Shady Tree (Leonard Barr)

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Shady Tree is a character from the 1971 film Diamonds are Forever. A standup comic performing at the Whyte House in Las Vegas, Tree operates as part of Ernst Stavro Blofeld's diamond smuggling pipeline. Shady Tree was performed by Leonard Barr, himself a standup comic.

His name comes from the character of Michael "Shady" Tree, a gangster in Ian Fleming's 1956 novel Diamonds Are Forever.

Film biography

In the film Shady Tree is an old stand-up comedian of vaudeville doing shows at the Willard Whyte hotel-casino with its starlets but at the same time is part of the organization that traffics diamonds to Ernst Stavro Blofeld. It appears with Morton Slumber saving the life of Bond, played passed out in a coffin in the crematorium of the cemetery, when he discovers that diamonds delivered by him under false identity, are false.

Bond later learns that he does a show at the hotel and goes to show where Tree tells jokes acid and critical mood surrounded by verdigris feathered bikinis. He decides to make him a visit backstage to meet their role in the organization but the pair of Blofeld's assassins Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd comes first and kills Shady, eliminated one of those who had any previous contact with the diamonds.

Saxby walks into Tree's dressing room to find him dead. In a deleted scene, it is revealed that he was killed with a gun disguised as a toy gun that had a "bang" sign pop out. This scene can be found on the Ultimate Edition DVD.
Saxby: "We need Tree alive."
Kidd: "That is most annoying."
―Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd with Saxby[src]

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