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Our Man Flint
The ORIGINAL man of mystery!
The world's weather seems to have changed dramatically with violent storms everywhere and long dormant volcanoes suddenly erupting. No one is sure what is happening or why but when American intelligence chief Cramden loses yet another team of agents, there appears to be only one man who can do the job: Derek Flint, former super spy, incredibly rich and the ultimate ladies man. Despite Cramden's concerns, Flint is on the job and soon discovers that the Earth's weather is under the control of a secret organization known as GALAXY whose scientists are looking to pacify the world and devote humankind to scientific pursuits.
Didn't even finish it. Why.
Long before Austin Powers and beating Casino Royale (1967) to the big screen was this parody of the Bond franchise staring James Coburn. When the world is threatened by a group that can control the weather there is only one man for the job!
This is a pretty decent film but has one major problem, someone seems to have forgotten to put the jokes in. The plot does stretch the Bond clichés to the limit but really fails to bring home any laughs. Compared to the other films I mentioned this film is not really worth watching sadly
Fun spy spoof.
In perhaps the best spy spinoff of the 1960's, James Coburn elevates the material beyond mere spoofery. His spy is more Sherlock than Connery, more pragmatic than bullish. Once FLINT has performed it's requisite bits of Bond skewering within the first fifteen minutes, the film takes off on its own tangent, becoming something else entirely. Still comedy, but less parody.
During this watching, I noticed that OUR MAN FLINT had a slyly progressive opinion of women than one might expect. Flint's gaggle of women appear less like sex-toys than personal assistants (with benefits?) -- it's a fine line. Plus the "You are not a pleasure unit" mantra seems at least a decade ahead of Bond's eventual nudge into modern feminism with The Spy Who Loved Me. There's still a bunch of hot chicks dancing in bras and other requisite 60's tropes, but it's all done under mind control, so that's totally cool, right?
While not nearly as engaging as the Bond films and spy genre in general the film both spoofs and celebrates, Our Man Flint is a fun little romp and far more subdued as a satire than Austin Powers but just as unbelievable. Coburn is fantastic in the role and really sells it and I'm glad I sat down to watch even if it didn't quite live up to my expectations.
All I will say is once you watch this you will get SO many more of the references in Austin Powers.
A charming and fun entry in the spy genre, Our Man Flint is lighter in tone when compared to the Bond series, with plenty of humour, but without ever reaching parody.
The film benefits from a captivating performance by James Coburn (as the unstoppable and ultra-cool Derek Flint), a well-rounded cast (full of gorgeous women, led by the lovely Gila Golan), and a catchy soundtrack by the great Jerry Goldsmith.
Ah. So this is what passed for a "comedy" back in the day. A proto-AUSTIN POWERS spy movie spoof, its dullness is saved only briefly by its spectacular production design.
A mindless guilty pleasure; definitely one of the better spy spoofs that I've seen. Coburn combines the sophistication of the dashing secret agent type with the quirkiness that is seen in the contemporary interpretations of Sherlock Holmes.
It's funny that the actual Bond film "The Man with the Golden Gun" has a similar feel to "Our Man Flint" even though it was released much later.
- The Thing
- The Day the Earth Stood Still
- The Thing from Another World
- Liquid Sky
- The Ipcress File
- Funeral in Berlin
- Billion Dollar Brain
- Spies Like Us
- Marathon Man
- Dawn of the Dead
- Natural Born Killers
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