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Our Man Flint
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by Chris Parry

"If you loved Austin Powers, you have to see what started it all."
4 stars

Throughout my life, I managed to avoid seeing this movie. It wasn't a conscious effort, but it just looked like another 60's spy series with all the glamor of a hokey James Bond rip-off. But these last few years it's hard to have missed the phenomenon that is Austin Powers, Mike Myers' 'far out' swingin' spy from the 60's. Austin Powers, if you hav a keen sense of irony, is hilarious, but it's even more hilarious when you track down and watch this flick - the basis of Mike Myers' satiric brilliance, and so silly it needs to be owned - not rented.

Derek Flint is a superspy; America's answer to 007, and over the top in every respect. Where Bond hooks up with many women, Flint keeps many in his house. Where Bond has the occasional gizmo in his Zippo lighter that help him out of dangerous situations, Flint has 82 of them... 83 if you smoke.

When the world's weather starts to act crazy and a criminal organization called GALAXY claims that if they don't get world disarmament in days they'll melt the polar ice caps, the governments of the world find themselves in peril enough to get Flint on the case. And why wouldn't you, when Flint can detect where a criminal is based by working out that the trace elements of food he left on a blowdart come from a boullabaise cooked only in a certain part of Marseilles, then heads to France and tries every boullabaise there is until he finds the one that tastes just right...

He's a man of many methods is our man Flint. Capable of seducing a female supervillain with a glance, or starting the heart of a dead man by touching an empty light socket with on hand and the man's chest with the other.

As you can no doubt tell, this is laughable stuff, and at times you assume it just has to be satire. But there are other times when you wonder if perhaps this sort of thing was eaten up by lesser educated audiences (though how any audience can be considered educated when people paid to see Freddy Got Fingered and Tomcats is beyond me) and wasn't as intentionally comedic as we think.

Coburn is great in the lead, though certainly slumming it. Seeing him wandering around the GALAXY volcano island base in a red, whit and black jumpsuit is hysterical, and his cunning means of de-programming brainwashed bimbos ("You... are NOT... a pleasure unit") will leave you in stiches.

And should you ever start to find yourself lost in the plot and actually start treating Our Man Flint like a real serious movie, you only need to wait for one of the many 'hotline' phone calls to come in, and recognize the ringing sound as the same one used in Austin Powers, to remember where you are. All the inspirations of the Powers series are there, the pleasure units look very femmebot-ish, the lair-in-the-volcano is an old favorite, and the ridiculously long means of getting rid of Flint (Scott Evil: "You always do this! Why don't you just shoot him?") are every bit as ridiculously long as Dr Evil's 'sharks with laserbeams' plan.

All it needed was an evil midget. Instead it's got girls in bikinis. Fair trade off. Silly and stupid, but so very worth a look-see. You'll laugh a lot.

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4/23/14 Rightwinger Saw this movie when it came out. I was 11 and from then on I wanted to be Derek Flint. 5 stars
10/07/04 John extremly entertaining with a sensational musical score 5 stars
2/07/04 M. M. Super cool film. Clear statement at the end of the importance of individualism. 5 stars
11/03/02 the gromulator it was always a spoof of 007, but I saw it as a kid and took it seriously 4 stars
1/05/02 ian sims great movie the best for entermainent 10/10 5 stars
12/27/01 Mike Watson, 33 Great movie, James Coburn at his finest 5 stars
10/31/01 Kristen Loved every second of this hilarious spoof 5 stars
10/29/01 R.W. Welch The 007 genre carried to the edge of absurdity. Very entertaining. 5 stars
10/27/01 Senor Pescolido Hilarious stuff. You'd think Coburn would buy it and burn it. 5 stars
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  16-Jan-1966 (NR)


  16-Jan-1966 (PG)

Directed by
  Daniel Mann

Written by
  Hal Fimberg
  Ben Starr

  James Coburn
  Lee J. Cobb
  Gila Golan
  Edward Mulhare
  Benson FOng
  Shelby Grant

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