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Diamond satellite (Diamonds are Forever) 1

The diamond satellite in orbit, as seen in Diamonds Are Forever (1971).

The diamond satellite was a fictional orbital laser weapon commissioned by Ernst Stavro Blofeld under the guise of and using the resources of billionaire industrialist, Willard Whyte. It was featured in EON Productions' 1971 James Bond film Diamonds are Forever.

Background

The final product of Blofeld's diamond smuggling pipeline, the diamond satellite was built by light refraction expert Dr. Metz at the Willard Whyte's Techtronics Plant in Nevada, United States. The laser is activated by using several hundred diamonds to concentrate and amplify a laser beam strong enough to destroy ICBM facilities, submarines, and other strategic targets from outer space orbit and is controlled from an oil platform off the coast of Baja California, ostensibly owned by Whyte Enterprises Inc.. While Metz naively believes the weapon to be a means of securing world peace, Blofeld uses the device to extort money from Washington DC. Similar orbital weapons appear in GoldenEye and in Die Another Day. The satellite is also similar to most other laser devices throughout the Bond film series, with this one being the largest and most powerful laser to date.

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