and maybe one of the reasons it was used in the Bond film.

The movie scene was shot forty years ago. The filming began in April 1971 and wrapped in August of the same year.

Sean Connery was said to have never gotten much sleep during the filming, as it was shot in Palm Springs and Las Vegas where he played golf all day when he was not filming and hit the casino's at night. It's said that once Connery delayed production, as he was collecting his winnings at the casino.

Other locations for the film were shot in Amsterdam and London. Several of John Lautner's "creations" are now designated as Los Angeles Cultural-Historical Monuments. His dramatic and photogenic spaces have been frequently used as film, TV and photography locations. They have also influenced film production and set design, such as:

• the Elrod Residence was the location for the sequence in the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever in which Bond battles female assassins Bambi and Thumper, and it was not the last of Lautner's used in film or TV...

• the Chemosphere has been used several times as a film or TV location, including The Outer Limits (1964) and Brian De Palma's Body Double (1984).

• the Sheats Goldstein Residence in Beverly Hills has featured in The Big Lebowski, Bandits and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and is a sought-after location for fashion photo shoots;

• the Garcia House ("Rainbow") in West Hollywood featured in Lethal Weapon 2;
• the "car cafe" set created for the Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction was explicitly modelled on well-known examples of the Googie style, including Lautner's Googie diner

• for the Iron Man films, production designer Michael Riva and concept artist Phil Saunders based the design of Tony Stark's mansion on Lautner's architecture.

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